|Valle de Los Cóndores
Sun, stone, and water. The crags on the other side...
Valle de Los Condores is a basalt climbing area outside the city of Talca, Chile. The area is single pitch up to about 25 meters. Information on routes is difficult to find - the area was apparently featured in the magazine Vertical but I haven´t found it yet. Number of climbs is unknown but my best guess is 100+, with at least 40-50 on the near side of the river, with both sport and traditional. Bolts are all high quality, but you might want to bring some extra quick links as some of the anchors were lacking lowering rap hardware.
Situated at an altitude of about 1800 meters in the arid mountains that divide Chile and Argentina, this area can provide dry rock when rain plagues the climbing area further south. Winter can have snow.
Scene and Camping
In my experience, close to deserted. I visited in late February and we had the entire place to ourselves. Camp where you please, but try to use established sites and be respectful of the desert environment - carry everything that you bring in out! Clean water is abundant in the Rio Maule.
No routes are listed here yet, but just go and enjoy. Grades seem to run 5.8-5.12. Try what looks good and bring a few extra bail biners...
Lastly, you can find some information here (Spanish):
First, get to Talca, Chile. This is a major city with many bus routes in and out. From Talca, take a bus from the terminal towards La Mina and ask to be let off at the last stop, which is at km 107 on Chilean Ruta-115. The climbing area is at km 133, so either hitchhike or start walking. There is a gravel/mining operation at km 132 - some, but not all, of the employees may be willing to give you a ride. Be aware that this route sees little other traffic, so be prepared to walk out or wait.
Browse More Classics in Valle de Los Cóndores
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Valle de Los Cóndores:
Featured Route For Valle de Los Cóndores
The main wall on the near side of the river.
Climber "Moreno" in 31 Metros de Chocolate (31 Met...
Climber "Nano" in "La Paila" 5.11a
Viejo Continente Zone
Volatil Zone, North Wall.
Volatil Zone, South Wall.
Bajo Presión Zone
Las Bandurrias Zone.
Los 40 Especialistas Zone
La Cocina Zone, South Wall.
La Cocina Zone, North Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, First Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Second Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Third Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Fourth Wall.
|Comments on Valle de Los Cóndores
|By Roberto Herrera|
From: Talca, Chile
Jan 14, 2013
Recently, there has been a "roc trip" kind of event organized by the Talca's Association of Andinism (ASAT by de spanish words), in wich there has been bolted more than 150 new routes, adding to the nearly 70 old ones. This means that Valle de los Cóndores is now the most important zone in Chile for sport climbing.
The new additions include a "School Zone" with a lot of 5.9 and 5.10. Also, there has been bolted routes up to 5.14 and even 5.15, though still not confirmed.