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Acantilado Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 12,000'
Location: -1.53241, -78.82571 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Alex Alaniz on Mar 12, 2016  with updates from Matt Pennock and 1 more
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Acantilado is located 20 miles east of Riobamba near Chimborazo. A beautiful crag, it is a basalt canyon with close to 30 bolted routes and potential for many many more. There are a number of trad lines waiting to be opened, but a fair amount of the cracks have been bolted since trad gear is hard to find in the area. Some routes are a little dirty and you might find some loose rock here and there, but the quality is generally very good. The routes on the north end of the canyon, near the road, all have new, shiny bolts. Traffic is generally low even on the weekends so don't be surprised if you have the place to yourself.

During ECuador's dry season you can usually count on good weather. Intense sun if there are no clouds so bring the sunblock. It can get very cold at night so bring your layers. We're just entering the wet season so we'll see how the weather treats us :)

Camping is permitted with a $1/person fee to the land owners (rarely enforced, but be prepared) Fires are allowed.

Bring your own food and water as there are no stores nearby. The hut at the top of the canyon sometimes sells beer and cuy (guinea pig!) on the weekends, but not always.

Getting There 

Catch a bus headed to Guaranda at the Terminal Terrestre in Riobamba. Let the driver know you're going to Acantilado (or near Chimborazo if they aren't familiar). Ticket should be $1.50. Look for a brick building and a hut with a thatched roof on the south side of the road and yell "gracias!" to signal the driver to stop. From here it's easy to find the trail down into the canyon.

Climbing Season

For the Ecuador area.

Weather station 10.7 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: View of the canyon from the north end
View of the canyon from the north end
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Hugo Mancero on an awkward, but fun route on the n...
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Emma one of the North end routes

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By Matt Pennock
From: Portland, OR
May 17, 2016
There is a new, updated topo available here:

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