.We had dry if cold weather on the second day in Bernal. We headed up to the formation in hopes of finding a route on a different aspect of the monolith. After an hour-long bushwhack to the north face, we could find no evidence of the route we were looking for and fought our way back to the south side. This time we climbed the same combination (Via Del Padre to Bernalina) as Ben and Carlos did the previous day including a variation on Bernalina’s final pitch. More fun crimping and edge pulling and another visit to Pena’s summit. As it was Christmas day, we found the hiking path choked with people. A scene reminded me of our hike out from Devils Tower after a climb…except this time we could not understand the questions and comments being flung at us. Had we not been warned about driving at night in Mexico, we’d have headed north that afternoon. Instead we spent the rest of the day checking out the town, drinking margaritas and mojitos, and taking in the moment. Both Mineral del Chico and Bernal were lively but all the tourists were Mexican or at least Spanish speaking – we saw no foreigners during that part of the trip.
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