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By Kurt Johnson
From: Estes Park, CO
Apr 7, 2008
|I was just about to buy my ticket to Bolivia for a month-long climbing trip until I read this post. Now that I know that there's just one small crag there, man am I glad I didn't waste all that money! At least I know that if I ever do go, I'll find it downhill somewhere on the right.|
Dec 11, 2008
Bolivia has a wealth of rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities and the one mentioned in the overview is known as Aranjuez, in the southern part of the city of La Paz, accessible via taxi or mini-bus from anywhere in the city. Aranjuez is an area of smooth bowling ball-type conglomerate sport climbing, mostly gently overhanging and ranging from 30 to 60 feet long routes, entirely sport. Grades are in the French system ranging from 5 to 7b or so.
Also accessible from La Paz is the volcanic sport climbing area of Curahuara de Carangas, accessed by any bus heading to Arica, Chile and at an altitude of around 14,000 feet, 2 hours from La Paz in bus. Further along this route there is endless bouldering potential around Sajama that has rarely been explored. The rock is all volcanic and mostly very crumbly, but within these literally oceans of boulders, there are some gems.
By Ben Mahaffey
Sep 23, 2009
I will be tentatively going down to La Paz for a few months and was thinking about bringing a trad and sport rack. does anyone have any opinions of what to bring, there is only a little bit of info on here and it is all sport stuff, so should i not even bring the rack and just bring draws?
By alexander von ungern
May 15, 2014
Well the small crag in the bottom of la Paz was most probably el Peñon with 16 bolted routes. the 2 other sectors of Aranjuez are on the left and right side of the Valley, cumulating over 100 bolted routes on conglomerate rock, then comes thebeautiful hike up to the muella del diablo and its 7 bolted routes, on the way to lake titicaca (from al paz) comes Peñas which is developing quickly and has multi pitch and sport routes, and at the Zongo pass, at the foot of Huayna Potosi are aprox 40 bolted sport routes and a big potential for trad climbing as it is granite rock. (for trad climbers, consider quimsa cruz and granite towers of Hampaturi)
This is for la paz and surroundings. andeanascents.com might be of help
All the best !!