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Elevation: 35 ft 11 m
GPS: 9.59531, -85.14314
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Shared By: Ry Morrison Romero on Feb 25, 2021 · Updates
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Hello and welcome to Costa Ricas most stunning seaside crag! Probably CRs most stunning crag period ;) Suggest change

Take into consideration its an ocean-side crag!

For lower humidity levels in the air, low tide is the best time to go.
That said, one third of the routes are tide dependent for belaying. Only accesible at low tide.
The rest of the routes can be climbed during hi-tide. 

It is better climbing in the morning before 10am or after 3pm when the sun is less intense.
Otherwise sunscreen is advisable from 11am onwards. 

Wearing tennis shoes is best for access and belaying.
Sandals to belay in is not advisable as its quite irregular grounds and sometimes sharp to stand on.
Some belay areas towards the sea have minute tide pools sprinkled around, its a good idea to bring a waterproof bag to place the rope and keep it relatively dry in these areas.

ALWAYS spot your climbing partner before they clip the first bolt.
ALWAYS pre-clip the first bolt if you have the chance to.
ALWAYS wear a helmet if belaying or standing around close to the walls.
BEWARE of rope friction on sharp edges when lowering. Slow lowering advisable.
There can always be surprise rockfall or broken holds. Take into consideration his is a very new crag with low traffic.

Remember the crag is next to Costa Ricas first National Park, this means wildlife here is abundant and should be respected.
Please carry all your trash out and if you have a chance and take any marine trash you might encounter, making it an even nicer place for all of us.

Some extra info:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malpais,_Costa_Rica

Stay safe and have fun!

Getting There Suggest change

Drive all the way south parallel to the coast to the end of of Mal Pais beach, past the fishing boats , you continue driving to the very end of the street until you reach a parking lot.

From that parking lot walk towards Playa Cuevas (aka Playa Suecos). From the small beach its a two minute walk north until you reach the clean vertical slabby wall with the classics El Agua and Air Masin.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Malpaís

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Lucan
Sport
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
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 5
Plumeria
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lucan
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Air Masin
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
El Agua
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
La Sachamama
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Plumeria
 5
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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