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Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a sport that is growing in popularity every year, attracting equal numbers of the curious, those looking for entertainment, and those with a desire to pursue other activities in the mountains. It is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that tests a climber's strength, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can also be dangerous and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and use of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes.

Traditional climbing takes place in a mountain environment without the prior equipping of routes with protection or anchors. The climber advances placing his protection equipment (friends, stoppers, rock pitons, etc) as he goes along.
Sport climbing is a variation of traditional climbing in which the routes are previously equipped with bolts for the climbers’ protection, enabling the sport to be enjoyed with a higher degree of safety, minimizing the risk of accidents.

We offer a basic introductory course to introduce beginners to the sport.

Topics covered include:

  • Familiarisation with equipment: rope, harness, carabines, pitons, etc.
  • Practice and use of knots and anchors.
  • Technical order.
  • Energy saving techniques.
  • Visualization: where to look?
  • Top-roped climbing.
  • Lead climbing.
  • Rappelling
  • Belaying
  • Use of equipment in traditional climbing.

All courses make use of routes that have been bolted by our own guides to ensure your safety and well-being.
Our rock climbing courses take place in various locations in the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra around Huaraz: Chancos, Recuay, Hatun Machay, Olivos, Huanchac, Antacocha, and Llaca.

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