The best way to visit and enjoy the highest quality of rock in Northern Patagonia! In this course, you will visit the best climbing crags in Argentina. Climbing in different crags allows to develop a better climbing technique because each place offers different types of rock, hence different techniques and feelings.
At the end of the course program, it is also possible to choose the Frey extension (which includes the Frey Hut area, Cerro Catedral and Bariloche) to learn how to climb properly with mobile belay devices and to jam in cracks.
INDIVIDUAL CLIMBING TECHNIQUE: Concept of balance, use of supports, different types of holds and their use, energy-saving movements of the body, different types of climbing techniques.
TOP ROPE: Top-rope belay techniques, different types of belay devices and their use (ATC, Gri-Gri, etc.). Partner check. Setting of anchors with parabolts and preparation of a top rope. Self-belaying to the anchor. Techniques to clean a single-pitch sport climbing route.
SELF-RESCUE ON WALL: Technique and practice of self-rescue (without the help of a rescue team) of the second climber.
LEAD CLIMBING: Single-pitch, sport climbing, tested with rope in top rope and lead climbing; belay techniques of the leader (routesetting). Techniques for runner clipping. Correct grabbing of the rope when leading. Climbing tactics. Fall factor and impact force.
MULTI-PITCH ROUTES: Setting of anchors, self-belay, belaying the second climber. Techniques for runner cleaning. Techniques to minimize the fall factor and impact force. Use of single ropes, half ropes and twin ropes. Running belay anchors and full rappelling technique in multi-pitch routes.
Frey Hut extension course content:
CLIMBING WITH MOBILE BELAY DEVICES (standard or traditional climbing): Use of mobile belay devices (camalots, friends, stoppers, etc.). Anchors with mobile belay devices. Order of material in the harness. Setting and unsetting a route.
CLIMBING TECHNIQUE (on granite): Specific climbing techniques in cracks: finger, hand, fist, arms and foot jamming. Techniques to overcome dihedrals, fireplaces (opposition, substitution, etc.), slabs and small crimps.
Villa Llanquín: It is located 25 miles north-west of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, along the Limay River, surrounded by hills and volcanic rock formations. There is predominance of resistance routes. There are many holes, waterfalls and good boulders.
Las Buitreras and Piedra Parada: Las Buitreras is a gully about 150 meters wide with vertical walls of volcanic rock up to 250 meters high and several miles long. There are about 200 routes set with a variety of climbing styles. It is located about 215 miles south of Bariloche.
Around Bariloche: There are several good-quality small schools very close to the city.
Cerro López: Modern climbing routes of very good quality, on orange and gray granite, which are technically and physically challenging for the climber, or which simply allow climbers to enjoy easier routes with a spectacular view of the lake and its surroundings.
Frey Hut: It is one of the largest and most elaborate routes in the continent. It is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty: the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Its granite towers of excellent quality are a paradise for climbers, and it may even be said that the best Argentine mountaineers were trained here.