El Queso 1 Climbing
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|Shared By:||Peter Hoburg on May 17, 2015|
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It's 15 minutes from the parking place, mainly uphill and then downhill over one fence. No water source and shelter near the crag, so take water and jacket with you.
There is one route that is missing 3 bolts (same like Queso 2), but each route has a wooden description with a name and grade and warning, if it's the one without 3 bolts or with a bee hive in the middle (that's teh last one at Principal, not Queso).
The rock quality is dicy. Some parts are falling apart, but mostly you can tell what is good and what's not. I tried to clean all of the routes, but there is still lot of sand in the jugs and some holds are really hollow and thin. Be careful and wear a helmet, if you're belaying. Rock is falling down quite often.
You can also easily rappel down from bolts above Queso 1. Just hike above it and search. There are two levels. First you have to rappel down to the second rappelling point and then you can go from this one all the way down. I tried going all the way down with my 60 m rope, which was ok, but the face is full of bumps and bushes on the top and it's not very easy to drag the rope from the bottom. Plus you also sweep some rocks with it, all the way from the top. Bummer.
For more info about the routes, see the guidebook.
After few minutes of beautiful scenic walk on top of a hill and lots of spiky bushes, you'll get to a sign showing: <– EL QUESO and pointing downhill. You have to get through 2 fences and right behind the second one, there is El Queso 2. Keep on walking the same path and after 2 minutes, you'll get under your desired crag.
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