The Catalan province of Tarragona in eastern Spain is a dream region from the climber's point of view. Embedded in spectacular landscapes, there are a large number of climbing areas (relatively close to each other) that are as beautiful as they sound - first and foremost Siurana, of course. Also included in the guide: Montsant, Arbolí, Margalef, Mont-ral, La Mussara, Vilanova de Prades, La Riba, Els Cogullons, El Penitent, Masriudoms. Even though it is a selection guide - i.e. the individual areas are only presented in extracts - this 2nd edition of the climbing guide is quite comprehensive with now over 3800 routes, distributed over 11 areas. However, if you want to focus on only one of the areas included, you are certainly better off with a local guide.
Each area is described in detail in the introduction (e.g. type of climbing to be found, best season). Detailed access descriptions and sketches for the individual sectors as well as panoramic photos and GPS coordinates for all major parking possibilities leave no question unanswered in terms of orientation.
All further information is provided in pictogram form - here you will find information on orientation, access times, difficulty range of the existing paths, wall inclination/climbing style.
The topos are coloured lines over very good colour photographs and are very easy to read throughout. The individual routes are then characterised again by name, length and grade (French scale).
The climbing guide is written in three languages throughout - including English.
All in all, this is a very well-made climbing guide, which in its layout and clarity is strongly reminiscent of the tried-and-tested Rockfax guides.
language spanish, catalan, english
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P. O'Donovan and D. Andrada