About Las Chilcas:
Huge climbing site next to the main chilean highway, impossible to miss, over 90 routes set up with at least that or twice as many possible in the adjoining areas. The only conglomerate rock in the region provides some spectacular routes. Can fill up during the weekends but is relatively empty during the week. absolutely free climbing as it isn't private property, routes go from 5.6 to 5.14a. Little shade in most areas and very little rainfall, however, be careful in winter, since it is a canyon the small river can grow very large and cut you off if you're in one of the camping areas. You will be chasing the shade around in summer and trying to get out of the wind on some winter days. Climbing year round and a regular stream of climbers of every nationality
Please note: When you read about the protection in this area it will reffer to standard protection, this means bolts with hangers already set up and normally 2 chains at the top, the pro info will say, for example: standard, 6 bolts. these are the number of quickdraws needed to lead and clip into the chains, thus the TOTAL number of quickdraws needed.
Arrival Elevation: 1500 ft / 460 m
Area Resources: Camping in las chilcas is free since this is public property, you can camp down by the highway (which is always noisy) or you can follow a reasonably well marked trail to a small camping area up in a small forest nestled between the sides of the hill. There is room for 4 small tents. Ironically, firewood will be hard to find up in the forest as most has been collected, you are asked to stock some wood when you leave the area for the next campers to use. Water is available at both camp areas year round and it's drinkable, use a filter if you have one. Basics shopping can be done at a restaurant area about a half hour's walk west of the climbing area, for other items you must travel to Llay Llay, about an hour away on foot. Please keep the area clean
Note: The southern side has currently been fenced off, there is access via the river, a cut in the fence on the west side of the river and about 200 feet beyond that in a place where 3 fence posts have been knocked down, please try not to disturb the fence anymore than it already is, we don't want too many problems if the fence has been put up by a landowner instead of a government agency.
Google Earth exact location: 32°51'05.84"S, 70°52'27.12"W
|Nearest town or city:||Llay Llay|
|Directions:||Follow highway 5 (north/south route) 78 kilometers north of santiago, it's in the middle of a gorge and it's the only conglom rock in the entire area, at the bottom of the gorge is a small bridge called "los loros", very limited parking is available next to this bridge on both the north and south west sides. Impossible to miss|
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