Hot Rock: climbing South America end to end

Northbound, Patagonia to the Carribean

From January to September 2012 Hot Rock will be cragging throughout South America.

We travel from Santiago to Tierra del Fuego, at the continent's southernmost tip, then up through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, to the shores of the Carribean sea.

As usual the links on the right take you to the page for the relevant section of the trip.

I've used every bit of experience gained from 5 years of running trips to try to make sure that this one is the best of all time.

We should be in climbing venues nearly 70% of the time, spending more time at the major crags rather than trying to stop off at every small piece of rock we find.

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

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

Enjoy the read and get in touch.

Dunc

PS - for a quick climbing overview, move your mouse over the map below to see what each red dot represents.

Tierra del Fuego, the land of fire and ice.  See glaciers  falling into the sea, penguins, fur seals and the odd albatross Punta Arenas. Catedral de Frey and Valle Encatado. 750+ world class routes on granite and volcanic rock. 1-10 pitches. 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. Santiago. Start of the expedition with loads of local cragging and nearby beach bouldering Barker, one of Argentian's top cliffs. A first Hot Rock visit Buenos Aires. End of Stage 2 in this party capital 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? 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 Arequipa. Beach bouldering plus time to see 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... Several crags in & around the city of Pasto 300m granite walls in Armenia (the city, not the country.) Obviously. Colombia's premier sport climbing destination - San Gil Cragging in & around Merida, including a possible ascent of Pico Bolivar Caracas, Carribean dreams. And naturally, a crag or two...

 

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