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gentry


Mar 14, 2005, 9:22 AM
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Xela Guatemala Summer 2005  (South_and_Central_America: Guatemala: QUETZALTENANGO: Cerro_Quemado)
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I am going to be studying Spanish in Xela June/July and want to climb on the wkds.. I need to find a partner first off and secondly would like to do some route development during my time down there. Please contact me here b/t now and then about meeting up to climb or having someone show me around once or twice as well as how much can be developed and what is needed.
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I'll be in Xela this summer doing the same thing. . . whats the name of the school you're gonna go to?

injuries permitting, (and they may not) I'm up for climbing there. I've never done any route development, but I'm a good belayer.


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WHERE THE HECK IS XELA...??


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sorry its taken forever to respond.. I havent chosen a school yet. but most likely will switch each week to gain exposure to schools. i have lots of time and dont want to settle on one school . I will probably not even commit to a place until getting down there. I have talked to another american who is going to be down there as well looking to climb. What are your dates and school attending? what type of gear are you bring? what level do you normally climb? not that that matters.. just curious. later


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am interested in developing in Routes.. especially Trad.. Are there cracks in Xela? what type of rock is it? and does anyone have the contact info for the people who have a good knowledge of Xela and its potential.


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I definately can't help you develop or set trad routes, but if you're looking for a sport climber/belayer, I'll be traveling through in late July, looking for anyone who will throw me a bone.

I can send 5.9-5.10 sport routes, but anything after that gets a little dicey.

I'd love to hear what you find near the beginning of the summer and if its any good.


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I am in Oaxaca travelling slowly to Xela. Are you there now? Did you end up going?

I will live there from August through October. First, I have to learn enough Spanish to catch the many dodgy buses to Xela by myself.

I am happy leading 10 or 11 somethings. If you are there, do you know any climbers who will stay for August if you are not?


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I need a climbing partner for August in Guatemala.

Currently, I am stuck in Oaxaca (Mexico) with no climbing due to a non-climbing freind incident. :shock: But, I am going to catch a bus to Xela and be there August onwards.

Learn Spanish in the cheapest place to do so while going climbing with me.

I am happy leading 8-11 depending if it is sport or trad and am super experienced at both. However, my trad rack leaves much to be desired. :oops: Let me know if this sounds good to you.

Hasta Luego


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I was in Quat for a month this time last year. My recommendation is the Sakribal School. They will place you with host families, schedule 1/2 day trips. You get your own personal teacher, classes are 1/2 day and as intense or tame as you want to make it.

The surrounding landscape is very recent volcanics. I recommend checking out La Muela. It is the closest significant rock formation SW of Xela. The result of a major eruption 300 year ago that burried a town that was in its path. Good bouldering and scrambling. Cracks are sharp and the rock can be inconsistant a bit brittle. It is a very speritial area for the local Maya who hike to the top and pray around smoky fires in there brightly colored cloths. A very magical place.

While I didn't find much real climbing potential worth hauling gear for, the volcano trecks are the thing to do. As we were flying out of Guat. thwo volcanos erupted at the same time.

Other areas I'd recommend if you have the time is Ago de Atitlan. Hit the Friday market at Solala. It's amazing. The church and the mens cloths have bat symbols which are simbolic of the recent rebelion. Then take a boat to some of the more remote villages. We'll worth your time.

And... if you have time to do the Rio Dulce I recommend staying at the EL Parito. It will remind you of being in the Pirates of the Caribbean tour. A cabin and meals on the water are very reasonable, and I doubt you'll see any Americans. And... while in Rio Dulce visit the waterfall hotsprings that come out of the limestone formation on the north side of Lago de Izabal "Finca El Paraiso".

And... if you make it to Tecal, make sure to find the tree house and jungle trail just off the ridge road in the opposite direction of the ruins.

Travel advise: The Guatemalans are extremely friendly and helpful, but unless your with a tour group don't plan on English being of much use. As soon as you get of the bus don't be suprised if someone approaches you right away, usually able to speak some English asking to help you find a motel. It took me a while to get use to this but it's a service provided by the Guat. Gov. to help tourist and they are very helpful. If you ask for a room for $40.00Q ($5.00US) they will find you one. If your budget is $40Q like ours was you can find decent rooms even in Antigua.

When traveling or in towns trust the Mayans, watch out for anyone that looks like they may be El Savadorian especially on the Chicken Bus coming out of Guat. If your not on a buget like we were prearrange a motel in Antigua that provides shutle service from the Guat. airport.

No mater how comfortable you become with a town, even Xela, don't get caught out after dark.

If you get on a bus that has "God is my protector" written on the front windshield and everyone crosses themselves as their getting into the bus, find a good seat in the back and hang on. The ride will be a memorable one and better than anything at Disneyland.


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