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Mexico Part 2 - Mexico City Bouldering - Urs Moosmuller

Mexico Part 2 - Mexico City Bouldering - Urs Moosmuller
May 04, 2013 - 

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and has a population of 21 million. The whole city stretches for 573 square miles and sits in a dried up lake basin at an altitude of 7,350 ft. There is a ton of bouldering located in the city and around the surrounding hills. The rock is mostly volcanic with some granite areas scattered around and the problems range from V0 to V12. During my stay in the city we checked out two areas close by. The first area is a volcanic cliff line at UNAM which is a 10 minute bike ride from the house I was staying in. I heard rumors of a v12 on the left side of the cliff so I went for a day to check it out. After several tries I was able to send the hardest line and thought it checked in around V10. The problem traverses a massive sloper shelf to a hard series of crimps then a 15ft 11c top out. After asking around the local climbing community I couldn’t figure out any information about it, but its definitely worth checking out. The next area we went to is a well established granite area called Salazaar. This area holds several high quality boulders in the hillsides west of the city. The La Cochinilla boulder is one of the best boulders I have been to. After warming up on the classic V5 I started working a problem called Nazgul. After several tries I was able to send and my friend Carlos shot a cool video off of his iphone which is attached below.

After taking a break and eating lunch we headed to another boulder further up the hill and checked out a V11 established by Five Ten athlete Diego Montull. After working it for an hour, I was able to send completing my first V11! The bouldering was a lot of fun and I am excited to head back to Mexico City and explore some of the other problems in the area. There is quite a few people who are really psyched on establishing new lines and there has been a lot of activity recently discovering new areas and putting up world class lines.


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