Topo #3116 - Providencia

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? The Pirate Boulder Not yet drawn

The Pirate boulder is a irregularly shaped boulder on the right side of the road as you enter the town coming from the highway. It has been painted to look like a pirate and hence the name. There are many excellent boulder routes in the area and even some top rope climbs. A large rock hosts three routes with anchors at the top. More information is needed regarding all the climbs in this area.

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? Tree Climbing Not yet drawn

Perhaps when you were younger your first adornment from the instinctive joy of climbing was from a tree. It would seem that climbing trees as a youth is ubiquitous across culture, race, and sex. Sadly for most, somewhere in the process of maturation, tree climbing becomes weaned out. Well my friend it is time to rediscover your inner tree climber, but in a whole new way. Providencia offers a variety of tree climbs that can be as easy as 5.5 rock climbing and as hard as 5.12. This unique climbing is mainly thanks to the strangler fig trees, which provide up to 35 meter high climbable ‘routes’. By no means are any of the tree climbs here a small feat and therefore protection for potential falls is required. The best solution for protection is to bring a ton of slings and girth hitch branches and columns of root as you go. Some of the better climbing trees are one road north (on the west side of the road before the bridge) of Enrique and Ana’s Bed and Breakfast. Make sure to ask the landowner before you climb. Once you have permission, follow the easy trail to the trees. The first tree you will see has a steep overhang with a large column root starting at the base and following the underside of the tree up to the top. This climb is estimated to be in the hard 5.10 range, and is the only fully inverted climb listed in this guidebook. Continuing up the path towards the right you will come across an obvious and very tall strangler fig. The west side of the tree (much vegetation ) provides easy climbing around 5.8, while the east side (no vegetation) includes a much harder pinchy 5.12 climb with little protection. At the base of the same tree you will notice an area cut out that allows you to step inside the tree. Stepping inside you will notice that the strangler fig has killed off the original tree, and now leaves a tall hollow column. You can climb the inside of the tree as well, which may be a good method for setting up top ropes. As with most of Providencia, the best way to get the most out of your experience in the valley is to acquire the assistance of a local guide to take you to these locations. If you want to add individual tree climbs as graded routes below, go for it!

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? The South Rock
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? Riverside Roped Climbs

Down by the river, 3 routes are on a large rock with top anchors and one bolted climb.

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? Enrique and Ana's Rock

Behind Enrique and Ana’s Bed and Breakfast there is a large rock surrounded by coffee plants that posses top anchors for setting up a top rope and having some fun. For the most part expect slab with small crimps, ledges and pinches, with the odd good hold thrown in. For some more physical movements to and from large huecos, move to the south side of the boulder where the climbing is shorter but more vertical. No actual routes have been designated, but roping in and warming up on this easy access highball prior to heading out for the day is always enjoyable.

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? The Multipitch Area

Two anchor sets side by side are at the top of the wall. The large wall has great potential for numerous additional routes, although finding it can be a real challenge, and the chances of getting lost are too high to warrant the hike without a local guide. Take a 15 minute drive northeast of town and then a 25 minute hike to the wall. Best to ask a local about how to get here. It is easy to become lost and the thick vegetation makes finding the wall difficult.

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