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Totxo de Ponent

Barbara working the crux on a 6c
Bàrbara working the crux of a good 6c

Totxo de Ponent is a small sector on the south face of Montserrat. With only 12 routes that are fairly short, 10-20 meters of actual climbing, it might seem like a not so interesting sector to choose for a day of climbing (especially compared to everything else on the south face of Montserrat). Well, as it turns out basically every route (I’ve done 7 of 12) is packed with perfect pockets, pinches and crimpers. The climbing is very fun in the typical Montserrat vertical/slab style. The conglomerate is of high quality and the bolting is good. Since the crag is west faced and the approach is short we so far have gone there after work to enjoy a couple of intense hours of climbing before heading home.

The crag can be found in the Montserrat Cara Sur guidebook but has been updated with a couple of new routes and adjusted grades. For the approach, it’s easiest if you buy the guidebook. Then bring the updated topo that you can find on the Blog d’en Groinket.

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