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Playa Frontón Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: 5.10-11 on Playa Fronton


This area consists of a 3.5km-long cliff band that parallels the shore line then extends into the water. An isolated, sandy beach offers trill seekers and backpackers a spot away from the rest of the world. Glue-in anchors provide steep sport lines with a variety of difficulties. The area consists of two distinctly different rock types -- vertical streaked limestone and overhanging black marble -- for different styles of climbing. A combination of tropical climate, rock composition, and seaside elements force climbers to continually inspect and evaluate anchors and new anchor placement. A new standard has been established to mandate that all new route development at Playa Frontón is completed using UIAA-certified titanium glue-in bolts and anchors. Feel free to message Giordanno DPC via Mountain Project for more information about guidelines for new route development. Please respect the provided hammock hut area and help keep it clean, via the leave no trace policy.

Getting There 

Several ways to approach this beach include hiking from Galeras, taking a small boat from Galeras, or parking at a place called the Blow Hole. Dirt roads are rough and the single track trail leads through coconut trees. Enjoy the adventure! Click here to view map

Climbing Season

For the North America area.

Weather station 10.4 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Playa Frontón
Rock Climbing Photo: Dale a Kontiniu

Dale a Kontiniu 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  North America : Dominican Republic : ... : El Corte (The Cut)
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Rock Climbing Photo: These routes are climber's left of the beach where...
BETA PHOTO: These routes are climber's left of the beach where...
Rock Climbing Photo: rapping from the top of the crag
rapping from the top of the crag

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By Jazzy shenanigans
Mar 26, 2014
Awesome climbing area. There are 5 or 6 bolted routes, but the bolts are sketchy and break. Definitely bring trad gear. The cliffs are 200+ feet, but there are ledges and smaller boulders that a top rope can easily be set up on. Higher a local for around 20$/person to get to Playa Fronton. Also, bring LOTS of water. We made the mistake of not bringing enough and had to survive on hot coconut water and the local owner got angry when he realized we had used all his coconuts. Definitely worth the adventure.
By chipacles
Feb 4, 2015
Went here in January 2015. We took the boat, which was fun, but if you're on a budget, find someone to show you how to hike there (or explore on your own). We didn't hike, but a guy we met did and said from the place we were staying (El Cabito), it was maybe an hour hike. If you stay in Galeras, that would probably be 1.5 hour hike, maybe a bit longer.

The routes up the black overhanging rock look fun and burly, but the hangers and bolts all look old and I wouldn't trust the hardware or the rock (which looks a bit chossy). We spotted maybe 4 or 5 routes here but only climbed one (5.6ish).

A bit south (climber's left) is what seems to be a limestone cliff with some really fun lines and hardware that looks good. We didn't explore too much and found maybe 6 routes or so. We climbed a 5.easy to warm up. Then a bit to the right was what we think were a 12-, a 10-, and a 10+. The 10- was stellar! about 30 meters of continuous moderate climbing. The 12- was also fun: starts off easy, almost slabby, then steepens and then gets just a little overhung. Very fun routes.
By cashmab
Mar 16, 2016
If you climb here please consider making a small donation to help the ongoing rebolting effort at the crags at Playa Fronton. We cannot improve the safety of climbing at this special place without help from climbers who use the area. We have a donation page linked below to make a donation.

So far, we have raised enough donations to purchase about 150 titanium glue-in bolts. These bolts will be installed in 2016 to replace the existing dangerous corroded steel hardware. Eventually, all bolts that are not titanium glue-ins will be chopped and replaced to eliminate uncertainty of condition/safety for climbers who are unfamiliar with the area. We will be starting with the most popular and highest quality routes. Routes that are seldom climbed or of poor quality will likely be chopped and scrapped. We will also be publishing a "living" route topo guide on a photographic base that will be updated as new routes are renovated or established. Please help support safe climbing at Playa Fronton!

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