Echo Valley is rapidly becoming one of the Costa Blanca's most important climbing areas. It is a remote and unspoilt valley dotted with spectacular cliffs and crags. Nearly all the development work here has been done by either Rowland Edwards or his son Mark who run the Compass West school of rock climbing. Development continues to this day.
Echo Valley has a huge range of routes from simple single pitch routes at grade F2 to long multi-pitch monsters at F8. The vast majority of these are purely trad routes but a few are protected by a combination of trad gear and ENPs. Check out the ENP section of The Climbing page for details of this unique protection technique.
Rowland Edwards, who has done so much to open up this area and to document it in the RockFax guide, has recently posted the following:
"Please use the abseil provided on the Echo 1 and 2 crags. Avoid walking down the back of the crag and creating new, and unnecessary foot paths ( and erosion). We have already lost a number of crags in Spain due to careless behaviour by climbers- not always Brits. We all love these areas so let's keep them as near to how we found them in the first place."
The Edwards family have done further development in the Echo Valley and have add new and exciting routes. Check out the following links to the Compass West website for topos to other developed crags:
El Lomo y Cola del Leon. (The back and tail of the lion)
Full scale crag with 19 routes from VD to 7bDos Hermanos
Fancy a tyrolean traverse?
A number of harder, long multi-pitch routes.Pleasure Domes
Over forty new routes ranging from S to E5+
This is an exciting article detailing the new developments on the Aguja de Pilar in the Echo Valley.
The previous version of the Rockfax guide (Edition 3, published in 2001) had further topos for Echo Valley, including the Echo Placa and Haunted Walls. These were left out of the current edition for space reasons. However, they can be found here on the Rockfax website.
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