Several boulders in a horse pasture. A handful of easy V0-V1 problems. There's also an escarpment up the hill that appears it might have some really tough, finger pocket stuff. There's an 8 foot roof with a beutiful hand-crack; you can scramble to the base and it's only 10 feet high or so, but it's at the top of a very steep slope, so you'll want protection to prevent a serious fall. There's also a slabby bluff, perhaps 20 feet tall, with a grassy topout around to the right.
It's secluded and on private property. People here don't really regard pedestrians as "trespassers," but the locals might be suspicious of horse thieves and wary of your intentions. Be respectful of people's crops, as they depend on them for their livelihood.
This area is on the north side of El Pital, the highest peak in El Salvador. There are a handful of sport routes on top of Pital. If you've already done Pital, and you're looking for a 1/2 day excursion, you might come up here.
If, like me, one of the reasons you climb is for an excuse to tromp around in the woods, this will please you. If, on the other hand, you're only interested in quality climbing, don't bother.
The only people who are going to want to come to this area are those who are already nearby. There's nothing here to go out of your way for. But, if like me you haven't had your hands on a rock in nearly a year, it might be worth checking out if you're already in the area.
Remember, El Salvador is a very dangerous country. This is a secluded area. To get here, you pass right by a spot where large groups of young men congregate to drink on the weekends. Men may be subjected to harassment or robbery; women in particular should be wary of going to this site alone or in small groups, especially on the weekends.
Las Aradas is a caserio of El Centro, which is in the Municipio of San Ignacio. From San Salvador take the carretera del norte to San Ignacio, about 3 km north of La Palma (bus rt. 119). In San Ignacio, go up the mountain to Las Pilas. (bus rt. 509).
From Las Pilas, go towards El Centro. At about 1 kilometer you'll be in the caserio Las Aradas. Turn left. If you reach the Las Aradas school, you just missed it. Take an immediate right and you'll pass by the Templo Evengelico de Amigos. Sube el cerro until you pass a large water tank on your right. Shortly thereafter, there is a road off to the right which leads down to the "bluff". If you go straight, you'll crest a hill in 50 yards, right where the road turns left again, and you'll be able to see some boulders across the valley slightly to your right.
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