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Summary

High-up incredible limestone wall with an overview of San Cristóbal.

Description

Mostly long routes, often with very tecnical sequences on small crimps and feets. You can find fossiles in many parts in the rock.

Access issues

In the rainy season (June to October) try to start early and be back before 2 pm. In most cases it starts raining around this time.

Approach

If you dont have a car, the best is to get a Taxi (50 pesos) and drive to the turn, which takes you to the village "Corralito" in South San Cristobal. Follow the street upwards for 500 meters approx. (2 minutes) until you reach a place called "El Mirador". From there follow the dirt road upwards for 10 minutes, until you reach an open space. From there you can see the wall on your right hand side. Keep walking the dirt road towards the wall for 10 more minutes and turn left on a path into the forrest. The path takes you right below the wall.

Where to stay

You can camp directly by the wall or on top of the hill. Both sides are very nice to stay, but only recommendable in the dry season.

Ethic

The entire hill is private property of the local medicine man Don Lauro. He takes care of the hill since decades and we should do that do. Please leave no trash and treat the place and his inhabitants with respect.

History

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"El Cerro de Don Lauro" is a magic place. Deep in the forrest, surrounded by promelias and orquides, rises up a 35 meter rock face. You can spot it already from far away. The beauty of the place is not only attracting climbers. People from all over the world visit this place for spiritual reasons every year. The local medicine man Don Lauro is a very famous "doctor" and organizes ceremonies on his private property.

From 2008 to 2012, Grupo Escala Chiapas and Carlos Macotela where opening the first 7 routes at the crag. Very nice lines and easy accesable also for beginners. Later on, in 2018, Sofia Tapia Garcia, Martin Siller and Lucho Birkner where checking out also the steeper mittle part and the roof part at the very right of the wall. The result was spectacular. Within one week they opend 8 new routes, one of them, "Ek Balam", is the hardest line of Chiapas until today. Two years later, Martin Siller and Carsten Thess were equipping also the last missing climbs at the crag.

Routes

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The easiest route in this sector.

FA: Alejandro Gomez Aldama, 2008

Nice crack at the end.

FA: Alejandro Gomez Aldama, 2009

Nice route with tricky finish.

FA: Alejandor Gomez Aldama, 2012

Same beginning like "Panditas a mi". On the second bolt climb to the right. Extend second quickdraw.

FA: Martin Siller, Jan 2018

Great climb through the entire face.

FA: Martin Siller, 2018

Nice Ridge at the end.

FA: Martin Siller, 2018

Very beautyful line through the central pillar of the wall. Jugs in the beginning, crimps at the end.

FA: Martin Siller, 2018

A little traverse in the middle of the route leads to a juggy roof finish.

FA: Alejandro Gomez Aldama, 2011

Continuation of the route Chiapanese Cheese.

FA: Martin Siller, 2018

Hard boulder, tricky exit.

FA: Martin Siller, 2018

The orignial way to climb this route is taking the stalactite and climb right up from it (5.11c). You can also avoid this crux by clipping just the long sling instead of the bolt and climb left from the stalactite (5.11b).

FA: Alejandro Gomez Aldama, 2009

Very nice and exposed extension of "El Chaman".

FA: Martin Siller, 2020

FA: Carlos Macotela, 2008

The hardes line in Chiapas. Brutal moves through the roof.

FA: Martin Siller, 2019

FA: Alejandro Gomez Aldama, 2008

Really cool boulder through the roof and awesome face climb at the end. One of the best routes in San Cristóbal.

FA: Martin Siller, 2018

Start at "Lado Blanco", on the 4th bolt to the right.

FA: Martin Siller, 2020

Easy extension of "Búfalo blanco".

FA: Martin Siller, 2020

Slab in the beginning, crux in the belly and tricky finish. Nice long route. You can retreat at the anquors of "Búfalo blanco", this reduces the route´s grade to 5.11b.

FA: Martin Siller, 2020

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