Climbing areas and crags
The tables below list documented climbing areas and crags. The following conventions apply:
- Climbing areas are listed in the following order: starting from the south of the island, proceeding clockwise around the coast, followed by inland crags.
- A climbing area is defined by its access: crags that are normally accessed from the same place are listed together.
- For convenience, crags are listed against their nearest town.
- Where available, links lead to related posts and/or topos.
Please note that the tables are a work in progress.
The following Google map shows the location of crags and access details. Please note that the map is a work in progress.
List of guidebooks
The following is a list of known climbing guidebooks for the Maltese islands, current and historical, with the most recent shown first.
- S. Alden, J. Camilleri, and S. Haston, Sport Climbing in Malta & Gozo, Tufa Publications, 2013. Available from the MCC or at Agenda Bookshops.
- X. Hancock, The Adventure Guidebook to the Maltese Islands, Hancock Ltd, 2009.
- J. Codling, A. Warrington, and R. Abela, Malta Rock Climbing: the comprehensive guide, Moonstone Communications, 2007.
- R. Brookes and S. Alden, Malta New Climbs, Fylde Mountaineering Club, 1987.
- J. D. Graham, Rock Climbing in Malta, Royal Naval Mountaineering Club, Undated (c. 1971).
- S. Styles, Walks and Climbs in Malta, Midland Association of Mountaineers, printed and published by Progress Press, Valletta (first published 1949, 2nd impression 1952, 3rd impression 1960).
Many of the climbing routes have bolts and other hardware which has been fixed permanently to the rock. Due to variances in the manner of placement, rock quality, weathering, metal fatigue, the quality of hardware used, and other factors (such as corrosion, rust, tampering with the hardware) these fixed protection fixtures should always be assessed prior to being loaded. It is therefore crucial that participants evaluate the condition of the fixtures and anchors prior to committing themselves. In-situ protection should always be treated with extreme caution. At times fixed protection and anchors can fail catastrophically. Climbers using such bolts and anchors are personally responsible for their own actions and decisions and should seek expert advice or guidance as necessary.