About us

. Our job, our passion.

We have been rock climbing in Spain since 1989. In all these years, we have learnt a great deal about the best places to guide and teach rock climbing. Spain is a climbing paradise; frequent and affordable flights to all the main cities, amazing mountain locations and fantastic weather.

We offer guided ascents, rock climbing courses and Via Ferratas in a wide variety of Spanish locations and all year round.

Come and join us!

Main Locations

In the south and east of Spain, we use the fantastic climbing areas close to Malaga, Marbella, Barcelona and Valencia.


In the north of Spain the provinces of Asturias, Cantabria and the Vasque Country have great rock climbing, Via Ferratas and mountaineering -particularly in the Summer when it is much cooler than the south of Spain.

How it all started….

We had been regularly climbing in Spain since 1989 and when the frustration caused by British winters became too much, we decided to emigrate to the warmer areas of Spain blessed with sunshine and dry rock.

The climbing venues and the conditions were so good that we soon started to offer rock climbing courses on the sunny cliffs and mountains of Spain.

As the costs of flights to Spain decreased -and with some harsh winters in northern Europe- the demand for rock climbing courses and guided multipitch ascents ‘in the sun’ increased -not only in the mountains around Malaga, Granada, El Chorro -and the south of Spain in general -but also in the rock climbing areas close to Barcelona, Girona and Valencia – all of these enjoying great winter sunshine.

The Via Ferratas became also very popular and many new ones were developed in Andalucía, Catalunya and Cantabria. In our free time, we were investigating the wide variety of Via Ferratas in Spain and soon started guiding on the best of them. Several years after we know the best areas to climb in Spain inside out.

We love rock climbing and very much enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience.

Let us know what you want to achieve and we will show you the ropes!

Joseph Took
Joseph Took
08:27 11 May 23
Epic stag do fun on the Via Ferrata Baumes Corcades! Silvi did an amazing job organising the trip and even sorted a bus to & from Barcelona for 18 guys. Juan and Abi were great coaches and tailored the day to different abilities in the group. Thank you so much!! Will be back for some trad climbing courses closer to home at Silvi’s Snowdonia set up!
Donata Keršytė
Donata Keršytė
13:00 02 May 23
We went rock climbing with Silvia and her team a couple of times and now we are hooked 👏 such a great experience of being outdoors, in a beautiful nature, doing something so fun! These guys are real professionals, they choose a location that fits your level, they consider the weather conditions and can easily adapt if they see you do well or need something easier. I highly recommend this team. Silvia, Mickey, Joe 👏👏
Louise Ribet
Louise Ribet
08:02 22 Mar 23
I had the best three days with Silvia and am so glad I found her as an instructor during my stay in El Chorro. She helped me build the confidence and the foundational skills I needed to make the leap from indoor bouldering to outdoor climbing. She adapts all her tips to your specific climbing style and is overall a very fun person to learn from. I could not recommend Silvia more, whether you are new to outdoor climbing or looking to perfect your technique. Muchas gracias Silvia !
Tony L
Tony L
14:04 27 Feb 23
I have just spent 2 days with Silvi, from the Rock Climbing Company, refreshing learned climbing skills and learning  new ones.I started rock climbing with Silvi a few months ago, when I did a 4 day course, learning from the very beginning.I had never done any rockclimbing before and I loved it.I spent 4 days learning all the skills you need to start climbing independently.I practised some of them in a climbing gym when I went back to Finland.I returned to Spain to spend the rest of the winter and I decided to do a 2 day ‘refresher’ course, to ensure I was capable of going climbing by myself safely and independently.This time,  on day 1,  I did some lead climbing, managing top anchors and top rope some more difficult climbs.I also climbed a Via ferrata, and Sílvia taught me the ropes technique to do this by myself, too.On the day 2, we concentrated on movement skills and footwork on harder climbs, as well as a refresher on how to abseil safely.Silvia chose the venues, according to the weather and she got it perfectly right.On day 1, we went to the mountains of Villanueva Del Rosario with excellent weather.On day 2, we went to Pinares de San Anton very close to the coast, getting the best learning conditions on both days.Although I took part in an open group, the ratio was low and Silvia made sure each of us got tailored and individual teaching. She chose the content of the course, according to our aspirations and level of experience.I highly recommend Silvi & the Rock Climbing Company to anyone who wants to learn from the beginning or wish to improve their climbing skills.
Ross Syme
Ross Syme
14:39 22 Feb 23
Family of 4 just back from a fantastic 2 day outdoor climbing course with rock climbing company in Malaga. I really can't praise Silvia highly enough. She is incredibly knowledgeable and happy to pass this on as well as her knowledge of the local areas. She is patient while also knowing when to gently push your limits to help you achieve more. None of us had any outdoor climbing experience and from the start Silvia made us all feel comfortable, as we learned new skills. I would definitely recommend Silvia and we will hopefully be back sometime soon.
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Our team

We have a great team of people: mountain instructors, rock climbing guides and technical advisors who are dedicated climbers and very much enjoy teaching in the mountains.


We would love to share our passion with you!

Silvia Fitzpatrick

  • Rock Climbing Company Director
  • Mountain Leader (ML)-Rock Climbing Instructor(RCI)-Mountain Instructor-AMI, UK-
  • 40 years rock climbing
  • 25 tears teaching
  • Languages: English-Spanish-French


Silvi has climbed for thirty years all over the world.

She was the first woman to climb the FitzRoy mountain in Patagonia and also the first woman to climb 8a in Spain -in the Pyrenees cliffs of Catalunya- This was featured in the climbing magazine Desnivel N.96 where Silvia appears in the front cover:



In 1991 Silvi represented South America in the International Event “Climbed for the World” -that was organized by United Nations, UK- and climbed the north face of the Eiger in Switzerland.

