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Closest sport climbing near Guatemala City. 15-20 sport routes overlooking a volcanic lake. It is one of the most gorgeous places I have ever climbed. The view of the lake from the crag is spectacular, with an outdoor environment that is not common to most climbers. Climbing in the jungle can be exhilarating and frightening where lizards might claim your hold.
The climbing is in the town of Amatitlan, overlooking Lake Amatitlan near Guatemala City. Directions to this town can be easily obtained and is just off of CA-9 about 30 KM south of Guatemala City (Make sure your schedule allows for plenty of traffic). Once at the touristy section of the lake, head left (north) on a road that goes around the lake. Not too far, maybe a quarter mile, with houses on your right there will be a small parking area (3-4 spaces) on your left. The parking area should have a large boulder. On the right of this parking area is an obvious trail that heads up the mountain. A steep trail but takes no more than 15 minutes for fatties. Keep an eye out for vicious animals such as the nest of tracker jackers in a log half way up. The trail will take you right into the lower crag where you will find routes on the trail to the left. If you take the trail right, you will hike for another five minutes to the upper crag. The trail is easy to follow and requires some scrambling. You will pass a rock with two U bolts to help you over a short section.
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La Puerta Abierta 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c International : North America : ... : Lower Crag
Crack just to the right of the Ecuatoriana crack. It is a solid crack climb the entire way up with a slight stretch of the left arm to reach the bolts on your left. The anchors and bolts after the lip about half way up are shared with Ecuatoriana. Make sure you feed your rope through the anchor left to right so that the rope connected to the climber falls nicely on the crack. The crux is few moves past the lip, almost at the end of the route....[more] Browse More Classics in International
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