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Summary

Guadalcázar is a small town located in the Sierra Madre Oriental and is mainly a farming town. The town sits in a small valley at the base of rolling hills and small mountains that surround the area.

Description

Guadalcázar es el nombre del pueblo. Las zonas/cuevas para escalar están en la cercanía de este pueblo mágico.

The climbing here is characterized by large stalactite filled caves and vertical pocketed walls with tufas, crimps and slopers. Most of the routes are 15 to 30m with the exception of some routes in San Cayetano which reach 50m.

The best time to climb in Guadalcázar is in the spring, summer, and fall. During these three seasons the weather varies from being very hot to very pleasant. For most of these months there is no rain and all the cliffs will be dry. Most of the days are cloudless sunny skies. Winter holds the wet season for the area from November to February and is the wettest part of the year. The weather follows a pattern of two days of rainy weather then a day or two of sun shine then back to two days of rain. San Cayetano seeps during the winter months and most of the routes at the bottom of the cave drip water.

The seeping water is unpredictable and based on the amount of water during the year it can also be very dry and beautiful. Metate, Salitre, and the Cerro de Las Comadres are all unclimbeable during the rain and generally don't seep water. Las Candelas, Cueva de Zelda, and San Cayetano are protected from the rain, but they can seep after heavy spells of rain. For most of the time the weather is beautiful and sunny!

Approach

The town of Guadalcázar is located an hour to the north of San Luis Potosi, in the state of San Luis Potosi. From San Luis Potosi drive north on Mexico 57 N in the direction of Matehuala for 83km to the turnoff to Guadalcázar. From here drive on a paved road to the town.

Where to stay

There is a camp site in town (Ocampo road) and the Camping Aventurarte on the south side of town.

There is also free camping at 'Gruta de las Candelas', but due to the easy access to the road and a popular place for locals to hang out

There is also a hotel located at the main plaza in Guadalcazar that provides nice rooms for a fair price.

Ethic

Most of the climbing in Guadalcázar is in limestone caves filled with stalactites. These caves have been forming for million years and have very delicate ecosystems. Please be respectful to the plants and animals that live in these caves. Stalactites can break and when they do it can be very dangerous for you or your partner. Wearing a helmet when climbing is recommended and being alert of your surrounds at all times.

When climbing on the stalactites, try to grab the stalactites at the strongest point. The closer to the wall you grab the stalactite the better. Climbing in these caves is a very different experience from any other type of rock and it is important to try to keep the stalactites intact as much as possible. Most of the routes in the cave have been cleaned well, but there is always the chance of a stalactite breaking. The rock in the cave is very solid and most of the time you wont break anything.

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