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La Avispa (The Wasp)

5.12a, Sport, 180 ft (55 m), 2 pitches,  Avg: 2 from 4 votes
FA: Eli Helmuth, Luis Benet
International > N America > Puerto Rico > River Wall (Ciales)

Description

There are currently three routes to the right of the large stalactite and this is the center of these and it starts a slightly higher ledge above the main ledge where the adjacent routes have anchors. The first pitch starts up an easy slab then at a big ledge, follows steep pockets past four bolts to a tricky mantle. Continue straight up somewhat loose rock past four more bolts and two large ledges to reach the higher ledge with an anchor.

Location

The three routes on this side of the face start in the same zone and there are two bolts about 2 meters apart (parallel) and 3 meters up the face, La Avispa clips the right bolt then continues up a steep inset on pockets past four bolts to a mantle on a large ledge. Straight up easier but somewhat loose rock past five more bolts to the anchor on a small ledge above "lunch ledge" where the other two routes start.

Protection

13 ss bolts on the second crux pitch and 6 bolts on the first 10+ pitch.

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Eli in the early crux of "La Avispa" on the redpoint.
[Hide Photo] Eli in the early crux of "La Avispa" on the redpoint.
Jan eyeing the crux jug on the lower half of La Avispa (The Wasp).
[Hide Photo] Jan eyeing the crux jug on the lower half of La Avispa (The Wasp).
PR local Hector Estrada on the final crux and just below the anchors on the enduro second pitch of La Avispa.
[Hide Photo] PR local Hector Estrada on the final crux and just below the anchors on the enduro second pitch of La Avispa.
Starting the second and crux pitch of La Avispa.
[Hide Photo] Starting the second and crux pitch of La Avispa.
Getting cardio on the long pitch of La Avispa.  A minimum rest on these handholds can help to regain some energy for the steep finish to the anchors at 30m.
[Hide Photo] Getting cardio on the long pitch of La Avispa. A minimum rest on these handholds can help to regain some energy for the steep finish to the anchors at 30m.