In 1994 she was the British Indoor Climbing Champion and became a member of the British Indoor Climbing Team for three years.

In 1997 she won the International Competition ‘Escalade’ in Sidney, Australia.

In 2006, Silvia red pointed her hardest sport route: ‘El Oraculo’ 8b, in El Chorro southern Spain.



In 2010, she was invited to Buckingham Palace in London to a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth. This was in recognition of the people who had contributed to the development of Adventure Sports & Activities in Europe and the UK.

Silvi studied and taught P.E. and Modern Languages in the UK, but soon decided to follow her heart and teach climbing in the mountains instead.

Apart from rock climbing, she loves mountain biking, dogs and pizzas.



Francisco Chavez

  • Mountain Leader-Mountain Instructor  (A.E.G.M. Member of the Spanish Association of Mountain Guides)

  • 30 years rock climbing

  • 20 years teaching

  • Languages: English-Spanish-Catalan


Fran started climbing at age of 13, by the mid-late 80’s. Soon, the local climbing areas near his hometown in Barcelona, became his second home. and he embraced climbing as a life style.



Montserrat Mountains in the north of Barcelona was  -and still is -his favourite playground and where Fran developed most of his climbing skills.

He considers himself an “all rounder” rock climber who loves every discipline including traditional and alpine climbing.

In sport climbing, he has on sighted up to 7c on and red pointed 8b.



Marijne Lekkerkerker

  • Rock Climbing & Trekking Guide
    Trained at Dutch Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (NKBV)

  • 20 years rock climbing

  • 15 years teaching

  • Languages: English-Spanish- Dutch-German-French

Marina- as we all call her- is originally from Amsterdam but has been living in Spain for over 15 years.

She started climbing over 20 years ago and worked for several years as an instructor in two of the best climbing walls in Amsterdam.

Marina loves traveling and exploring the world and was for a few seasons a trekking guide in Malaysia.

In 2005 she completed her outdoor instructor’s training in Belgium for the Dutch Climbing and Mountaineering Federation ((NKBV).

Her hardest red point is 8a+ and she has on sighted 7b+.

Marina studied International Relations in Amsterdam and she can speak fluently 5 languages. This has proved to be very useful when we teach children or people with limited English or we are climbing in international venues like El Chorro, Chulilla or Siurana.

Apart from rock climbing in the best areas of Valencia and Barcelona, Marina loves cats, dogs and cooking. Her carrot cake is heaven!

Henning Wang

  • Rock Climbing Instructor

  • Mountain Instructor

  • Glaciar and Ice instructor

  • Certificates granted by Norwegian Mountain Sport Forum(NF)

  • 20 years rock climbing

  • 15 years teaching

  • Languages: English, Norwegian,Swedish

Henning is from Trondheim, Norway but he spends his winters in the south of Spain, in our Malaga base of Villanueva Del Rosario.

He loves climbing in Chilam Balam cave and this famous route -together with ‘Mdma’- both graded 9b-have become some of his favourite ‘projects’.

The emblematic route called ‘La Rubia’, graded 8c +, is one of his many achievements in this climbing area.



Henning’s hardest on sight is 8a and he has red-pointed 8c+



Henning also enjoys filming and climbing photography.



James Monypenny

  • Mountain Leader (ML)-Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)-Mountain Instructor (AMI, UK)

  • 15 years rock climbing

  • 10 tears teaching

  • Languages: English-Spanish


James has worked as an outdoor instructor and expedition leader for many years in a variety of fields.

He has completed first ascents on unclimbed mountains in Patagonia, the Pakistani Karakoram, the Andes, the Himalayas and the mountains of China.


James holds a BSc Sport and Exercise science for Performance Coaching and has completed the “Middle of Nowhere” medical training.


James has been spending many happy years in the outdoors, exploring the most remote mountains and places in the world.

He rarely sits down and -when he is not climbing- he goes kayaking or paragliding in the far-flung corners of the earth.

Pablo Lloveras

  • Mountain Leader-Mountain Instructor (A.E.G.M. Member of the Spanish Association of Mountain Guides)

  • 30 years climbing

  • 20 years teaching experience

  • Languages: English-Spanish

Pablo directed the Climbing School of Cordoba -in Argentina- until he moved to Spain to explore the mountains in Europe and teach rock climbing.

His climbing experience is very broad; from setting up and bolting many sport routes to Alpine, Andes & Aconcagua and Patagonia ascents.

His hardest redpoint is 8a+ and he has on sighted 7c.

Pablo studied and finished Accountancy at the University of Cordoba but he prefers mountains and rock climbing and he does not remember much about that.

When he is not playing on the rocks, Pablo enjoys spending time with his children, reading and taking pictures of cliffs and mountains.

Simon Marsh

  • Director of DMM Climbing Equipment in North Wales

  • Technical advisor

  • Mountain Leader (ML)- Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)

  • 30 years rock climbing

  • 15 years teaching

Simon is a director at DMM Climbing Equipment in North Wales and he regularly travels to Spain to support the Rock Climbing Company with climbing equipment and instruction.

Simon is also one of the founders of the Rock Climbing Company and he gives us technical advise on safety developments, climbing equipment, legal requirements and administration issues.

Simon started climbing while studying at Manchester University. His hardest on sight is trad E 6 and he has red pointed sport 8a.

He loves dogs and exploring beautiful areas in his mountain bike.


Our "support" team


Looks after the ropes so they don’t get in a tangle…


Ensures you don’t forget your helmet!


Cheers you up when you get to the top!