American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Mexico, Chihuahua, Basaseachic Waterfall National Park, The Cascade Wall, Lluvia de Plata, New Route

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  • Publication Year: 2001

The Cascade Wall, Lluvia de Plata, New Route. In April, I opened a route on the wall of Basaseachic Falls. I named the route Lluvia de Plata because the waterfall, in the morning, looked like silver bits in the sun. It was eight pitches long: 5.9 (45m), A2+ (40m), A3 (45m), A3+ (35m), A3+ (40m), A4 (35m), A2+ 5.10 (55m), A2 (62m). I fixed the first two pitches, and spent a week on the wall.

Another person was supposed to come from Spain but he didn’t—and he was supposed to bring the ropes (mine and those of Carlos Garcia, who was going to climb another route solo). (It appears that Garcia climbed the route La Danza del Sol on the same wall, but further details are lacking-Ed.) He sent them to Chihuahua, and due to the disastrous Mexican bureaucracy, they arrived nine days before my return home. I spent five days opening the route solo and I had to ask for a belayer in order to finish the route in time. It is easy to rappel down the wall, so Ruben from Chihuahua spent one night on the wall and belayed me on the last two pitches. When I finished, I had to travel directly without even a shower to Chihuahua, and from there to Mexico City and Madrid.

The route shares the characteristics of the other walls in the canyon: a lot of hooking and small overhanging cracks for copperheads or short knifeblades. The rock is very good. It overhangs all the way, and the line is only visible in the afternoon, when the sun is not on it directly.

Cecilia BuIl, Spain

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