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Cerro Colorado (aka Cerro Apidame)

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" Chiquita Bacana" T 
" Davi Marski - in memoria" T 
" La Femme Mange" T 
" La promesa del puma venezuelano" T 
Asalto al Basalto 6b 160m E3 T 
Charqui de Guanaco 6b+ 120m T 
Daly Splitter T 
Diario de un Bibliotecário 6c 165m E1 T 
Flight of the Condors T 
Gauchito Gil T 
Tierra de Abrojos 6c 160m E1 T 
unnamed Donini crack T 
Welcome to Paradise 6b 60m T 
Young Gaucho T 
Yuyitzu 6b 160m E1 T 

Cerro Colorado (aka Cerro Apidame) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,600'
Location: -46.636, -71.7 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mariana Candeia on Jan 19, 2015
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access through private land and the mountain is located at Reserva Jejimeni (managed by CONAF) MORE INFO >>>


Cerro Colorado is an astonishing mountain in Chilean Patagonia that reminds Devil`s Tower (WY). It seemed that is formed from what is left from the core of a volcano. It is a crack climbing paradise, with splitter cracks that goes beyond 40 meters length. The place is also special because the weather at that specific location is less windy ( still can be very windy!!) and less rainy/snowy than most of the places in Patagonia.

Because of the easy access to the routes, a person can have a sense of being in a crag, but the place it is an alpine environment: there are loose rocks and blocks on ledges. So, be aware of climbing parties above you!

A little bit of the history of the place. The place was first developed by Jim Donini (who went there in 2009 with Jay Smith, Jim Turner and other folks) Read:

Andres Bozzolo (from Chile), was the one who " discovered" the place. He also participated in the first ascents and he is one of the most engaged people in developing the place. The brazilians Mariana Candeia (Mita) and Mauricio Clauzet (Tonto) also left 4 new routes (Jan 2015).

One of the challenges of the place is to know where the routes are located. In this case, the practice has been in getting a small rock from the ground, writing the name of the route on it (with a tiny rock) and leaving it at the base of the pitch/route. This is way to recognize the lines and is also a practice that still does not leave a negative impact on the area.

The place has already multi-pitch routes, countless single pitches and a huge potential for new first ascents. CONAF (Reserve Jeinimeni) does not authorize sport routes on Cerro Colorado. Traditional Climbing only and bolts are allowed for rappel stations (or where is not possible to protect on gear).

Usually double rack. Make sure you also bring a great set of small gear and a good set of stoppers too!

Getting There 

From Chile Chico it is about 20 minutes driving south towards Reserva Jeinimeni. The trailhead starts at a private property (Important to talk with the owners (Senor Marquez) of the land and ask permission to hike!). The hike to a good camp site (with water) takes about 3 hours and the elevation gain is around 600 meters in 6 kilometers.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cerro Colorado (aka Cerro Apidame)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cerro Colorado (aka Cerro Apidame):
" Chiquita Bacana"   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   
Flight of the Condors   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Overview with the sectors
BETA PHOTO: Overview with the sectors
Rock Climbing Photo: Area between La Proa and La repisa Central
BETA PHOTO: Area between La Proa and La repisa Central
Rock Climbing Photo: La Gran Repisa Central
BETA PHOTO: La Gran Repisa Central
Rock Climbing Photo: La Proa routes
BETA PHOTO: La Proa routes
Rock Climbing Photo: Cerro Colorado overview, on the way between high a...
Cerro Colorado overview, on the way between high a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Google Earth screenshot of the trail/access
BETA PHOTO: Google Earth screenshot of the trail/access

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