El Pedestal & La Penya Roja & Piló Suïcida (La Riba)
10 min / 366 m.a.s.l. / East, South, West
This wonderful and historic climbing area situated in the delightful valley of the River Brugent, just west of the town of La Riba, is one of Tarragona’s oldest sport-climbing venues, with the great majority of routes having been established during the 1980s. These days, while somewhat eclipsed by the province’s more major zones, La Riba nevertheless still offers excellent climbing, particularly in the lower and middle grades. Indeed, some of the 5th and 6th grade routes on the magnificent Penya Roja are amongst the finest in the region, although it has to be said that their popularity has added a certain degree of polish over the years. A little further up the scale, sector La Xina — the location of one of Spain’s earliest climbing competitions— hosts an excellent selection of athletic and pumpy 7’s. The majority of cliffs have a south-easterly orientation meaning climbing in La Riba can be a yearround activity, with excellent conditions to be found both on mid-winter mornings and early afternoons, as well as breezy summer evenings. Furthermore, the rock is extremely quick to dry-out, even after prolonged rainfall.
El Pedestal: A short sector featuring steep, athletic climbs. Some of the routes are polished, especially the starts. Orientation Southeast — sunshine until mid-afternoon.
La Penya Roja: A very nice sector with many excellent climbs on great rock, although some of these are quite polished. Orientation Southeast — sunshine until mid-afternoon.
Piló Suïcida: An impressive pinnacle. The most popular climb is a combination of Gitano Blanc followed by the second pitch of Alegre-Bonet.
El Pedestal: From the parking follow an obvious path down into and across the riverbed, then past a derelict mill (El Molí de la Font Gran) heading directly towards the cliffs. The first section of rock reached is El Pedestal (10 minutes).
La Penya Roja: From the parking follow an obvious path down into and across the riverbed, then past a derelict mill (El Molí de la Font Gran) heading directly towards the cliffs. The first section of rock reached is El Pedestal; just beyond this lies the start of Penya Roja (10 - 12 minutes).
Piló Suïcida: From the parking follow an obvious path down into and across the riverbed, then past a derelict mill (El Molí de la Font Gran) heading directly towards the cliffs. Continue uphill, passing El Pedestal and Penya Roja to reach the obvious tower (12 minutes). Orientation Southwest — shade until mid-afternoon.
From the C-14 follow the TV-7044 uphill through the town of La Riba then continue driving west for approximately 1.5km to an obvious parking area directly opposite the cliffs on the other side of the river.