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The west side of the ravine hosts an excellent variety of climbs. Everything from 5.5 to 5.13b can be found here. Climbs are listed right to left when facing the wall starting with the northern most climb.
To enter Forum from the west side, starting at Mega Super walk west for 100m. This will take you under the overpass and over a bridge that is overtop the Rio Uruca. After the river there is a path below the highway running parallel to the river. Walk north along the path in the same direction as the river’s flow. If you are on the south side of the highway, there is no need to cross the highway and chance being struck by a car. Instead, hop the guardrail and walk down to the path; there is a tunnel that runs under the highway.
From the highway walk north approximately 100m until an obviously large tree on the right hand side indicates a smaller trail that moves toward the ravines edge. By chance if you miss the large tree the path will continue towards a group of houses. If you see the houses you have gone too far.
Follow the smaller trail and on the right side you will find a small opening in the trees. A second small opening hosts a tree that overhangs the ravine and is your rappel point. To the bottom of the ravine is just under 30m, and therefore you will need to rappel down to the anchors of La Buseta, or set up a rappel station on the overhanging tree. About 1.5m under the edge, there is a ledge from where you can set up a station; make sure you are secure and safe before going down to the ledge. You may notice that the overhanging tree has a reddish bark that flakes. Interestingly, in Belize, the locals have nicknamed these trees ‘tourist trees’ because their skin peels like that of a tourist who has seen too much sun.
In order to exit the ravine from the west there are two options. The first is to climb out using La Buseta. Climb to the anchors, and then continue up the parallel cracks toward the next, extra, bolt. From the extra bolt traverse left to the small ledge. From here you can either top out and set up a top belay or use the ledge to set up a top belay. However, after a long day of climbing, perhaps your arms are tired and topping out the 5.11a extension of La Buseta does not appear so appealing.
The second option for exiting the ravine from the West Wall is to climb out using a strangler fig tree near the rivers merger. Hike north (downriver) until you reach a large tree with a waist high column root near the merger of the rivers. Getting to the tree may require crossing the river multiple times if debris blocks direct access on the west bank. From the large tree with the protruding waist high column root, scramble up the hill to a small boulder pile. Continue hiking towards the wall, moving right about 10m as you ascent. Keep your eyes open for a relatively flat, open area of the wall that has a perfectly formed root. Perhaps some of the most fun climbing you can do, jug-haul up the roots to the path, and head back south towards the highway.
Ethic inherited from Forum
- Respect the land owners.
- They are kind enough to let you use their property for your enjoyment.
- Respect other climbers.
- Climbing is a community sport where the only opponent is the cruel crux that sends you airborne.
- Respect the environment.
- Above all, respect the environment. The plants, the earth and the rock itself were here long before you came into existence and will continue to exist long after you are gone. Sustain its survival by treating it properly.
Pick up trash, even if it is not your own. Take at least one piece out on every trip.
Do not kill flora or fauna, no matter how small or large.
Live and climb as though you are organic with your environment.
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