San Fermin & Bull Running Pamplona Climbing

02.07.2016 - 16.07.2016

What could be better for the old ticker than to combine some serious climbing with a once in a lifetime, trouser worrying (in more ways than one), running with the bulls experience. Come join us to see just how crazy it can get. 

OK, so this isn’t exactly climbing with bulls. Even we’re not that crazy. But you will be combining a kick ass climbing trip with some hot and heavy bull action. This exclusive climbing week takes place in the iconic and beautiful Basque country and legendary bull running town of Pamplona.

Here at Rockbusters we live and breathe the adrenaline rush of climbing but we’re always keen to try new ways of getting our kicks. So it just made perfect sense to check out the thrills of bull running too. And we want you to come and join us. This eight-day sport climbing and bulls adventure is the perfect way to spend your summer holidays. Not only is this a week in one of the best places to climb in Europe but you also get to enjoy the experience of San Fermin in Pamplona, one of the world’s biggest and best parties.

Your guides will belay you wherever you like and make sure you tackle as many climbs as you can during your stay. Enjoy the benefits of one-on-one coaching, video and photo analysis to help improve your performance and technique on the rock.

Depending on weather conditions, these are the top climbing areas that we try and visit during the week: Apellaniz (Alava), Atauri, Etxauri (Pamplona), San Fausto, Convento

During the week, we’ll be targeting:

  • On-going performance coaching so that you’re always building on your technique

  • Slab and vertical ground to work on footwork

  • Work on balance so that you start to climb in a more efficient way (leading F5 or more)

  • Overhang work to build strength and confidence so you can take on tougher climbing challenges

  • More challenging climbs of F6 or more for more experienced climbers looking to go to the next level

  • Redpoint and on-sight attempts so you can tackle new climbs more easily

This adventure is designed mainly for climbers who already have some outdoor climbing experience and want to get deeper into climbing culture. Beginners might be more suited to our novice course. This means that we can really try to push you to achieve more during your stay.

You’ll also learn new safety techniques and how to choose and maintain the right equipment so that you feel secure trying new and challenging climbs. You’ll be shown how to use a guidebook so you can figure out new climbing areas, as well as building on your calls and communication so you can stay in touch with other climbers on new faces. You’ll also learn about cleaning anchors and safe belaying for top rope and leading.

The Bull Run

For those of you that don’t know, each year at the beginning of July in the towns of Pamplona and Irunea bulls are let loose in the streets. This traditional fiesta is to celebrate San Fermin, the patron saint of the Navarra region, with the Running of the Bulls as its centerpiece. It’s a world famous event where runners need to try and avoid the bulls for almost a kilometre. And yes, it’s as crazy and adrenaline-fuelled as it sounds. This is true bucket list stuff so why not come and join us?

SUITABLE FOR: any climbing levels, at least little climbing experience is advantage (safe belay, tie on, ...)

PRICE INCLUDES: Guiding / Coaching, Accommodation (campsites, refuges, ...), Transport, Safety equipment (quick draws, ropes, harness, helmet, ... NO CLIMBING SHOES)

PRICE EXCLUDES: travel and climbing insurance, flight tickets and food

WHAT YOU NEED: climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 60cm sling with screw gate carabiner, sleeping bag, foam pad, good approach shoes, back pack, warm light jacket, headlamp



Etxauri is a climbing paradise in the Basque Country, a unique place with an unusually high concentration of great quality crags and a vibrant climbing community. The area has a long standing climbing tradition and Etxauri is one of its epicentres. Set in beautiful scenery, it offers great quality, solid limestone and it is very easy to get to. The climbing sectors of Etxauri lie only fifteen kilometres from Pamplona, a town made famous by Ernest Hemingway.


Climbing in Etxauri

If you like technically challenging climbing, Etxauri is a one of those places which you simply can not miss out on. There are more than 800 lines of all grades and styles but technical, crimpy verticals and smeary slabs dominate above others. There are also some gently overhanging faces, but all routes in Etxauri require great amount of climbing skill, which makes them perfect for improving your technique.

Etxauri is a vast area and, apart from single-pitch sport climbing, there are also many good quality multi-pitches routes.

Most of the more popular sectors are sun facing which makes Etxauri a great spot to enjoy some warmth during winter. Unfortunately, wintertime can get a bit cloudy and even wet, making spring and autumn the best times to visit. Like most other climbing areas in this part of the world, Etxauri is too hot in the summer.


Getting to Etxauri

To get to the Basque Country you can fly to Bilbao, Vitoria or San Sebastian, all of which are within a 2-hour drive from Pamplona. Like everywhere else in Spain, you will benefit from renting a car.

There are three campsites close to Pamplona and you can simply come here and choose which one suits you best. Those of you who are used to the Mediterranean warmth should not forget that the Basque Country’s climate is rather different from the rest of Spain. Nighttime temperatures are much lower and there is more rainfall. The area is also known for its relatively high prices, so if you are travelling on a budget, bringing some supplies from elsewhere might be a good idea. 


Remember that climbing with Rockbusters, you don't have to worry about transport or accommodation. We'll pick you up from the airport and everything will be organised to maximise your climbing. If you'd like to visit Rodellar with us, please check the current trips calendar (SEE AVAILABILITY ABOVE).


Airport arrival: Bilbao Airport
Airport departure: Bilbao Airport