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El Filon

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About El Filon:

There are about 20 routes ranging from about 5.9 to 5.12. The routes are generally crimpy and the rock ranges from slightly under vertical to slightly overhanging. The rock is sedimentary (sandstone?) with some parts good and other parts chossy. There is potential for more routes. From the road the cliff dosen't look great, but it is worth the hike. The first cliff you come to has some fun short relatively easy routes. The best and hardest routes are higher up. Other routes will be found scattered thoughout. In the dry season you have to climb early in the day or late in the evening, as it is too hot in the middle of the day. In the rainy season, the temperatures are good the whole day but there can be afternoon showers.
Nearest town or city: Amatitlan,Guatemala
Directions: Amatitlan is south of Guatemala city. If you're staying in Antigua it is easy to get there, just ask any tourist info place for information. By bus you can take a bus that goes to Amatitlan from the "Trebol," just ask any bus driver (if you speak spanish). Once there, you drive to Parque de las Ninfas, the lake itself, until you find the Tramway posts (Teleferico in Spanish). The cliff is on the north side of the lake. Follow the obvious but steep trail up.
Latitude, Longitude: 14.49288, -90.60809
Access Issues: Not enough tourism to attract any noticeable amount of the crime that usually goes along with it. Watch for tons of ants, bees, gnats, poison ivy, and chichicastes (depending on the season).
Camping: Free
When to Climb: Autumn Spring Summer Winter
Quantity of Climbs: Month

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