Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hatun Machay- sunny rock climbing







With a a few days to kill and the mountain weather decidely average (read completely crap), Simon and I decided to head to Peru´s most famous rock climbing area, Hatun Machay. Located in the Cordillera Negra about 1.5 hours south of Huaraz at about 4300m altitude,, there are currently about 120 bolted routes and potential for thousands more. There is a bus to and from the area and a great refugio run by really friendly Argentines and some cute resident dogs (that resembled tiny sheep- not quite sure how that happened). Only a fraction of the climbing has been touched. Hatun Machay is an amazing rock forest worth visiting just to walk in the forest and explore.

After a big day of climbing, we headed to the refugio for dinner and a relaxing night by the fire with pizza and beers. The next day we were joined by our new skiier friends for a fun filled day of climbing and heckling. The skiers, Marja, Giulia, Laura and Black raised money for a street kid charity by climbing skiing from a few cool Peruvian summits (pretty cool stuff) . The news was that Zarela, our wonderful host in Huaraz was cooking a peruvian feast that night so we caught the bus back to Huaraz after climbing for a great evening.

Our time in Peru is coming to an end, but the adventures and memories of a great trip and fantastic people we´ve met along the way will stay with us.

Hasta luego amigos

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  1. Hi-
    I'm just curious how hard the routes go up to there. I saw a video and they looked cool, but pretty easy. Are there any 5.13s?

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