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I'm going to Cochamó. Who's comin' with me?
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Jul 10, 2012
Hoping to make enough money this year to go to Chile and climb in Cochamó starting in January 2013 (as long as the world doesn't end...). That place being incredible looking and with all it's FA potential, it would nice to be the less strong climber of a party (or not—no me importa—just want to climb).

Any one going to be there wanting to climb a lot? Maybe make a plan out of it?

Also, any one who has been there or climbed in Chile at all, any advice is very welcome here.

ps. I'm fluent in Spanish, and a happy, competent climbing partner, getting better all the time.
Evan Belknap
From Placitas, NM
Joined Mar 10, 2008
70 points
Jul 10, 2012
Sent you a pm cjdrover
From Watertown, MA
Joined Feb 18, 2009
394 points
Jul 28, 2012
-Get a plastic tarp to put above your tent.
-A rack up to #4 seemed ideal.
-Be ready to pay $100 to fly into Santiago if you haven't flown into Chile before.
-The free food bin tends to have copious amounts or rice, oil, and salt.
-The main effort of putting up routes is the cleaning. Get a few good steel brushes and something for digging dirt out of the cracks...
-Footwear should be capable of dealing with lots of mud.
-Take the time to integrate with the Chilean climbers. I met some great people there. Be aware, however, that many show up from areas with mostly sport climbing and don't realize that their ability to crimp 5.12 does not transfer over well to multi-pitch trad.
-Don't be scared to bail over to Frey near Bariloche, Argentina if the weather looks grim for a few weeks.
Dan Petty
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Joined May 25, 2009
650 points
Dec 28, 2012
Thanks y'all. I'm off in a couple weeks. Evan Belknap
From Placitas, NM
Joined Mar 10, 2008
70 points
Dec 28, 2012
Check out Frey and Bariloche!!! Medic741
From Red Hook, New York
Joined Apr 1, 2012
285 points
Dec 28, 2012
So jealous... Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
1,458 points
Dec 28, 2012
Chile's reciprocity tax is now $140, I think.

You used to be able to rent gear, pigs, drill, ledge etc from Daniel, who owns the shack there in the big meadow with his family. That's was back in '04, not sure if anything has changed.

Going to Frey will probably make for more unfettered climbing experience and less bush whacking, sitting out rain, and general challenge. But if you actually top something out in Cochamo... you'll be among the few, not the many, and will be pretty psyched, I'd bet. Wouldn't know from firsthand experience :(

Even w/o climbing, Cochamo is an amazing place to visit.

Frey itself is world class.
From Oakland, CA
Joined Nov 6, 2003
764 points
Jan 2, 2013
you can get there fast and then take it slow? Or is that kokomo? Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Dec 12, 2002
4,096 points
Jan 4, 2013
If your going to do FA's bring a drill and thin pins beaks and tamahawks.

I spent five days on a wall and got shut down because of blankness.

Cochamo is way more adventurous than frey.

Have fun
From Genoa, Nv
Joined Jul 3, 2007
127 points
Jan 4, 2013
Oh man I wish I could go, that sounds awesome. Cochamo is amazing, beautiful, and just such a cool experience. The climbing is awesome and adventurous. You really should check out Frey also since you're so close, it's really amazing as well, but in a totally different way. Cocahmo and Frey together make for a great climbing trip. I went to Frey after Cochamo and that's a nice way to do it because the splitter cracks and great pro at Frey seem so welcome after getting scared on run-out Cochamo flares and slabs. Bienvenidos a mi Insomnia is one of the many really good ones at Cochamo, and be sure to hit the super fun natural waterslides on the river. If you haven't already, be sure to check out Have fun! krispyyo
From Ventura, CA
Joined Apr 17, 2006
76 points
Jan 29, 2013
Hey I am in santiago, I really want to head to cochamo but I have no climbing partner at this point. I can lead up to early 5.11 sport, and early 5.10 trad. I have a 60 metre rope, and rack. are still not in cochamo, and looking for a partner by any chance? AlexThomsonF
Joined Dec 25, 2012
5 points
Feb 2, 2013
PM sent Shawn C
From San Francisco, CA
Joined Jul 2, 2012
58 points
Feb 2, 2013
If he's in Cochamo right now, the chances of him replying are slim. Internet does exist there, but it's slow and I wouldn't rely on someone checking it if they're not crashing at the refuge. GMBurns
Joined Jul 15, 2008
520 points

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