El Pital: summit sport routes Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Follow the left side of the clearing in this photo...
There are at least three steep, 50' sport lines with nice, new glue-in bolts and chains just West of the peak. From the campground, hike down and around the forest, just above the line where the cropland ends. In 100 feet, you're enter the forest. Follow the trail until you find a tree crossing the crevasse. The climbs begin down at the bottom of the crevasse. You can access them by going right at the down tree.
This youtube video gives good perspective on the wall where the climbs are located:
The climbing is a dark and damp crag in a cloud forest. Probably only a few weeks per year at the end of the dry season where it's really dry enough to climb. Despite being in Central America, it will be cold on top of the mountain.
There may be additional bolted climbs outside of the crevasse, but you would need to rappel out there to see.
From San Ignacio, Chalatenango, go 12 km up the mountain to the village of Rio Chiquito. In RC, take a left and go 3 km (4WD recommended) up to the top of the mountain. There is a $2.00 entrance fee for non-locals. Once you're at the camping/picnic area at the top, ask a local how to get to "las piedras", and follow the directions. It's about a 15 minute hike through the woods.
Climbing Season For the North America area.
Weather station 39.7 miles from here
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