The Montsant is a mountain range well recognized for its geological formation, the walking routes, as well as by bicycle and its climbing routes. Is its imposing orography that makes, throughout the year, a continuous movement of visitors.
Climbing is an activity of long tradition in Catatonia which, from a few years ago, is becoming more important, and in the Montsant is one of the main sporting activities. Its rock has exceptional qualities for climbing thanks to the calcareous conglomerate that forms it, presenting a multitude of holes and fissures facilitating its execution.
Since a few years ago, the climbing routes have been increasing significantly. At present, there are approximately 90 sectors and 1.500 tracks in the entire Montsant, which are concentrated where there is availability of conglomerates greater than 15-20m, which establishes different pathways ranging from graduation III to 9a+.
In 2006, with the objective of guaranteeing the compatibility of climbing and the management of natural conversation, especially considering the nesting raptors in the Montsant, a regulation document of climbing was made in the Natural Park. The species affected by this activity are Bonelli’s eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) mainly.
This regulation was taken care by the inhabitants concern about the accounting of certain activities with the protection of the natural heritage, the managing organ of the Park and the application of the current legislation. The committee created established places of permissibility of climbing: free zones, conditioned zones and zones of permanent prohibition.
STANDARDS AND TIPS OF NATURAL PARK OF MONTSANT
- Park in the parking areas and not on the dirt tracks or in fields. Free camping is forbidden.
- Remember that lighting fires is permitted only at certain times of the year and in designated areas.
- Use of non-biodegradable soaps is harmful to the environment.
- Keep pets on a lead and collect their excrements.
- Respect the vegetation and fauna around you.
- Respect private property. Remember that we are all responsible for preserving our natural and cultural environment.
- Take your rubbish with you; nobody should realize you’ve been here!
- Motor vehicle traffic is regulated; observe the signs and barriers.
- Preserve the peace and quiet of the area; everyone will thank you for it.
REGULATION IN CLIMBING AREAS
- Climbing in Montsant Natural Park is regulated. There are unrestricted, restricted and prohibited areas. For further information, see the map, (http://bit.ly/2oopGLG).
- If you bolt a route, report it to the Park. This will help us manage it in the future (http://bit.ly/2pX9tdt).
- Please use existing paths to reach the climbing routes.
- Wild camping is prohibited. Find out where you can bivouac or camp.
- Do not leave gear indefinitely on the routes; with time, it deteriorates and may become dangerous to use.
- Be responsible and avoid risks. You must evaluate the state of equipment and facilities.
In addition, it is currently important to emphasize THE POOP PROBLEM, because we have to respect the environment and the inhabitants of the region that live and work in these lands.
- Dig a small hole away from the paths and bury it. You can use a trowel!
- Don’t bury tampons or sanitary pads; they’re not biodegradable. Use as little toilet paper as you can. Don’t leave it there, take it with you!
Finally, what has to be taken into account in THE BIVOUACKING AREAS?
- These are not campsites and there are no services. Don’t take up all the room and keep your impact as low as possible! We’ll all thank you for it!