Elevation: 276 ft
GPS: 18.432, -66.358 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Marianela Mercado Burgos on Dec 6, 2017 · Updates
Admins: Heliodor Jalba
Access Issue: Private Property Details

Description and Services (reservations)

March 2021 Covid 19 update:                                                                                                                                                             No food/drinks are now being served, you should wear a mask except when climbing or in an isolated area. Bring your hand sanitizer/alcohol.

Roca Norte is a new rock climbing concept. Probably the most common climbing scenario is entering a public land or park, having all your gear and food with you and start hiking to get to those walls.  Roca Norte is very unique especially because most of what is common in climbing is not common here. 

FIRST this is a private land who welcomes everyone from all parts of the world, but with a reservation to maintain the area in nice environment.  This is the home based crag! own by climbers like you, known by locals and visitors as the climbing heaven cause you can CAMP, EAT and DRINK here, climb from easy to more difficult ones, the rock wall is just at a few steps from your parking, it has a cozy rest area with hammocks and chairs under a beautiful shaded panoramic area. Our facilities include full bathroom with shower. Parking is limited, is always better carpooling. 

SECOND we offer different climbing services for experienced and non experience people including children from renting gear for those who are travelling, to guided climbing for those non experienced, belay service for climbers who don't have a climbing partner, top ropes set up for those who don't lead yet and entrance day passes for those visiting for a day.  

THIRD we also offer other activities or conveniences such as if its Saturday you can see a climbing movie too at 6pm in a perfect relaxed environment/outdoor cinema and in addition we also sell climbing gear, climbing shoes and chalk.

Short Story of this place:

The North region of Puerto Rico encloses an incredible marine geologic history back to 30 million years old. Roca Norte is located in a unique topographic landscape called "mogotes", which provide spectacular cliffs to climb and scenic views. After hurricane María (2017), 21 Climb and Tour personnel Kenneth Irizarry, Marianela Mercado, and local climber Jorge Rodríguez, created Roca Norte for locals and visitors to enjoy this newly added climbing spot in our backyard, with 36 routes (and still bolting). The hurricane cleared all the vegetation and made possible for us to prepare this unique climbing spot who was hidden all this time at our lands. Read more:                                                                                                                           https://rocanortepr.com/2021/01/31/como-surge-roca-norte/                                                                          https://rocanortepr.com/about-us/                                                                                                                    https://www.elnuevodia.com/login/?returnUrl=elnuevodia.com/de-viaje/por…

SERVICES FOR CLIMBERS: 

Experienced Outdoor Climbers with own gear and climbing partner should select Gym Pass (15$ pp) and in the add on section you can select what items you would like to rent if needed: https://rocanortepr.com/adventures/  Your fee helps maintenance of routes, new bolting, trail cleaning, supports our non profit initiative where children from home shelters get rock climbing trips at no cost and also includes a whole day of climbing even if you need to go out and return later. 

For all other services like camping reservations select under the "camping" section the campsite you would like the most and it will get you to the Airbnb site for final reservation. 

CONTACT US:

Telephone: 939-218-7887

Email: info@rocanortepr.com 

Facebook: Roca Norte Outdoor Climbing Gym 

Instagram: @roca.norte

PLAN YOUR DAY

Sunlight logistics

(Sunset time varies little: Winter-Spring (November to February is at around 6:00pm), Summer-Fall (May to October is at around 7:00pm)

All 33 out of the 36 routes are shaded from sunrise to 12:30pm. (Exception are routes 33-35 having sun in the morning but shade after 12pm)

At 12:30pm to 6:30pm routes #18 to 32 will still be shaded all day long or partially shaded. (Good options found here also if it rains)

At 3:30pm routes from #1 to #18 will be shaded again (including #19 to 26)

GUIDEBOOK: See section CLIMBING ROUTES below. The information listed here should be all you need as the routes are marked with numbered tags and we are always available to answer your questions. See Topos in pictures.

GEAR NEEDED (or you can rent it too):

- 60 m rope will be perfect- a set of 8 quickdraws will be good for some routes, but if you want to climb the highest then bring 12. The highest routes are from Paya Paplaya (route 10) all the way down to Spiritus Montis (route 22).

Getting There

Vega Baja town is about 30 minutes driving from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. You can either take a taxi or a Uber, or book with us in advance to pick you up. Take exit 32 (west) from PR-22 and follow Roca Norte signs.

