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El Piramidal Rock Climbing 

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This is the furthest right peak/tower that is shaped similar to a pyramid on the skyline as seen from the refugio. The north face of El Piramidal contains a number of quality lines and some of Frey's harder climbs. Most of the climbs are 5.10-5.12.

Getting There 

The peak looks like a pain to get to, but it is actually a pretty easy and quick approach. From the refugio follow the trail to Laguna Schmoll. Once past the lake the trail moves up the steep scree field to Laguna Schmoll, follow this a short ways and use your best judgment when to head off of it to head up to El Piramidal. We found it worked best to scramble through some small cliff bands, avoiding any steep snow. About a 40 minute approach.

Climbing Season

For the Frey area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Alissa on the start of the route.  The route goes ...

Wackford Squeers 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  South America : Argentina : ... : El Piramidal
A really fun overhanging finger crack route. When you look at the wall, it's the sort of feature that captures your attention. It looks like it should be tougher than it is. There are some pretty good jams and locks throughout.The crux is probably the roof section, but it's no gimme above that either so don't think you're home free if you get past it.The gear is G the whole way so don't hesitat...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By m-earle
From: USA
Dec 1, 2010
There is a DOPE 5.11ish roof crack two pitches up this thing. Dont know the name, but a must if you're doing a frey trip.
By David Trippett
From: Squamish, BC
May 14, 2011
To the right of the start of "Los Bolsoneros"(a great route, but hard), there is a single pitch 11d called "Wackford Squeers". Hands and fingers through a steep bulge...4 stars!
By John Gassel
From: Boston, MA
Jan 11, 2017
We found that routes on the north face of this tower can be sheltered from the prevailing winds that come over the ridge. You'll get hit by hard winds if you choose a route that does top out though.

It's also not always protected as we found out the second day, but it's still better than most I suspect.

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