I would like to find a place to go rock climbing that is on or near a
warm beach (preferably in the caribbean). Does anyone have any ideas?
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Thanks. I'm looking forward to hearing your ideas.
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> Thanks. I'm looking forward to hearing your ideas.
...drinking beers in the shade in the
middle of the day when it's too hot to
...snorkeling when you're too lazy to
climb....sleeping in the sand when you're
too hung over to climb.....
Have I ever done this? No, no, no...well,
Get a flight to Cabo San Lucas at the southern
tip of Baja California. That's right, Cabo San
Lucas, destination resort to thousands upon
thousands of overweight affluent middle-Americans.
Driving? If you only have a week or two, don't bother.
Unless you like marathon driving, Baja roads are best
left to the Mexican truckers, and surf hounds who need
to get to the remote breaks. And the cows and dogs,
live and dead.
If you have a month or so, Baja has plenty of
desert hiking and camping adventure. And having a
car in Cabo helps you get to the more remote beaches.
What to expect in Cabo? Lots of tourists, beer, tequila,
and FEW SINGLES, mostly couples. I made the mistake of
going with my friend Latta (and not being into the boy
thing at the time).
The very tip of Cabo, the very last tip stretching into
the Pacific, is made of granite. Clean, clean, clean
granite. A couple of large hills of granite, several
small walls, routes hidden sporadically.
Walk to Lover's Beach and toprope there. Out in the water
is an 80-foot spire Mark Wilford soloed years ago (5.10+?)
and jumped off of. Guess who tried it recently and
chickened out? Apart from Latta and I?
The walk to Lover's Beach involves first walking the
beach on the west side, going through a small rocky pass,
then walking over to the calm east side.
Before the pass, on the west side, is an obvious tower with
several easier climbs on it. All bolts rust fast
there; we were there about seven years ago and they were
okay to rap on. The little gorge the tower is in has other
At the ocean edge of this gorge is a large tower facing the
ocean. The ocean side has a beautiful ledge about ten feet
above the pounding surf. From this ledge a spectacular 5.9+
lead takes you to a ledge belay/sling rappel. Latta got some
of his best photos here (right, Latta?). The same face has
some very wonderful toproping. We didn't go to the very top
because a large bird had its nest there.
We never took our stuff around to the other bigger walls
closer to the actual point. Looks like lots of aid
possibilities, lots of development possible. Problem is,
everything starts rusting right away, including your carabiners.
Another area we hiked around/fished from is the old
lighthouse just to the north of Cabo. You have to rent/
drive a car (or hitch) for this, but it's worth it. A couple
of miles out of Cabo you'll see a long beach in the
distance. Off to your left is an old abandoned lighthouse.
Great handline fishing off of these small cliffs, lots
of great hiking / bouldering, some great toproping possible.
A more serious consideration is the fact that for every
day of climbing you get in, two days are occupied swimming,
drinking and recuperating. We discovered that our days
were being filled more with sand, lust, Mexican pastries,
beer, tequila, walking, sun, heat, boners, sand, beer,
sand, beer, sand, beer.....than actual climbing. And we
were trying to stay focused!
We had our fill after about a week and a half. Too much
hoo-haw. Not enough sex. Climbing? Who cared about
Take a regular rack of stuff. Take two ropes.
We slept on a faraway beach. Probably difficult now
(everything was going private). Nice lodging in Cabo could be
found for around $40 a night (double). Try the Mar de Cortes hotel.
Go in winter months. We were there in November. I hear
it's unbearable in summer. We had hot days, cool nights.
Water was bathtub warm.
Of course, we were there years ago. Anyone been there in
the last seven years? Surely it has changed, especially
for access. I've heard rumors that the hotels in the area
don't appreciate climbers and tell obviously-geared-up
gringos that climbing "isn't allowed". But the actual
climbing at the point is out of sight of all of the hotels.
Other than that, the other beach climbing I've seen
is on the Cote d'Azur in France (expensive) and other parts
around the world. Not your cheapo two-week vacation stuff.
Good luck! Hope this serves to get you wound up!!!!
Peter Ruben "Dust off those rusty strings just one more time,
(801) 797-2490 gonna make 'em shine, shine.
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