Surf's Not Up
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BETA PHOTO: Your hands will follow the line in this photo. You...
This route begins on a jug near the groin at the far end of the first section of the Playa Acapulquito boulders. It begins with a 15-foot traverse to the left, your hands working across a long series of good holds on a seam of hardened, stained rock relatively low on the wall. As the entire base of this climb is recessed, you'll have to hunt around creatively for footholds—and throw a few heel hooks when working past a deep cave section. Turn upwards once you spot the distinct V above your head. Once you get up on the wall, be careful not to yank too hard on any jugs, as the rock becomes a little fragile near the top. Go for the slopers instead.
You can't climb this at high tide. Walking from Playa Acapulquito, you'll see a set of man-made stairs chopped into the bluffs. Step around the first outcropping of rock (which offers some decent grips for beginner climbers and folks who want to warm up a bit before they go big) and you'll see the first big section of the bluffs, which I call Crab Rock. (There was a crab hiding on the rock the first day I stopped by.) Look for the beginning of the route tucked into the groin at the far right of the bluff.
You'll want to avoid this position if you can. Not...
As you work past the cave section, you'll want to ...
Almost done with the traverse. And getting pretty ...
My left hand is not on a hold here. It's mid-air a...
Phew. From here, things ease up.