Tuesday, March 30, 2010


The new ROCKTOPO ebook is almost ready and will be available to download from our web rocktopo.com within days. It is La Proa - El Faraó area, covering the west side of Montserrat's Southern slopes and including a wide selection of both sport craggs and trad multipitch climbs. From the popular Agulla del Senglar 8a's to the all time classic Anglada-Guillamon in El Faraó, from single pitch sport problems in the warm Vermell del Xincarró to the fine multipitch bolted lines of West la Proa and Agulla de l'Aritjol, all is featured in this our last rocktopo ebook with our hiper-understandable and info-loaded rocktopos. Check them out and enjoy climbing out there.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Take a look at this short movie recreating Montserrat's Cavall Bernat first ascent, back in 1935, oct-27. It was produced by the catalan public broadcasting corporation TV3. It is in catalan but the images are fine and the movie offers a good general view not only of the Cavall Bernat area but of the whole Montserrat. We hope you like it!

Go to ROCKTOPO WEB SITE -or click the ROCKTOPO SHOP button right hand- for detailed topos of the best routes in Cavall Bernat -including the REGULAR ROUTE featured in the movie- and/or to download -you may also click the FREE TOPOS button right hand- a free PUNSOLA-RENIU topo, Montserrat most popular 200m plus route.

Monday, March 08, 2010


 Our friend Chris Bonington visited us last Saturday -March-6th- to take advantage of the only window of good weather he has had during his first visit to our country this year. We have been climbing together for several years now (Chris visits us twice a year, usually March and November). When it comes to rock climbing, he has a taste for long moderated free climbing stuff and magnificient landscapes, and Montserrat provides us both.

 This time we met in El Bruc for breakfast, went thru several topos over it and finally decided to show up in Can Jorba area soon enough to beat the crowds that by mid morning wait in line to start any of the excellent long routes exploring the Miranda de Can Jorba slab. We were a “little” group of 11 climbers: 2 teams went for Sol Solet, 1 team decided on Escabroni Escapullini and Chris’s rope team went for Bego-Miguel-Kush. 



All 3 routes enjoy 5-6 pitches of perfect conglomerate, perfectly equipped sustained climbing within the 4a-4c range with the occasional 5a-5b move, and clean rock from bottom to top. Once in the wall we had to endure a polished first pitch (result of these routes popularity) in the shade in a quite cold morning but, after reaching the first belay station, a warm sun accompanied us all the way to the top, on which we were standing shortly after 3 hours of climbing, at 01:00 p.m. 


With such beautiful routes, the fair weather and the typically wonderful Montserrat landscape around, only Chris’s left painful ankle (a “souvenir” of an old fall) stopped Chris short of rounding a great day up with another route in the Torrent de Migdia area. Instead of that, we took our time to hike around and slowly descending back to Can Jorba while enjoying a beautiful scenery. We finished the day sharing some beers and snacks in El Bruc, truly happy after another day in paradise.


Sol Solet, Escabroni Escapullini, and Bego-Miguel-Kush topos can be found in Vinya Nova and Can Jorba e-book, available in our ROCKTOPO SHOP

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Welcome to ROCKTOPO rock climbing blog. We have created it as a complement to our rocktopo.com web site. Here we will periodically upload news and events related with Montserrat as well as details on the day-to-day rock climbing activity we carry out in this wonderful stone universe that fires rock climbers imagination like no other place on Earth. More than that, we will be very happy to post comments and pictures of your Montserrat experience.

Rising in the catalan heartland and less than one hour’s drive from Barcelona and its metropolitan area, Montserrat is the only top ten world class rock climbing destination that close to such a big and dynamic city. Plenty of climbers visit it every weekend and some of them call it home year round. Both cutting edge free climbers and state of the art wall rats push the standards of rock climbing up year after year, proud heirs of the pioneers that back in the 1920s roped up for the first time to reach a rocky summit in this country.

Montserrat has magic within. Craddle of catalan mountaineering and birth place of acrobatic climbing, it is Europe’s Yosemite. The sheer, dramatic walls, the amount of established routes (Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000), and their challenging nature are unique. Come and see!