Espolones de San Gabriel Rock Climbing
The lower crag on the left, if facing the mountain from the bridge. Very near the stream.
From Santiago head to Cajon de Maipo toward San Gabriel. By car, get directions in advance. By the Metro, get to the Los Mercedes subway stop. Head upstairs and grab a Collectivo (fixed-price taxi) to San Gabriel (as of Jan 2011, about 2500 pesos). The ride takes about an hour (maybe a bit less). Be sure to ask the driver to stop at the last bridge / stream before the town of San Gabriel (this will be a couple of minutes before the border stop, which the driver should know).
At the bridge, face up stream and see the obvious many cliff faces of San Gabriel Mountain. For Espolones de San Gabriel, you're heading to the lowest, large faces on the right of the stream.
Cross the street and bend through the two cuts in the barbed wire fence. You should be on the right side of the stream and facing upstream. Walk along the path (crossing the stream where / if necessary) until you come to a loose dirt / small scree field that is directly below a large slab that is facing the stream. Walk straight up the scree field, finding the path of least restistance to the base of the cliffs.
Climbing Season For the South America area.
Weather station 29.2 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Espolones de San Gabriel
Espalon 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b South America
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Pitch One (5.5) - 60 feet: Climb the left-facing corner and low-angle slab to the top of the crack and a boulder. Step right over the boulder to a nice ledge with a tat around a boulder on top.Pitch Two (5.6) - 130 feet: Climb straight up toward the large overhang / small roof, clearing it on the right (though the left looks fairly straight-forward, too). There may be multiple tat stations before and after the roof, but the easiest one to work from is slightly left of the roof where there are tw...[more] Browse More Classics in International