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Sunday 20th July 2014 saw the official release of the brand new “Huaraz - The Climbing Guide”, during which a bouldering competition was organized by the guidebook’s authors David Lazo and Marie Timmermans from the travel agency QUECHUANDES with the help of the newly founded climbing clubs CAWAY and CAISTH at the recently built artificial climbing wall at the Instituto Tecnologico Eleazar Guzman Barron in Shancayan.
The competition was a resounding success with a total of 43 climbers taking part, which came from all corners of the world - Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, France, Austria, Germany, Israel and of course Peru. The high quality and varied routes designed by famous top rated Spanish climber Toti Vales and his friend Bernat Vilarrasa - who have worked for IFSC world cups competitions - made sure the crowd was constantly entertained and the competitors sufficiently challenged.
The venue was the brand new artificial wall at the Instituto Tecnologico Eleazar Guzman Barron that was inaugurated last April, meaning something worthwhile finally happened for climbing enthusiasts in Huaraz. The much needed climbing wall was built thanks to the great efforts of students from the career of official tourist guide from the Instituto Tecnologico Eleazar Guzman Barron. Huaraz, despite being known as Peru’s adventure capital and offering the best climbing spots in the country, only had until recently a few very small climbing walls available, none of which are suitable for any big competitions, whereas Lima has at least five good-sized climbing walls, including the country’s largest Pirqa, and the brand new Top 30 wall in Callao.
The event’s organisers hope that with such events and the release of Peru’s first ever climbing guidebook, Huaraz will no longer be left so far behind. Complete lack of interest and the inability to see the importance of climbing from the local government and the majority of local businesses is the reason why Huaraz has been left in the dark ages for too long.
Writing a guidebook, building a climbing wall and organizing climbing competitions are costly and time consuming affairs that involve a lot of hard work and dedication. Yet against all odds, a lot has happened in the climbing world in the past year, a group of modest students from the Instituto Tecnologico Eleazar Guzman Barron came up with the brilliant idea to build an artificial climbing wall as part of their graduation project and they managed to make it a reality, a quality guidebook was released, great competitions are a more regular occurrence and new climbing clubs such as CAWAY and CAISTH are being formed. Let’s hope that people will take note and things will keep going forwards and upwards!
Here are some impressions from climbers who took part in the competition, from some of the event’s organizers and people who assisted to the competition.

Andrea Malca Wong competitor from Lima
“Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the bouldering competition organised by Quechuandes. The competition had very well thought of routes, where you had to use a combination of strength, technique and ability to read the route in order to reach the top the best way possible. I also wanted to congratulate Quechuandes for the wonderful guide "The Huaraz Climbing Guide", the first ever rock climbing guide to Peru, a super interesting, nice looking and comprehensive guide to climbing in Huaraz”.
Rosario Obregon competitor from Huaraz
“I came late to the competition on July 20, full of tension and sadness after saying goodbye to a dear friend who passed away, and with little expectations. I thought it was just going to be one competition more, but on arrival I quickly realised this was going to be very different. I was very pleasantly surprised and full of motivation seeing the great number of competitors and spectators, not only foreigners and familiar Peruvians climbers from Huaraz and Lima, but also surprisingly climbers from much more remote parts of Ancash. I was amazed by the quality of the organisation, the care provided in this competition and especially the warmth extended to each of the climbers. And for once there were so many female climbers, that really made my day because usually we are only 3 or 4! Now that there are more competitions, it's great, because it motivates you to get better. For me this competition was the best experience in every aspect, dissemination, organisation, and the kindness of the organisers given to each of us who were present. Personally I think that is how competition should be in order to ensure people keep motivated and for the climbing community to get bigger. I want to say thank you and congratulations to the organisers.”
Karina Lingan competitor from Lima
“I am very happy to have participated in the competition, it was excellent, with good blocks and a brilliant organisation. It is very rare to have so many girls competing, both Peruvian and foreign, and that's something that motivates us a lot as it helps us to increase our level of climbing and encourages more women to start climbing and competing. I am grateful to the organisers and sponsors for providing free bus tickets and accommodation. Many congratulations also for "THE HUARAZ CLIMBING GUIDE", the first guide to climbing sites in Peru, it is very well done and will tremendously help the promotion of climbing in Huaraz, it is an essential book for any lover of the sport. I’m so looking forward to the next competition in Huaraz and I'm already planning to come back soon.”
Alvaro Lafuente competitor from Spain
“I have come from Spain to do some mountaineering in the wonderful mountains around Huaraz and also to have a laugh and make friends during the rest days. Huaraz for me at this time is an ideal place to take part in a bouldering competition, where people from many countries, Europe, America, locals, get together. This makes the competition varied, with plenty of different climbing styles and ways to solve the problems that Spaniards, Toti and Bernat with Cesar and David from Huaraz prepared for us. It's a nice memory, among many mountains, that we will bring back to Spain. The competition was enlivened with a good local DJ, there was a first qualifying round with four beautiful blocks that left six participants from each category to qualify for the final. At lunchtime, we were offered a good meal to regain strength, good beer and good dessert. The final was held in the spotlights and the cold of the night. More important than winning the prizes, for me personally was to see the faces of the audience, who were so involved and applauded the participants with such enthusiasm. Definitely a good day to remember, where we made some great friends and where we all had a wonderful time.”