Rainy Riglos 2

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Moskitos (6a, 6P) on Visera

Moskitos

Mantling onto the huge conglomerate boulder atop pitch 5 of Moskitos.

Proceeding down the list of our planned climbs, we set out next morning to climb the Moskitos route on the amazingly steep face of Visera (The Hood). The huge face (think 8 pitch long routes here) has a parabolic profile: it starts out being less than vertical and ends up severely overhanging near its top. A couple of classic routes penetrate the overhanging upper reaches whereas Moskitos avoids the steepest bit by a rightward “escape”. We climbed Moskitos once again swapping leads. High fun, low stress sort of climbing. The highlight of the route was the rightward traverse followed by a mantle onto a huge cobblestone (VW Bug sized) sticking out of Visera’s face! As the proper sixth pitch (6b crux) was running with water, we opted for the short rap from the belay cobble and traversing escape pitch that put us on scrambling ground. A beautiful sunny day that made us think the weather had worked itself out. Not the case as it turned out…

Photos

Riglos

Shirley hiking through Riglos on the way to Visera (background; May 2010).


Riglos

A Riglos resident enjoying a siesta (May 2010).


La Visera

The 300 meter tall and overhanging La Visera formation (May 2010).


El Puro

Hiking up to the base of La Visera in the morning (May 2010).


Moskitos

Following pitch 1 of Moskitos (May 2010).


Moskitos

Shirley atop pitch 1 of Moskitos route on Visera formation. The overhanging upper reaches (which Moskitos bypasses) are seen above (May 2010).


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Leading pitch 2 of Moskitos with Shirley belaying (May 2010).


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Shirley on the second pitch of Moskitos route on La Visera. Climbers below are on Fiesta De Los Biceps (May 2010).


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Getting buzzed by a Guarda Nacional chopper…check out these guys practicing rescues on youtube…rescues or drunken stunts…either way, fun stuff – spot on!


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Shirley leading pitch 3 of Moskitos (May 2010).


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Unknown party (from Montreal) on La Fiesta De Los Biceps (May 2010).


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Starting the lead of P4 of Moskitos on La Visera (May 2010).


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Shirley belaying me on the 4th pitch of Moskitos (May 2010).


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Pitch 4 of Moskitos. Party in background is on La Fiesta De Los Biceps (May 2010).


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Shirley topping out on pitch 4 of Moskitos (May 2010).


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Shirley leading the 5th pitch of Moskitos route on La Visera – a super fun traverse pitch that ends up atop an unforgettable car-sized boulder embedded high in the face of Visera (May 2010).

Moskitos

Mantling onto the huge conglomerate boulder atop pitch 5 of Moskitos on Visera. Climber in the background is on Fiesta de los Biceps (7a; May 2010).


Moskitos

Unknown climbers on al “Trono” of the Moskitos route on La Visera. This is the escape from Moskitos actually (Sept. 2010).


Moskitos

Rapping off the huge embedded stone high on Moskitos route on La Visera…the next pitches were running with water (May 2010).


Moskitos

Shirley belaying me on the “escape pitch” from Moskitos (May 2010).


El Mallo Fire

El Mallo Fire as seen from the hike off (off route) from the top of La Visera (May 2010).


La Visera

Unknown parties topping out on La Fiesta De Los Biceps (left) and Zulu Demente (right) on the amazing looking La Visera (May 201).


La Visera

The huge overhanging face of La Visera. Several parties can be seen on it for scale, with the leftmost people being on La Fiesta De Los Biceps route. Moskitos starts in the lower left corner and makes its way up and right exiting via the (soaked) water streak. The characteristic belay boulder of Moskitos can be seen in the upper right corner of the face just below the water streak (May 2010).


Riglos

The church in Riglos at the foot of Mallo Pison (May 2010).


Riglos

Riglos…quaint…so quaint (& so fucking rainy too).

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