Rock Climbing in Puerto Rico: Bayamón II

Due in part to its convenient location and ample selection of routes, the climbing crag known as Bayamón II has become one of the primary staples of rock climbing in Puerto Rico. This area lies minutes away from the capital city of San Juan in the Julio Enrique Monagas National Park and consists almost exclusively of sport routes (one or two routes take cam placements but they are not recommended.) The park has ample parking and entrance is free.

This crag contains approximately 131 routes varying in ratings from 5.6 to about 5.13a and is divided into 13 sections.

The section known as “La Escalera” is perfect for warming up, as it contains the largest selection of beginner routes in the park (the routes themselves oscillate between 5.7 and 5.9 with two 10a’s thrown in for good measure.) Amor, Paz and Guerra are three solid ascents in the area.

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If you’re looking for something a little more “pumpy” about 100 feet down the trail you’ll find yourself in “La Cueva” (a canyon like fissure within the crag that has plenty of good routes lining either side.)

Consisting primarily of moderate routes between 5.9 and 5.11 this section is perfect for training and getting the blood flowing. This area also has ample cover and stays dry in the rain, which is convenient considering that it is, after all, a tropical island.

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The routes have fixed anchors which are well maintained (so as not to wear down the chains use your own carabiners for anything but the final descent.) As for the climbing itself, rack up 14 quickdraws and they’ll get you anywhere you want to go. Keep in mind that safety is the key when practicing this sport, the use of a helmet is NOT optional and always be sure to remember your basics (solid leader and solid belayers a must.)

Topo: (courtesy of Jaime Fantauzzi and The Association of Puerto Rican Climbers) guia_de_escalada_de_baya_2.do

¡Bienvenidos al mundo de la Escalada Borincana!

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~ by Alberto Ramos Cordero on November 13, 2007.

10 Responses to “Rock Climbing in Puerto Rico: Bayamón II”

  1. For info on climbing area Caliche try here

  2. THANKS FOR CLIMBING TOPO! Just flew in from sweden and got set up with topo in seconds, you made my day. Goin to bayamon tomorrow. BR Axel and Sylvia

  3. Enjoy! If I can help you with anything else feel free to contact me at saber199@yahoo.com

  4. Great Post. It’s always nice to see some pics. Where is the best place to get a new rope?

  5. If your on the island check out Aventura Tierra Adentro or Acampa, both of which are on Pinero avenue in San Juan. If your willing to wait a bit longer http://www.gearexpress.com is a good choice and they have great deals.

  6. Aventuras Tierra Adentro has a draft of there climbing guide for Monagas-Bayamon II available at there store -for free!
    Eventualy it will also be posted on there web site http://www.adventurespr.com

  7. Hello from the Bouldering Garden in Columbia Missouri indoor rock climbing gym. thanks for the topo

  8. We train year around on limestone holds inside our climbing facility, in Columbia Missouri at the Bouldering Garden. Look at the website. theboulderinggarden

    thanks again for the topo and see you at the skydiving festival

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