El Maitenal Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Peter Hoburg on May 17, 2015|
|Admins:||Camster (Rhymes with Hamster), Tony Yeary|
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:
To see more pictures and get an idea about El Maitenal (and around), check our 7 month stay as care-takers at:
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.
Days w Precip