This year’s overseas trip will take us to the sunny south of Spain – El Chorro is the destination. The trip will take place from the 13th-20th of October.
Around an hour’s drive from Malaga, El Chorro offers over two thousand routes for you to explore (although possibly not all in the same week). A new edition of the El Chorro Rockfax is due out late summer, so this should be perfect timing for the trip! A number of other guidebooks are also available, which will offer different selections of routes.
You’ll find plenty of single-pitch and multi-pitch routes in the area at all grades, most of which are sport (although it’s never a bad thing to take a little bit of gear to be on the safe side). Outside of the climbing you’ll find plenty of hiking and walks – the King’s Pathway looking like one of the more exciting options! There’s also some via ferrata in the area.
If you fancy a rest day, there are plenty of nearby attractions – Malaga nice and close, and it’s not too far to drive to the Alhambra (for fans of both architecture and board games). Marbella is also close, but unless you’re willing to abstain from carbs then I’m reliably informed that you’ll be denied entry. I’ll look into more things nearer the time, to get a list of suggestions together!
In terms of accommodation, we’ve booked the bunkhouse at Finca la Campana (with the option of one or more cottages if we’re too big a group) with both breakfast and dinner included – less time shopping, cooking and cleaning means more time for climbing and relaxing by the pool! See http://www.fincalacampana.com/en/ if you’d like more information. This is a great location for climbing, being a short drive or even a walk to the crag. They have a pool, a common area (with a football table and table tennis), free wifi, a small climbing wall, and a shop that (I quote) “stocks essentials, such as…beer”.
Flights are available direct from Southampton at a cost of £124 at the time of writing, although baggages costs will increase this. If people want to fly from other airports, then as long as you can coordinate arrival times or make your own way to the accommodation then that is also an option!
All in, we expect this trip to cost in the region of £300 for the week (including the cost of flights, which you’ll need to book yourself). Once we have numbers, and have looked into car hire and the like, we can calculate a final cost.
In order to secure your place, please pay a deposit of £50 by Monday the 30th of April. You can do this below! We’ll then contact you in the coming months to request the final balance from you, which will be around the £100 mark. Note – this deposit will be non-refundable once we have finalised the numbers.