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Upper Crag Rock Climbing 

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The Upper Crag has 4 main areas near one another but require scrambeling between them. Instructions are written below. The veiw from the Upper Crag is amazing. Most routes are super crimpy and more difficult than those on the Lower Crag.

Getting There 

The Upper Crag is just another five minute hike past the Lower Crag. Once the trail runs into the Lower Crag you will have the option of taking the trail left to the main area of the Lower Crag or right. Take the trail right. It is an obvious trail that will take you up through step like rock formations. Continue on those and once you have pulled youself over a high step ledge that has two U bolts to help you over you are almost there. The trail will take you left and the first climb will be to your right near a small tree that leans over the edge of the mountain. This climb is called Corosion and will be a face climb with distinct yellow patches on the entire face. Continue past this climb on the trail and you will arrive at a small open area with a large flat boulder on the ground with another climb on your right, Entropia. At this point you will have two directions that you can take to different areas for more climbs.

You can continue on the trail to the left where you will need to scramble or chimney up a rock. Just past that, you will arrive at another small open area with a large flat boulder on the ground as well and a climb to your right, 13 Guerreros. You can continue on the trail past this and arrive at two climbs shortly after, Nido de Falcones and Ave de Rapiña.

The other option at the Upper Crag is to go right instead of left when you are at Entropia. The trail proceeds to what looks like a thin cavern or crack. Scramble through and after a few steps you will need to scramble upwards and out the hole above you. Now, the top of Corosion will be in front of you where you could toprope the climb by rappelling down to the anchors from the two rappel rings on top of the ledge just next to the tree. These may be slightly hidden by plant life. I promise they are there. This will require some rope work and should only be attempted if you know what you are doing. However, it can provide for a fun simple rappel. Behind you on the crag will be Presa Virtual which continues up over a roof. If you continue on the trail to your right you will arrive at an end where a large rocks stands in your way. There are a few climbs after this point. There are screws that have been palced in the rock allowing you to climb up it where you will immediately be at the final climbs of the Upper Crag.

Climbing Season

For the North America area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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