Also follow this pin:
Roca Norte Outdoor Climbing Gym
51 Calle 6B, Cll Monserrate, Vega Baja, 00693, Puerto Rico
939-218-7887
https://goo.gl/maps/qVFndhz2SW3EPcNS7

Food beta

Nearby in our neighborhood you can find a bakery named “Pan a Peso” where you can have breakfast and heavy lunch for 6$ (pastas, rices, Keto options, etc).

Excellent local restaurant options:

- Bocaito Bar                                                                                                                                                                                           - Panela                                                                                                                                                                                                 - - UP restaurant
- Pirilo Pizza Rústica
- Pa Comer Sano (vegetarian)


Great local breakfast options:
- Wafol Café
- Panakeia Juice Bar                                                                                                                                                                               - Cafe y Mas

Also know our property has so many papaya trees and you can pick one for free when they turn orange!. 

Climbing Gear Rental/Sale

Gear rental service is available only for Roca Norte Climbing Spot and nowhere else in the island. During your reservation you can also check what items you want to rent in the Add on section. If you don’t see an item listed just let us know and we’ll make it available for you. All our gear is in excellent conditions.

Enter this link, click in GYM PASSES and select items if needed.

rocanortepr.com/adventures/…

Sales:We have brand new gear from La Sportiva, Camp-USA, Edelrid, Metolius, Tenaya, Trango and we also have available FrictionLabs Chalk. Info: 939-218-7887

Camping in Vega Baja or Cayey

Staying North of the Island is the best option to be close to most of the crags (Vega Baja, Ciales, Bayamon, Aguadilla, Quebradillas).

The Perfect Centered location is Roca Norte, enter this link and select your preference: https://rocanortepr.com/adventures/camping/

You can book through Airbnb too:

www.airbnb.com/h/rocanorte1

www.airbnb.com/h/rocanorte3

www.airbnb.com/h/rocanorte5

In addition, you can sleep in a PORTALEDGE at the rock wall!!, with panoramic views of our karstic forest,

reservations here:

www.airbnb.com/h/rocanorte4

In CAYEY town:

Sure you can always stay in a hotel but what about having a great view from your tent and make a campfire at night with thousands of stars? We have two different camping areas in Cayey, Mountain Top Campsite and Refugio Malúa, visit: 

www.airbnb.com/h/cayey3

Belay service

Are you traveling alone, have no previous climbing experience or your partner is not a climber? If this is your case, you can always choose to climb in paradise. Just go to the website:

http://rocanortepr.com/adventures/climbing/

and click Book Now. This cost includes also all climbing equipment. See details and FAQs.

What else to do in Vega Baja

Tourism promotional video of Vega Baja:
https://youtu.be/3ttHBSQzt4k

Puerto Nuevo beach in Vega Baja (Find it in Googlemaps)
Hiking in Charco Azul (Call 787-344-5488)
Manantial de Tortuguero (natural spring, Find in google maps)


Beach hike in Cueva Las Golondrinas (Find it in Googlemaps)
Mountain bike or hike in Laguna Tortuguero or Cerro Gordo (Find it in Googlemaps)
Diving in Vega Baja (Call 787-807-3210)
Snorkeling in Vega BajaKayaking in Playa Puerto Nuevo (Call 787-675-5837)
Mar Chiquita beach (Find it in Googlemaps)

Butterfly Garden (find it in Googlemaps as Mariposario)

Climbing Routes

To better orient yourself this could be helpful :)
Almost all the routes have cruxes near the top in the Main Wall. See details and description for each route when you click on it.





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Classic Climbing Routes at Roca Norte (Vega Baja)

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
3. Traveseando
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
6. La Culebra de Miyagui
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
7. Ay mamón
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
11. Piece of cake
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
1. Aqua
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
21. Princesa Lía
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
20. Rabo de Caimán
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
22. Spiritu monti
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
19. Aleta
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
10. Paya paplaya
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
23. Madreselva
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
32. Acto Mágico
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
24. Letty
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
30. Hormiga Brava
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
31. Refugio Sagrado
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
3. Traveseando
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
6. La Culebra de Miyagui
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
7. Ay mamón
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
11. Piece of cake
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
1. Aqua
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
21. Princesa Lía
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
20. Rabo de Caimán
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
22. Spiritu monti
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
19. Aleta
 10
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
10. Paya paplaya
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
23. Madreselva
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
32. Acto Mágico
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
24. Letty
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
30. Hormiga Brava
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
31. Refugio Sagrado
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Routes Mostly Face: North · South · West
Sunny Roughly 1pm to 3pm during high season
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