No stanchions for Montgo climbers

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© Lisa Risager
MONTGO MOUNTAIN: Now a protected national park.

THE regional government plans to remove fixed stanchions from climbing routes on Montgo mountain.

Climbing clubs from Gata, Pego, Calpe, Gandia and Valencia University as well as the Entorns associations have written and asked the Generalitat to reconsider.

The decision was one-sided and taken without consulting the Femcv climbers’ federation, the letter claims.

Javea and Denia town halls – Montgo lies inside both boundaries – have been asked to take action and ensure assistance for climbers who are considerate towards the environment.  

Without the stanchions, which were installed before Montgo was declared a national park, sectors of the mountain like the Cova Ampla rockface will be impossible to scale, said Hugo Jareño of Entorns. Neither were there nesting birds or protected flora to be disturbed.

“Preventing the public from practising a sports activity like mountaineering goes against Montgo itself,” the letter said.

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