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The Sandman 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Donette & Todd Swain 12-26-2014
New Route: Yes
Season: winter
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Submitted By: Gunkswest on Jan 4, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: A view of the Las Bolas cliff at El Arenal, Mexico...

Description 

This route, el Hombre de Arena ("the Sandman") is located on the Las Bolas cliff at El Arenal. The Las Bolas cliff is comprised of roughly a half dozen buttresses. This climb is located on the leftmost (northern) buttress.

Climb past seven bolts to an anchor (5.7; 30m). Rappel with one 60m rope.

Location 

This route is located on the Las Bolas cliff at El Arenal. The Las Bolas cliff is located about a mile to the northwest (left) of the main portion of the El Arenal climbing area. Las Bolas is comprised of roughly a half dozen buttresses. This climb is located on the leftmost (northern) buttress, directly above a small, stone cabin and below that, a school.

From Mexico 130 about a kilometer north of the entrance to the town of El Arenal, drive up a nice paved road for several kilometers toward the cliff. As you near the cliff, there will be a weird cement block housing area on the right (it kind of looks like some sort of unfinished company housing area). The paved road will make a sharp left-hand turn just above the housing area and then parallel the cliff face. Park at a small school below the cliff and hike about ten minutes uphill to reach the crag.

The March 2013 climbing guide lists about 18 routes from 5.7-5.12c on Las Bolas.

Protection 

Seven bolts and an anchor make up the climb. Rappel with a single 60m rope.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Donette Swain on the FA of The Sandman (el Hombre ...
BETA PHOTO: Donette Swain on the FA of The Sandman (el Hombre ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking roughly west toward Mexico 130 from the La...
BETA PHOTO: Looking roughly west toward Mexico 130 from the La...

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