Wied Anġlu – back to the future

Wied Anġlu is a small valley nestled between the towns of Ħal-Għargħur and Birguma on the Victoria Lines. The idyllic location, amidst fortifications, limestone cliffs and blackberry bushes offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the main roads just a few hundred meters away. Wied Anġlu was developed as a climbing destination along with the rest of the Victoria Lines cliffs, with traditionally protected routes being established here from the 1960s onwards. Despite the presence of in situ lower offs to encourage traffic and the range of difficulties, the valley is nowadays practically unknown to the new generation of sport climbers.

This is hopefully going to change as club members Johann A. Briffa and Hendrik-Jan Klijn have invested considerable effort in expanding the routes on offer close to the Anġlu Cracks area. The cliff now hosts 16 routes, 2 of them being fully equipped sport routes. The rest of the climbs require traditional protection, including nuts, cams, tricams and slings. Hendrik and Johann used materials and equipment provided by the Malta Climbing Club Bolt fund.

The club will be hosting a Trad Climbing workshop at Wied Anġlu on Wednesday 5th September, from 18:00 – 20:00. If you’d like to attend the workshop you can find details on our Facebook event or our Google Calendar. This event is open to climbers who already have some climbing experience under their belt – preferably having already done a few lead climbs on Sport routes. If you’re wondering whether this event is right for you, drop us an e-mail.

Click here to download the Wied Anġlu topo in PDF format.

Wied Anġlu topo designed by Stephen Farrugia for Malta Climbing Club

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