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Valle de Los Cóndores Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: -35.967, -70.5636 View Map  Incorrect?
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Update: December 2015
Information about Los Condores is slowly permeating into the climbing world. A high-quality PDF guidebook (Spanish) is now available (thanks to user Mike Sullivan for finding this!):

guiaescaladachile.com/2013/03/...

Rock
Valle de Los Condores is a basalt climbing area outside the city of Talca, Chile. The area is single pitch up to about 25 meters. Number of climbs is unknown but my best guess is at least 200. Bolts are generally high quality, but you might want to bring some extra quick links as some of the anchors were lacking lowering rap hardware.

Climate
Situated at an altitude of about 1800 meters in the arid mountains that divide Chile and Argentina, this area can provide dry rock when rain plagues the climbing area further south. Winter can have snow.

Scene and Camping
(This could use an update! I have not been to Condores for 4 years...)
In my experience, close to deserted. I visited in late February and we had the entire place to ourselves. Camp where you please, but try to use established sites and be respectful of the desert environment - carry everything that you bring in out! Clean water is abundant in the Rio Maule.

Lastly, you can find some information here (Spanish):
escalando.cl/condores1.htm

Getting There 

First, get to Talca, Chile. This is a major city with many bus routes in and out. From Talca, take a bus from the terminal towards La Mina and ask to be let off at the last stop, which is at km 107 on Chilean Ruta-115. The climbing area is at km 133, so either hitchhike or start walking. There is a gravel/mining operation at km 132 - some, but not all, of the employees may be willing to give you a ride. Be aware that this route sees little other traffic, so be prepared to walk out or wait.

Climbing Season

For the South America area.

Weather station 54.6 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',4],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Photos of Valle de Los Cóndores Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Third Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Third Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Second Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Second Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, First Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, First Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: La Cocina Zone, North Wall.
La Cocina Zone, North Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: La Cocina Zone, South Wall.
La Cocina Zone, South Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Los 40 Especialistas Zone
Los 40 Especialistas Zone
Rock Climbing Photo: The main wall on the near side of the river.
The main wall on the near side of the river.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bajo Presión Zone
Bajo Presión Zone
Rock Climbing Photo: Volatil Zone, South Wall.
Volatil Zone, South Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Volatil Zone, North Wall.
Volatil Zone, North Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Escuela Zone
Escuela Zone
Rock Climbing Photo: Viejo Continente Zone
Viejo Continente Zone
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber "Nano" in "La Paila" 5...
Climber "Nano" in "La Paila" 5...
Rock Climbing Photo: Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Fourth Wall.
Los Huasamacos del Sur Zone, Fourth Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Las Bandurrias Zone.
Las Bandurrias Zone.
Rock Climbing Photo: mapa
mapa
Rock Climbing Photo: Sun, stone, and water. The crags on the other side...
Sun, stone, and water. The crags on the other side...

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By Roberto Herrera
From: Talca, Chile
Jan 14, 2013
Recently, there has been a "roc trip" kind of event organized by the Talca's Association of Andinism (ASAT by de spanish words), in wich there has been bolted more than 150 new routes, adding to the nearly 70 old ones. This means that Valle de los Cóndores is now the most important zone in Chile for sport climbing.

The new additions include a "School Zone" with a lot of 5.9 and 5.10. Also, there has been bolted routes up to 5.14 and even 5.15, though still not confirmed.
By Mike Sullivan
From: Durango, CO
Dec 11, 2015
Here's the latest info on Cóndores on the Escalando Chile and Guias Escalada Chile websites:

escalando.org/2009/10/valle-de...
guiaescaladachile.com/search/l...

Here's a 2014 PDF guidebook to the area that includes over 200 routes, along with info on how to get there, where to camp, etc.:

guiaescaladachile.com/2013/03/...

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