Los Arenales Rock Climbing
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Camping is free, but you must register with the park rangers at the lower entrance, the rangers are extremely friendly and outgoing. There is sport climbing right above the ranger station and trad on the other side of the valley. There is a mountain refuge hut in south branch of the valley leading up to the landslides and cerro tupungato, you can bivvy there for free. The water running in the stream next to the hut is drinkable and is perhaps the purest and best tasting you'll ever try. However, water treatment may be necessary since there may be dead animals further upstream. (I found a dead cow in 2010 a quarter mile upstream.)
Mind the weather and the seasons, the elevation at Arenales is around 3000 meters and the valleys will get heavy snow in winter. The weather is nice enough for climbing between october and april.
_ Public transport is available regularly from Mendoza to Tunuyán. From there, either you can take another bus to El Manzano Histórico and then walk or hitchhike , or take a private service –“taxi-flete”- or 4x4 truck from Tunuyán or El Manzano to Arenales. The bus service to El Manzano is run by CATA, generally twice a day.
_ Tunuyan is the last best place to buy groceries and anything else you might need before going into the mountains. If you need a place to stay, La Casa Boulder is a Hostel run by climbers. I recommend staying there: its near the bus stop and supermarkets, they have guidebooks, local knowledge of climbing in the area, the only climbing wall in town, and beer at night!
Classic Climbing Routes at Los Arenales
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