Gripped - - AREA PROFILE - Story and pho­tos by David Mu­nilla

Span­ish Ca­nary Is­lands rise above the At­lantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco in Africa. Their warm-in-win­ter cli­mate has long made them a des­ti­na­tion for tourists es­cap­ing the cold weather in North Amer­ica, but over the past few years, more and more Cana­di­ans are re­al­iz­ing that the area is home to world-class crag­ging. There are beaches and forests, as well as Teide, a 3,718- me­tre­tall vol­cano, and end­less basalt to be climbed. Some of the first bolted climbs were es­tab­lished back in the early 1990s, and the rate of de­vel­op­ment have never slowed. Now there are boul­ders, trad routes, multi-pitch lines, deep-water solo­ing and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. While there is climb­ing on many of the is­lands, the is­land

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