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Gran Pared 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
La Carcel 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
La Cocina 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Las Bandurrias 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Los Huasamacos del Sur 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Pared Talca 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Viejo Continente 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Zona Escuela 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 6,000 ft
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Description

Update: August 2017
User Chris Oleson provided a link to a free, up-to-date, downloadable guidebook:

guiaescaladachile.com/2017/…

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.

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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Chris Oleson
Santiago, Chile
Chris Oleson   Santiago, Chile
Link to the updated 2017 guidebook (free downloadable) for Valle de los Condores:

guiaescaladachile.com/2017/… Aug 26, 2017
Mike Sullivan
Durango, CO
Mike Sullivan   Durango, CO
Here's the latest info on Cóndores on the Escalando Chile and Guias Escalada Chile websites:

escalando.org/2009/10/valle…
guiaescaladachile.com/searc…

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/… Dec 11, 2015
Roberto Herrera
Talca, Chile
Roberto Herrera   Talca, Chile
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. Jan 14, 2013

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