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Arico Gorge, Tenerife
Lower Arico Gorge
Canary Islands
 
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Height of Arico Gorge: 30 to 100 feet (9 to 30 m)
Age of rock: 1 to 2 million years
Number of climbing routes: about 175 for all skill levels
 
Lower Arico Gorge[2]

 

One of the best areas for climbing is the superb Arico gorge, set in the mountains of Arico
Arico Gorge, Tenerife, Canary Islands
It is the largest climbing area on the island, and home to Tenerife’s hardest routes. Arico is a dried up river bed, layered with pine trees and huge boulders. The lower gorge was once quarried leaving huge overhanging walls up to 30 meters high and home to some of the hardest routes in Spain. The climbing on the island is suited for all grades of climbers. The easier walls of Arico upper and Tejina are well within the capabilities of even beginner climbers.
And the lower walls of Arico are suited to the more experienced climbers. And if sport climbing isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of adventure routes in the mountains of the north. Around Tanganana and Roque Ambro are the best places in the north. The huge sea cliffs of Los Gigantes in the south are another good location for the more adventurous. They stand some 2000 feet from the sea and should only be challenged by very experienced climbers


A rough landscape of pitted rock pillars, cracked boulders, and bus-sized shelves of stone lean against burnt-brown cliffs, this is the Arico Gorge of Tenerife. Walking through this landscape is comparable to entering a natural disaster zone. Located on the southeastern slope of a now-dormant volcano that towers close to 12,000 feet above the ocean's surface, the Arico area has been scalded by red-hot lava and scorched by fiery-hot gasaes and ash for thousands of years.

As the eruptions stopped and the mountain cooled, the layers of volcanic ash and ejected rubble were compressed over time into a conglomerate of stone known as ignimbrite, which wind and water then cut to form this narrow canyon. This process exposed pockets of gas and shards of rock once trapped within lava flows, and so the canyon walls of today have a knobbly and even abrasive character, features that have made Arico one of the top climbing destinations in the world. With its steep walls and giant boulders, a climb through this gorge is certainly a challenge. Despite the dusty and dry semi-desert conditions, the gorge runs in a zigzap, so there is always shade nearby for a break from the sun. [1]

 

 

 

La silla electricia 6c, Arico, Tenerife

 

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August 23, 2007

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References
 
1.1,001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die 2005-p.491- Michael Bright-retrieved 6/22/2009
2.Rockclimbing-Lower Gorge---retrieved 6/27/2009
 
 

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