The interest in climbing walls has been on the rise in recent years. So much so that the capital of Spain is full of them, distributed over a large number of neighborhoods. We, as sports enthusiasts, have thought of making a guide to know the best climbing walls in Madrid and thus have different options to choose from. So how could we not share it with you? Stay to read more about them to find out which one is closest to your home.
THE ROCODROME: THE ROCK WALLS OF THE CITIES
Climbing walls arose as a substitute for rock walls and so that climbers could continue practicing this sport in the cities without having to travel too much. Appearing in the 30s and 40s when they began to introduce stones into the walls simulating rocks. Little by little they began to become popular and to be incorporated into shopping centers, parks or municipal sports centers. Such is its success that it was recently categorized as an Olympic sport and we saw it at the Tokyo games with the brilliant performance of Alberto Ginés, the Spaniard who took the gold.
Whether you are from Madrid or not, you know that in this city there is always something to do and climbing walls are in fashion, especially to enjoy in a group and have a good time with good company.
THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CLIMBING IN ROCODROMES
Before starting with our list and knowing which are the best climbing walls in Madrid, it is important to take into account a minimum knowledge of sports terminology. So here are some of the most important concepts:
They are the different obstacles that we cling to to climb and that imitate the shapes of the rock. They are usually of different shapes and appear in different colors to indicate two factors: graduation (degree of difficulty) and block tracking.
- CALL FEET
This is the name given to the footwear worn by climbers, which is very important since it has a certain degree of adherence to better ascend in the climbing wall. In addition, they are light and allow flexibility in the movements of the foot.
They are each of the paths that exist in the climbing wall from the bottom to the top. The climbing routes are mounted with the dams that are placed on the walls to be able to climb. You can know the difficulty of each route based on the color of the prey
- Initiation: turquoise and brown
- Easy: red and yellow
- Hard: pink and blue
- Very difficult: black and green
THE 4 BEST CALLING CENTERS IN MADRID
1. SHARMA CLIMBING MADRID
We start off big with one of the biggest climbing walls in all of Madrid and the whole country. Its name comes from the climber Chris Sharma and it is located at 55 Julián Camarillo street. Such is the breadth of this climbing wall that it has more than 120 routes up to 18 meters high and 150 blocks full of obstacles that allow you to fully enjoy this sport. These obstacles light up with led lights depending on the level and difficulty of the steps. In addition, it has an area for the little ones who are starting out in the sport with a wall full of colors that will be most attractive for them.
If you want to combine your climbing exercise with others, the center has a gym, a multifunctional room with a space for yoga or Pilates classes.
2. SPUTNIK CLIMBING CENTER
This climbing wall located in Las Rozas opened in 2016 and 5 years later it became the most important and largest in Madrid, so Sharma's was in second place in terms of dimensions. Regarding the facilities, this climbing wall provides its climbers with more than 125 routes up to 20 meters high.
How can we know the difficulty of each hold? In Sputnik Climbing, it is specified in the area at the foot of the route, relating holds of the same color to a specific degree.
Also, on many climbing walls you will need a partner to belay you down so that you can climb safely. However, in Las Rozas you can go climbing on your own because it has 33 self-insured with routes that go from the IV degree.
When the good weather approaches, it has an outdoor area where you can enjoy a day of scale outdoors. Which also has self-insurance and 36 more routes.
Like the previous one, it has an area for children, although compared to others it is somewhat small.
3. SOUL CLIMB OF LEGANES
Located on Calle Severo Ochoa 19 in Leganés, it is one of the most popular in Madrid that you should go to if you love climbing. The characteristics of this climbing wall are more than 1500 meters to climb with a rope and with about 25 routes of 10 to 12 meters or less of different difficulty.
Its creative blocks make this climbing wall one of the most fun in Madrid due to its variety of vertical walls and overhangs. In addition, in recent years some of its facilities have been renovated and changed. All their dams have been replaced by others that show new shapes and designs. Finally, according to various opinions, its environment is very familiar and close.
4. CLIMBAT X MADRID
Another of the important climbing walls in Madrid that is located inside the Centro Comercial X Madrid, popular for its sports facilities, specifically skateboarding, since it allows you to use your board inside the establishment. It contains a linear wall 47 meters high that copies that of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. It also offers its climbers a fall cave or a section of routes with up to 19 meetings. In addition, it has climbing courses for adults and a summer camp for the little ones.
In total there are 1966 square meters with all kinds of activities of different levels . One of the failures of this climbing center is that it lacks mats at the foot of the route. Mats are not something you can do without when climbing, because if you fall and they are not underneath, the impact can be painful.
PUBLIC CALLING ROOMS IN MADRID
Room climbing has been so successful in recent years that you can also see them in any corner of your city and use them for free.
1. PLANETARIUM ROCODROME
It is one of the toughest public climbing walls in Madrid with two roofs, 2 crossings and several routes to be done with rope. This climbing wall is more suitable for those who already have basic knowledge of climbing because if not, it can make it very difficult for us.
2. SAINZ DE BARANDA CLIMBING CALL
Located in Parque Roma, it is one of the best equipped with a 12-meter tower where you can climb with a rope and a boulder area about 3 meters high. In addition, it allows both beginners and professionals to enjoy.
3. MANOTERAS CLIMBING ROOM
And the neighborhood of Hortaleza, is the oldest of all those that exist in Madrid, since it is more than 21 years old. Thanks to the Manoteras mountain club, it was renovated in 2018 and is well maintained and equipped.
4. PACIFIC CALL CALL
Located under the Pacífico bridge and built by the Relief company, it was inaugurated in 2019. It has 176 scalable square meters and we recommend it to both child and adult climbers.
Now that you know everything about the climbing walls in Madrid, what are you waiting for to put on your climbing shoes and climb to the top? A personal challenge that you cannot miss and that you may have at your disposal just a few minutes from your home.