Catherderal Rock Climbing in the national park Tenerife

Cathedral Rock - Mendez and Guillermo

El Catedral, (the Cathedral in English) is a volcanic plug that stands in Teide National Park in the centre of Tenerife. It offers a variety of traditional multi-pitch climbs that tend to be around 3 or 4 pitches in length to reach that summit via just over 100 meters of climbing. Whilst Tenerife has a lot of incredible climbing the majority of it is single pitch sport routes. El Catedral offers some of the best trad multi-pitch climbing on the island. In order to climb there, you need to seek permission from the national park which seems to be a straightforward process (see links in references section below). The route Via Mendez & Guillermo is not the original route up the face but offers a high quality adventure at grade UIAA V+. Whilst a completely different grading system it sits around VS. There are easier options to the summit if needed like the original route which is graded UIAA IV or around VDiff in British grades.

Grade VS 4c
Length 115m
Pitches 3
Approach 15min

The Route Topography

This is the route Mendez and Guillermo on Cathedral Rock in Teneriffe, Spain. It represents 115m of Granite rock climbing, usually over 3 pitches, of a max grade of VS 4c. Clicking the image will load the full screen high resolution Mendez and Guillermo climb topo.

Original Image: Николай Максимович

Approach & Descent Information

Approach: There is limited parking at Parador del Teide which is a short walk away. Alternatively, there are coach services up to here in the national park. The Cathedral rock climbing is south West past Roques de García.

Descent: The Decent requires 2 two abseils. Once from the top of the route, the other off to the side which can be tricky to find. See route topo above.

See Cathedral Rock on the climb map Open climb location in Google Maps

Weather & Local Conditions

Seasonal Weather Information

Note that some weather stations are close or even on the mountain, others are in nearby towns. Plan accordingly!

Estimated Rainy Days Per Month

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The graph shows the estimated average number of rainy days in the month that had more than 1mm rainfall or snow:

Estimated Temperature Per Month

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Estimated average high and low temperature in degrees Celsius for the given month.

References & additional links

The following links will take you to external websites specifically related to this climb: Mendez and Guillermo on Cathedral Rock.
Note: They contained relevant information at the time of publishing.

Site for gaining permission to climb
UKC Page
Good Local trad climbing info for the area including this route

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