VALL DE GUADAR


The Vall de Guardar (previously called Echo Valley with crags Echo 1, Echo 2, Castillo and Echo Playa) is the impressive rocky defile that cuts deep into the mountains behind the bulk of the Ponoch. Viewed from a distance, the walls here are easy to miss in comparison to the mass of other rock around. Viewed from close-up you realise that these are major faces with some impressive steep rock in a beautiful setting. The 6 separate buttresses offer both trad and sport routes. The trad climbing is mostly on the longer multi-pitch routes on Aran de Batistot (Echo 2), Paret del Castellet and El Castellet, and these routes require the carrying of a decent-sized rack of gear and double ropes. With the exception of Paret del Castellet, the other crags all have plenty of decent sport routes across the grades including some relatively easy routes on Echo 1.5 and Paret de la Bassa. Further up the valley are more huge cliffs that have also been developed with long routes including Les Penyes que Parlen, Col Lama and the Haunted Walls. These areas are not described in this guidebook - check www.compasswest.co.uk for more information.

Routes

Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Aran de Batistot
This fine face has some great routes for the climber in search of something a bit more adventurous....
57
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

5 mins

Windy
Echo 1.5
Two small pieces of excellent quality rock with a great set of lower-grade routes. These were...
21
Sport
Morning sun
Up and down

2 mins

sheltered
El Castellet - Lower
El Castellet is the huge diamond-shaped wall which offers a mixture of trad and sport routes. The...
39
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

2 mins

El Castellet - Wasp Area and Upper
The higher walls contain some striking lines, though it is the easier trad lines on the left-hand...
15
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Windy
Paret del Castellet - The Bay
The left-hand side of the main bulk of Paret del Castellet takes the form of a wide depression...
7
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Paret del Castellet
This impressive dome-shaped cliff dominates the lower end of the valley. It is clearly visible from...
14
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Paret de la Bassa
Situated down the hill from the imposing towers of Paret del Castellet and Aran de Batistot is a...
13
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

Crag X
A small buttress with a few interesting offerings. It is accessible, faces south and dries quickly.
10
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

4 mins

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