threat level? Colombia…

We´ve been here now in Colombia for 1 week, Bogota specifically. Yes, there is a threat level, but it seems more about where you choose to go than just being here. Jon’s family is from Colombia (his mother’s side), and that’s who we’ve been staying with. This trip is equally about seeing Colombia as it about going climbing, and since we aren’t prepared to rope climb (are we ever??), we bouldered one day at a sport crag called Suesca.

Our contacts prior to arriving didn’t pan out (in all truth, Mateo Cardenas, the LT11 main man, has been overwhelmed with work), so we went to a local bouldering gym called Roca Solida. This ended up working well as we were graciously assisted by the owner, Andreas Davila. Not only did he personally take us to Sutatausa (Suta for short), he’s allowed us to climb in his gym! It’s not big, but it has a decent steep area that our local gym, Rockreation Orange County, doesn’t have. It’s been nice to make up problems. After 3 weeks in Hueco on mainly roof or steep lines courtesy Rob Guinn’s guiding through Wagon Wheel, we’re content to keep up the practice!

Jon and I doing some product demoing for Andreas at his gym, Roca Solida.

First up is our short trip to Suesca. Again, it’s a sport crag, so we pretty much just dicked around on stuff to get a workout and have fun. Here are some images of the environs and Jon bouldering the start of a short line.

heading towards the crag which is around that right hillside and beyond...

According to one of Jon’s cousins, Monica, accompanied by husband Stéfan (I’m guessing with the accent) and son Simón, the village has developed quite a bit from a small hole in the wall to some place that caters well to mountain biking, camping, hiking, picknicking and sport climbing. Upon returning we ate at a local restaurant that was quite good called Rica Pizza (and cerveza!!!). Monica said this pizza joint was literally a shack some 6 years ago. Not any more, and it was quite popular.

We have few images because Jill’s camera batteries died early on. She had bought Wasabi aftermarket batteries that were defective. We’ve bought them in the past with much success, and luckily after contacting the company they said they’d send out new ones before we head out to Europe.

It's official.

Suesca is in the north, but we stopped a few times so can’t say really how far, maybe 60+ minutes (almost 80 km). We traveled on a toll road that cost about $3.50 USD depending on the exchange rate. Here are some images, but I found doing a google search shows some excellent aerial images.

this is close to the beginning of the area

again, this is close to the start

we were a bit of a sight for those walking by... then dead batteries!

It’s hard to see in these few images, but the crag is littered with mini roofs, short sport walls interspersed amongst the vegetation and ledge systems that allow climbers or whomever to traverse higher onto the walls. Unfortunately, that’s it. Instead of one long blog, I’m going to do a bunch more shorter ones all with the same name but adding a number after. My next one will be threat level? Colombia… 2  which will have more images specifically of bouldering including video.

p.s. spanish keyboards have an accent key in place of the apostrophe, meaning all my earlier emails have accents in place of apostrophes (I wonder if anyone caught it??), not to mention different placements for the question mark, return key and left upper case key. Ugh.

~ by r. mulligan on 2012/02/16.

One Response to “threat level? Colombia…”

  1. Can’t wait to read more and see more photos! Sorry the contact didn’t work out for you.

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