Elevation: 731 ft
GPS: -46.287, -71.984 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 2,609 total · 44/month
Shared By: Peter Hoburg on May 17, 2015 with improvements by Tom Kalny
Admins: Camster (Rhymes with Hamster), Tony Yeary

Description

Located on private land owned by a Czech couple - Viv and Michal. They or the caretakers love to have climbers there. This place is getting for a few years now a new face and it's course has turned into eco sustainable project. The owners and their volunteers have built an Earthship inspired building, which is gonna be a common space for climbers and campers to hang around and enjoy the beauty of Maitenal and it's surroundings.

Maitenal has 3 sectors - Principal (22 routes), Queso (10 routes) and Maitenal Bajo (3 routes). Each has different type of rock, but it's mainly a conglomerate of a medium and good quality. Queso is pretty chossy, so take a helmet dear belayer!

There is a camping and facilities set up for climbers, shower, toilets and drinkable water from a spring. There are two refugios to sleep in, when it's rainy, as well as a parking place for weekend fighters. Maitenal is 3 (Bajo), 9 (Principal) or 15 minutes (El Queso) from the base to the crag.

Most of the routes end with a two-chain anchor, but Queso and Bajo can have a more fun type of top (bolt or a quick link).

There are really easy routes for beginners (mainly Queso), teaching classes of rappelling and belaying a second (Principal) and even some hard routes as well (Principal). Great place to continue your climbing journey through Patagonia or to start climbing as well (in Patagonia!!). The view from there to Cerro Castillo and Cerro Pyramid is spectacular and worth much more than just a day.

Fee for entrance is at a level of your good heart. The fee for camping is 2500 pesos per person for night. Children don't pay of course!

Few years ago Maitenal became one of the hot-spots for notoriously well known Patagonian climbing festival: Mammut Roc'fest.

All of the routes are described with a wooden pole having a name and grade on it. If there is any other information needed (like a bee hive in the middle or 3 bolts missing), it's added under the name of the route.

Maitenal is at Facebook, here:

https://www.facebook.com/elmaitenal

To see more pictures and get an idea about El Maitenal (and around), check our 7 month stay as care-takers at:

http://krakonozovo.cz/portfolio_page/aysen/

Getting There

Off of ruta 7. You get through two gates and after the second one, turn left as soon as you see a hole in the fence and a sign

PARKING: To the right, there is the camping area, which sometimes is opened for cars, sometimes it's not.

If you go to El Chivo sector, you'll have to continue to the neighbour through another gate. Instead of turning right just go 30 metres further. But leave the car at Maitenal's parking and walk to Juan instead.

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