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Flora and Fauna: Africanized Bees

Many cliffs in Belize are inhabited by africanized bees, which are extremly dangerous and have led to near death accidents. Always check the cliff for bees before rapelling or climbing! Cliffs are often unclimbed for longer periods of time and bees come back!

The Virgin Bees (small tubes) are not dangerous.

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Summary

This cliff is located at Mike & Sucely Bogaert's farm next to the popular cave. The climbing is on white, nicely featured limestone with tufas. There is also some DWS next to the cave entrance.

Description

The place is nestled in a pristine valley in the Maya Mountains, a true jungle paradise with rainforest, a cool river to swim in and one of the longest cave systems in Central America.

The climbs are located in 2 sectors, one just were the stairs end (obvious when you hike up), the other one a bit higher and to the left. The DWS is located next to the cave entrance.

Access issues

Check in at the restaurant before going to the cliff.

Approach

From the Western Highway in direction of the border with Guatemala take a left in Georgville onto Mountain Pine Ridge Road. After about 9km you will see a sign indicating Barton Creek Cave and Mike's Place to your left. Take the left and follow the bumpy road for about 4.5km. Once at Barton Creek, follow the sign to the Cave Tours / Mike's Place and park there.

Cross the foot bridge in front of the restaurant and hike up the stairs to the cliff.

Where to stay

You may camp or rent rooms at Mike's Place.

History

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Most climbs were developed by by Todd & Donette Swain and Belizean adventure guides between 2010 and 2014.

Routes

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The cliff just where the concrete stairs end. You can see it from the parking lot.

The left line around the corner of the left side of the wall.

FFA: Apr 2012

The route just right of Welcome to Mike’s Place.

Steep start behind the big tree. Has a sling anchor half way up on the tree. Watch the status of the sling!

Starts just above the big block on the ground and passes left of the huge tufa. A bouldery start leads to easy and fun climbing higher up.

2 left of the nice grey tufa, passes the ledge for 2 more bolts on the headwall. Bouldery start leads to easy climbing, carful on the overgrown ledge!

Just left of the nice grey tufa passing the big hole to anchors just above it.

Just right of the big grey tufa. Unfinished route without anchor. You can make it over to the anchor on the left though but not the greatest choice.

Just left of Jungle Fun, where the steeper section of the rock ends and becomes a slab. Steep, bouldery start leads to easy climbing.

A bit run-out for bolt 2, be careful.

Follows the crack feature to an anchor 2/3rds up.

Starts up the hill a bit around the corner and trends left after bolt 2.

The rightmost route, very overgrown.

The leftmost route on the right wall, starting right of the corner above the big block. Climbs nice white and solid rock.

Hike up the stairs left from the first cliff and then follow the path towards the upper zip-line. In the hair-pin, follow the faint trail left to the obvious cliff (just after the water tank).

Routes are listed right to left as you walk in!

The first route after the corner from the water tank, a bit overgrown.

The second route just after the water tank going up right of the grey tufa.

FA: Apr 2014

Further to the left on the nice wall, leading up into an overhanging corner on big holds.

Short route just next to Unnamed 13. Anchor is half way up the wall before the steep section. Follows the crack, technical climbing down low.

First route on the nicely overhanging wall on the left. Shares the first 2 botls with unnamed 16 and then branches out right on the arrete. Sharp holds higher up.

Shares first 2 bolts with "Unnamed 15" but goes up straight through the obvious big holes in the upper, overhanging section of the wall.

Ends when you stand on the tufa.

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