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Grapefield Rock Climbing 


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Location: 12.4473, -69.8784 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Conforti on Oct 6, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: steep overhang section

Description 

Super spot with lots of sun year round, the island stays around 75-90 degrees year round with little rain. The area is on the south eastern side of the island. Bringamosa doesn't get shade until late afternoon, but Tears, Garbage, and Birdwatch start getting shady around 10 am and stay that way for the rest of the day. You won't see too many people, the beach is a few hundred yards away and is deserted other than kite surfers; otherwise just a few random cars checking out the island and lots of goats. The rock is a mix of volcanic mostly covered with coral. While the coral has been smoothed out over the years it is still pretty sharp so you'd better have hands like leather or lots of band aids. Plenty of overhanging routes will make for a good pump so get ready! The anchors are all in great shape (with the exception of tourist ripoff) but you will definitely need some slings, lockers, and ovals to extend the anchor. The anchors are set back a little and will destroy your rope if you don't extend the anchors out.

The area was originally opened by three Dutch climbers, Tristan Monzon, Nadine Salas, and Eric Suyker, in 1996, they along with the Club Active Aruba are responsible for all the top hooks markings and route setting. Please visit their site for more info and a great Topo of the area www.climbing.nl/aruba. Thanks guys for making Aruba a little more fun for everyone!

The routes listed here are current as of Sept 07, there are a few new ones from what is listed on the topo.

Getting There 

This place was way easier to get to than I figured. From the resort area on the north east side, or just about anywhere else, just follow 1A highway. 1A takes you all the way, the hardest part is negotiating the roundabouts. You'll get to a "Y" intersection in San Nicholas and straight ahead you'll see a market, hang a right and keep on until you see the 1A Seroe Colorado sign, hang a right at the sign and follow that until you see a big red anchor. At the anchor hang a left and continue on the dirt road until you see the Grapefield sign then you can drive right up to the crag. You'll notice something that looks like a prison on the bluff, the area is about a quarter mile farther down (so don't pick up hitchhikers in orange jumpsuits). No approach, but I'd bring some good sneaks to get around to the top and either set up your anchor or retrieve them after you're done, the terrain on top is trecherous in sandals.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.7 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',1],['5.8',5],['5.9',5],['5.10',6],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: about to top out
about to top out
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There's rarely a dispute as to where the route is ...
Rock Climbing Photo: "goat"field.  Goats are very prevalent i...
"goat"field. Goats are very prevalent i...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dayna standing under one of the monster roofs...
BETA PHOTO: Dayna standing under one of the monster roofs...
Rock Climbing Photo: It's like climbing on a coral reef.
BETA PHOTO: It's like climbing on a coral reef.
Rock Climbing Photo: The anchor marking the left turn toward Grapefield
BETA PHOTO: The anchor marking the left turn toward Grapefield
Rock Climbing Photo: Tears then Garbage from the road in, Birdwatch is ...
BETA PHOTO: Tears then Garbage from the road in, Birdwatch is ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bringamosa on the left and Tears on the right
BETA PHOTO: Bringamosa on the left and Tears on the right
Rock Climbing Photo: Terasse and the way up to the hooks
BETA PHOTO: Terasse and the way up to the hooks
Rock Climbing Photo: The sign leading you off the main road to the crag
BETA PHOTO: The sign leading you off the main road to the crag

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By jesco
May 27, 2009
Anybody know any climbing locals in Aruba? I sent e-mails to the addresses listed on Climb Aruba's website but they all got returned. Going to Aruba this June and would love to climb with some locals.
By CurtisF4i
From: Ocala, Fl
Nov 20, 2011
crag is very easy to get to like the instructions indicate. I suggest taping up before you climb as the rock out there is very sharp. great views from the top, and a very lonely vibe out there. Watch for cacti on approach and be wary of goats while driving.
Please do the area a favor and when you head out there take a piece of trash back out with you. That side of the island doesnt get the attention the tourist area gets and some people dont respect the land as much as they should.
By Todd Lowry
Apr 20, 2015
Visited Grapefield in April 2015. The signs for the climbing area have been knocked down however their is now an ATV track. Go to the end of the track and turn left. You will see an obvious weakness in the cliff for top rope access. Bringamosa will be just to the right. The bolts on the top are in good shape but do not underestimate how far back they are set. It gets very windy on the top so be careful. The rock is still sharp in most places. Never busy and you may get some people that come by and watch. Overall a good little spot.
Rock Climbing Photo: repelling down Steady as she goes
repelling down Steady as she goes


Rock Climbing Photo: Bringamosa
Bringamosa


Rock Climbing Photo: Voor Jos
Voor Jos
By shawnbradl3y
Feb 15, 2016
Climbed here in Feb 2016 and everything still looks solid. The place is deserted so you'll likely have it to yourself. Most anchors still look in good shape. Did a full writeup on my website: byfootandfilm.com/aruba-rock-c...