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Nov 30, 2014
Spent 2 days climbing here in November 2014. Some really fun stuff but doesn’t look like it gets a lot of action – lots and lots of cleaning sand / dirt out of holds, spider webs on routes and, in one case, bats flying out of crack... which would be interesting enough as is, but it was also the crack I was climbing! Some of the hardware looked a bit dicey (missing bolts on a few routes, a few weird aluminium anchors, most of it was fine though) and at least a few climbs had err... interesting... fall potential in points. Probably worth bringing a stick-clip or a crash-matt – basically all the first bolts were 4m-plus off the deck. All that said, it was fun, the scenery is super pretty (hummingbirds!), and worth the trip if you’re in Tuxtla or an easy day trip from San Cristobal. For what it’s worth, I thought the 5.7 super flake (“La Grieta”) was a huge bunch of fun.
The access instructions above worked fine, but are a bit out of date – ignore what follows next if you feel like a little extra adventure finding the crag :) You can still take collectivo 15 to La Colonia Idea, but it now departs from South 6th Street between East 1st Street and the central north-south street at a signed stop. Get off after about 15 minutes at the first signed bus stop you see (on the right, a blue street sign with a bus on it) and head up the street to your left and turn right onto the street it ends at. Follow this street up the hill to the gap in the housing – the right-turn on a no-longer-dirt road mentioned above. Through this gap you will find a soccer field after a minute – follow a trail from the left of the field into the forest and then follow the most obvious trails, crossing the stream at some point... imagine your heading towards the GIANT CROSS on top of the hill. Equal chances you will spot the fixed gear or spray-paint at the bottom of the routes first.
From San Cristobal, you can catch a collectivo to Tuxtla from any of a few companies next to the main ADO bus station for about 50 pesos. Get off in Tuxtla at the intersection of East 15th Street and the central east-west street, and walk further up this street to where you can catch collectivo 15. Collectivos back to San Cristobal left from the corner of East 13th Street and the central east-west street. Took about 2 hours total each way.
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