Climbing the Suesca Cliffs!
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November 13th, 2008 – by: zakw
Upon arriving in the town, we were greeted by full hostels and hotels. After stressing out about the ´todo occupado´situation & walking at least a couple of km´s in search of a bed we managed to arrange a tent at the hostel in Suesca and a rock climbing guide for the next day.
We met with Alex, our guide, in the morning and aprehensively tried on the rental gear. It had been a long time since either of us went rock climbing so (at least I) we needed a little refresher on the gear and knots.
And before we knew it, we were half way up the cliff wondering where the next pocket was, yelling back down the face - ´where the f$ck does that foot go´- all while trying to keep the stress under control.
The highlight came as we did some multi pitch climbs, where all three of us climb in more than one stint. To me it became a whole new level as you waited on a foot wide ledge halfway up the cliff, towering above the paddocks below.
It really was a great day, and we both became comfortable with what was going on, and really enjoyed it. But not before the awkward sweaty palms, desparation filled faces and nervous knees as you went for the next hold using nothing but strength and no technique (which I found quickly fatigued me). But after all the puffing from the alititude, you couldnt wipe the smile from my face - what great day.
The next day we headed out for what we hoped to be a leisurely mountain bike ride. At the beginning we did over confidently classify ourselves as ´intermediate´, later to be re-classified as ´beginner´as were challenged by rock and eroded downhill runs. Our guide, felipe, who happened to be superb on the bike left us for dead us he let loose down hill at 50km/hr ++ (once having a fall). Being absolutely wrecked from the day of climbing before, we turned in and headed for some hot springs a short bus ride away....
...well it would have been short had exhaustion and lack of research not got the better of us. We overshot the pools by a good 20min in the bus, then did it again on the way back..... but we got it third go.
The thermal pools turned out to be great. Set in a valley of pine and eucalypt trees, with a natural hot water spring feeding the tiered pools. How Tranquilo.
The next day, and the day after we were due to head off, but I had to feed the adventure appetite. opting for 2 more sessions of climbing with Alex.... and 2 more great days.
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