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Rachel Tenny Climbing in Viñales

August 3, 2017  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed


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Rachel Tenny’s fun video of her climbing adventure in Viñales. Rachel also helped the Cuban climbers by bringing an enormous suitcase of donations from prAna.

Bolts4Cuba

January 29, 2017  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

Bolts 4 Cuba is a new crowdfunding campaign to replace anchors and develop new routes and climbing areas in Cuba. The goal of Bolts 4 Cuba is to raise $5,000 to provide the local climbers with the hardware they need to keep existing routes safe and exploit Cuba’s almost limitless potential for great climbing. At the door step of North American climbers. Donors can create more and safer climbing and receive premiums that include something special for U.S. climbers—a climber’s itinerary that passes legal muster with the U.S. government. Compliance isn’t hard and doesn’t preclude a full slate of climbing – if you know and follow a few simple rules.

CubaClimbing.com is renovating!

January 15, 2017  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

Viñales 2017

Viñales is on a casa particular-paladar-building binge. Over 1,000 rooms are available in private homes. New paladares opening every week. The website info on accommodations has been completely overhauled. Recommended casa particulares has gone from one to 15. Restaurant reviews. Instructions on finding and reserving rooms. And even secluded neighborhoods to escape the hubbub of the most dynamic, entrepreneurial town in Cuba.

Viñales Named One of the World’s Most Beautiful Valleys

June 7, 2016  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

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Tourist’s BlogPost puts Viñales among The World’s 25 Most Beautiful Valleys. Includes Yosemite, Khumbu, Barum Valley, Impressive places.

Sasha DiGiulian’s and Alex Huber’s Go Caving – Cuba Style

May 20, 2016  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

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The latest issue of Rock and Ice has published spectacular photos by Cameron Maier and story by Sasha DiGiulian of the exploration of an enormous to the cave called Salon de los Gigantes. Sasha writes, “Besides finding the Salon de los Gigantes, we visited established crags that still have potential for amazing new climbs, and saw untold areas and crags without a single route. In fact, the potential is so vast it could become a major destination. Just add bolts.” The cover photo alone is worth the price of the issue. Read and see article here.

Black Diamond Gear Donation to Cuba

April 17, 2016  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

Latest gear donation for Cuba climbers. During the 2015-16 climbing season many individuals donated gear. Big donations from our partners came from Black Diamond, Climb X, and PrAna.ccc BD gear donations

Unseen Cuba

April 17, 2016  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

“Nobody had been able to take aerial pictures of the country because of the secretive political regime and technical difficulties,” explained Lithuanian aerial photographer Marius Jovaiša. He received government permission to fly over the country and photograph it from above and create spectacular images, including Valle de Viñales.

BRING ONLY CORROSION RESISTANT BOLTS TO CUBA

September 28, 2014  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

If you are bringing bolts to Cuba, either to place yourself or to donate for route exploration by the Cuban climbers, please don’t bring or place bolts and hangers that will corrode and break. Don’t let the bullet-proof rock fool you, Cuba is the potential perfect storm for bad bolts. Bring only the most corrosion resistant bolts and hangers possible. Right now, that metal is titanium. Titanium anchors are expensive, but are becoming the standard at tropical climbing areas, and a UIAA-certified titanium anchor is now on the market. In the long run, for bolts in Cuba to be safe for more than a few years will require complete titanium anchors – one-piece glue-ins or complete bolt/hanger combinations. This will be the requirement for Class 1 anchors being developed by the UIAA safety commission for places such as Cuba and Thailand. For more information on bolts for Cuba, go to our Gear Donation page.

Raúl Reyes, Climbers’ Ally

January 29, 2014  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

A photo of farmer Raúl Reyes and Cuban climber Maikel Rosabal in front of Raúl’s fruit kiosk. 15 years ago, Raúl was the first Cuban farmer to befriend visiting climbers. He freely gave us permission to cross his land to the immense cliffs that today are the most popular climbs in Viñales Valley, such as Cueva Cabeza la Vaca, Milenio, Ensenada de Raúl, and even my namesake Torre Menoco. Raúl welcomed us and gave us fruit every day. More important, Raúl gave the Cuban climbers vital vegetables. The first Cubans, such as Vity, Anibal, Mederos, were from Havana and thus on-the-road like us, but without the cash to buy food. As more climbers and hikers came, Raúl built a kiosk to sell fruit. Later Raúl added a charming hostel. In 2012 the government closed all access to the backcountry and tried to put a checkpoint on Raúl’s farm, since it was the crossroads to the entire Mogote del Valle for visitors, locals and even other farmers. Raúl ran the guards off his land. He has even denied access to the park’s official guides. Raúl was never permitted to rent the rooms in his hostel to visitors. He still works his farm daily and sells fruit to the many who cross the token blockade. That is real-life cojones.

Raúl Reyes and Maikel Rosabal, January 2014

Raúl Reyes and Maikel Rosabal, January 2014

Climbing in Cuba with Paige Claassen

September 11, 2013  |  Posted by Armando |  Comments Closed

In February, 2013, a group from Solid Rock-Climbers for Christ visited Cuba to climb and help support the climbing comp that the Cuban climbers put on every year. These climbers from the USA and Mexico also carried a HUGE amount of donated gear, shoes, power drill, and bolts. They included Paige Claassen and filmmaker Adam Ermatinger. Their film has just gone public and is available on vimeo. Go to our Facebook page for links.