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Cerro Quemado

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About Cerro Quemado:

This place is the best developed climbing area in Guatemala. It is definitely worth checking out if you are in Guatemala and want to do some climbing. The city of Quetzaltenango is a perfect place to take some Spanish classes and do a little climbing. This is also some of the coolest climbing in the country as the crag is located above 9000 ft. The routes start at 5.9 and go to 5.12, though the locals may call some of the routes 5.13. There is also a 5.14 project. There is definitely potential for news routes and the local climbers are working hard to add new lines. Most of the routes are bolted but there is some potential for gear routes. There are boulders everywhere though many are sharp and chossy. Most of the landings are bad, so a pad and spotter is advisable. There are two main areas, Chicua and La Muela. Chicua has all the sport routes, but there are cliffs and boulders at the two places. I looked for routes at La Muela but never found any. Though there does exist the potential for easy bolted routes in this area. The interesting thing about this place is that area evangelicals use it to practice choir and prayer, so you will hear Christian choir music echo of the walls. It is quite a spectacle on its own. As in most of Central America, Sunday is the best day to meet local climbers. All are very friendly and excited to have people visit the crag.
Nearest town or city: Xela
Directions: From Xela, Take a bus that goes to Almolonga or to Zunil via Almolonga (2 Quetzales). Get off at Baues (I think that's how its spelled) and walk up the road. Its a 1.5km walk to La Muela and another 1.5km to Chicua. In Chicua, just ask where the trail is and take it up. The boulders and the routes are pretty obvious.
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Camping: Yes
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Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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Forum Discussions (5 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies QUETZALTENANGO info??? fishman 15 Aug 04 2012, 5:05 AM
No Replies Info for Ya'll unrooted 0 Jun 08 2009, 11:51 AM
With Replies climbing in Guatemala? miramira 1 Dec 05 2007, 12:24 PM
With Replies Xela June 07 carlrocksalot 2 May 01 2007, 10:05 PM
With Replies Xela Guatemala Summer 2005 gentry 8 Jul 06 2005, 12:41 AM