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Welcome to climbing in Costa Rica!

 Mostly known for its wildlife, surfing, hiking, and volcanoes, Costa Rica also offers great climbing for the adventurous spirit.

Prime climbing season is late November through April as its dry throughout the country.
However, year around climbing is possible on crags with enough overhang like Cachi and a few boulders in Pico Blanco.
In the dry season it is best to search out climbing that is shaded at the hottest hours of the day, as the tropical sun can make the rock too hot to touch and midday humidity can create a sauna like atmosphere. Don't forget to pack brushes as you may find some less-trafficked routes or boulders in need of some cleaning.

Costa Rica main sport climbing areas are: Cachí, Forum, Pico Blanco, Providencia, Malpaís, Aserrí and Cerro Blanco.
Most routes are well protected with bolts and anchors good condition. Helmets and awareness for potential rockfall is always encouraged.
For climbers traveling here with no gear, the only crag offering rentals is Cachí. There are routes for most all levels of climbing difficulty, from easier 5.6 all the way up to 5.13c/d, and even a few projects that might be harder for the training focused ambitious climber.

The best bouldering can be found in Providencia, Líbano, Cerro de la Muerte, and Pico blanco.

There is very few multipitch climbing, though Providencia de Dota offers two bolted lines that top out a massive, 120m (aprox.) slab.
One route goes at 5.11 while the other one is a fun 5.9. More information on their location and approach is needed.
Pico Blanco has a few two pitch routes on the Tower area.

Overall, climbing in Costa Rica is an amazing experience with good quality volcanic or sedimentary rock.
Most crags and areas are either next to or very close to National Parks so its a good way to get to know the country or combine into different kinds of trips. Most crags have that feeling of immersive jungle climbing. 

 A couple helpful links for sport:
https://issuu.com/dustinjj/docs/climbing_costa_rica
For bouldering;
https://issuu.com/onsightfilms/docs/costaricabouldering

Some Instagram accounts with info:
@tiquicia_bouldering
@climbingcr

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By flying there into San Jose, then driving or taking a bus to the following areas.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Costa Rica

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Verde
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Pura Vida Mae
Sport, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
c.c. La Chimenea - La canaleta d…
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
El Pichon (The pigeon)
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Mr Ed
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Llalan-Llalan Caminando
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
El Bejuco
Sport, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Air Masin
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 6
El Agua
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
La Sachamama
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
La Eleccion
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Avispon Negro
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
No Soy Chino
Sport, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 5
Plumeria
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
El Cuzuco Sieve (c.c. El Cuzuco…
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Verde Cachi
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Pura Vida Mae Cachi
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
c.c. La Chimenea - La canal… Pico Blanco > Pico Blanco Sport
 6
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
El Pichon (The pigeon) Cachi
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Mr Ed Forum
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Llalan-Llalan Caminando Cachi
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
El Bejuco Forum
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Air Masin Malpaís
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
El Agua Malpaís
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
La Sachamama Malpaís
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
La Eleccion Forum
 7
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Avispon Negro Forum
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
No Soy Chino Cachi
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Plumeria Malpaís
 5
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
El Cuzuco Sieve (c.c. El Cu… Pico Blanco > Pico Blanco Sport
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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