Hot Rock South America: The 2011-2012 Climbing Tour

south america map Tierra del Fuego, the land of fire and ice.  See glaciers  falling into the sea, penguins, fur seals and the odd albatross Punta Arenas. Start of the expedition. Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. World class alpinism and big granite walls - plus plenty of sport climbing and bouldering round our base at El Chalten. Classic walking tours as well. Esquel (La Buitrera). 40+ single pitch  routes on volcanic rock with masses more potential. Cochamo, the Yosemite of South America. 1000m granite walls . Big walling trad and sport climbs . Huge potential. Cruises to see glaciers tumbling into the sea are a possibility round here. Cajon de Maipo and Valle de los condores. 150+ routes on volcanic rock with huge potential for more.  Mixed sport, trad & bouldering. Plus rafting the famous Rio Maipo. Mendoza. Aconcagua is an option here, plus plenty of new & established multipitch trad at Cordon del Plata. Rafting the Rio Diamante. Plus the world's best steak & wine... Cordoba. Famous granite crags include La Ola, Los Gigantes and Capilla del Monte.  350+  routes, mixed sport & trad, mostly single pitch. Oh - it's argentina's cultural capital too. Anyone for tango? Morro do Carno.  single pitch sandstone, c. 70 routes, mixed sport & trad on sandstone Cuscuzeiro.  20 sports routes on this sandstone tower. Pedro do Bau.  50 sandstone routes near Sao Paolo, footie capital of Brazil. Rio. Party city and many say the best climbing in South America. Endless routes on the sugarloaf, urca, even up cristo redentor! Oh - and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.... Iguacu falls. Better than Vic / Niagra apparently! Climbing could be damp. Tuzgle. 30 volcanic sport routes; 100+ problems. sport & trad on steep volcanic rock. Socaire.  50 routes on volcanic rock in the heart of the atacama desert. Plus geysers! Valle de las rocas.  Endless single pitch roadside climbing on volcanic rock at 3800m following our epic offroad traverse of the world's biggest salt flats. La Paz.  Cragging at Aranjuez close to the city, plus 6x6000m mountains easily accessible from the Altiplano. Cuzco and Macchu Picchu - the Inca trail. Or newly-discovered cragging at 3 canyons. Plus Lake Titicaca's floating reed huts - homes of local uros indians Catedral de Frey and Valle Encatado. 750+ world class routes on granite and volcanic rock. 1-10 pitches. Arequipa. Beach bouldering plus time to raft the Colca Canyon and see condors. The weird, ancient Nazca lines. Oh - and sandboarding the Cerro Blanco, worlds biggest sand dune. Maybe catch some sea lions at the Paracas peninsula too. Lima. Start for some, end for others, party for all. Huaraz. The Chamonix of Peru. Alpamayo, Huascaran and the rest of the Cordillera Blanca. La Esfinge for 1000m granite big walls. Masses of valley cragging and bouldering too. Cajamarca. The smallest destination on the trip - just 6 routes established so far! bushcamp on the beautiful beach at Punta Sal Paute. 60 routes on volcanic rock, 1-3 pitches. El Acantilado de St Juan.  50 routes on volcanic rock. Quito. The equator and the end! But not before we spend a week cragging around the city (several destinations) whilst others do Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, the Galapagos, raft the Rio Blanco and so on...

Southbound, the Equator to Patagonia


From August 2011 to March 2012 Hot Rock will be cragging throughout South America, from the equator to it's southernmost tip.

As usual the links on the right take you to the page for the relevant section of the trip... but you can also move the mouse over the map on the left to see what each red dot represents.

I've used every bit of experience gained from 4 years of running trips to try to make sure that this one is the best of all time.

And because this is the second of our back-to-back tours in South America, we'll have the benefit of everything the first group learned!

The timing and route are designed to ensure that we hit climbing season in more or less every destination through the trip.

Of course, as we rumble down the spine of the Andes, we'll make sure we don't miss any of the major non-climbing stuff either.

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