Riglos is a picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Behind this village are huge red conglomerate pillars that rise up to 300m high, of which “El Pison” dominates them all. These pillars provide both sport climbing and traditional climbing (using natural protection such as nuts and cams).
The photograph opposite shows the main cliffs of Riglos. The Fire is on the left (in the background), the broad pillar of El Pison, and the Visera on the right. The photograph is by by Guillaume Dargaud, and his website (http://www.gdargaud.net) has many excellent climbing photographs from around the world.
Rock climbing areas around Riglos
|No||Crag||Type of Rock||Number of routes||Grade Range|
|1||Riglos||Conglomorate||296||F4 to F8a|
|2||Pena Rueba||Conglomorate||34||F5 to F8a|
|3||Mallos de Aguero||Conglomorate||44||F4+ to F8b|
|4||Foz de Escalete||Limestone||60||F5 to F8b+|
|5||Castillo de Loarre||Limestone||19||F4 to F6c+|
|6||Valle del Garona||Limestone & Sandstone||49||F5+ to F8a|
|7||Vadiello||Limestone & Sandstone||410||F5 to F9a|
The conglomerate nature of the rock provides numerous small pebbles and larger stones, which means the style of climbing is very different to other rock types (particularly limestone). Therefore Riglos offers a total different climbing experience to other parts of northern Spain. There are nearly 300 routes here across a wide range of grades from F4 to F8a on steep or slightly overhanging rock.
Virtually all the routes at Riglos are multi-pitch routes that range from 150m to 300m long, and therefore twin 60m ropes are essential. The sport routes are usually well bolted though as on multi-pitch routes it is advisable to carry a small rack of traditional gear as some sections can be exposed. The photo opposite shows a route on El Pison and was taken by Guillaume Dargaud. El Pison is the largest pillar at Riglos with routes up to 300m long.
Vadiello is the closest crag to Huesca. It is very extensive with over 400 routes on a mixture of conglomerate and limestone rock. The style of climbing is also very varied from slab routes above the reservoir, to steep and overhanging routes in a sunny cave above the canyon.
The other climbing areas around Riglos (as shown on the map) are a combination of conglomerate, limestone or sandstone rock. The crags themselves have fewer routes though there is a good selection of long multi-pitch (up to 300m long) and single pitch sport routes.
Riglos is included in the multi-pitch rock climbing in Europe guidebook. Though this book doesn’t include any routes it describes the climbing at Riglos in great detail, along with many great photographs. Further information is then given about practical information about how to get there, where to stay, when to go, rock quality and routes, and the type of gear required for climbing at Riglos. Buy this multi-pitch rock climbing in Europe guidebook from our shop.
Click on the images to view a larger photograph, showing the excellent rock climbing to be found at Riglos.
During a quick fire 4-day visit Ian Wyatt discovers there numerous tips to be learnt when climbing these 300m multi-pitch routes. Read his article...
The Riglos Vertical Rock Climbing Guidebook is the definitive guidebook for Riglos, Pena Rueba, Mallos de Aguero, and Foz de Escalete.
The Roca Espana Pyrenees rock climbing guidebook describes a selection of routes at both Riglos and Vadiello.
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