Los Elementos Adventure Center rock climbing team of Greg, Brianne, and Samuel have been setting up new climbing routes for the winter season and for 2014. They would love to show you the new routes if you have plans to travel to Lake Atitlan Guatemala this season. Greg and Brianne have brought the fun new exercise acro-yoga to Santa Cruz. Be sure to get limbered up with a yoga class before your climbing session.
We still have our teaching wall for those with little to no experience. You will be safely secured into a safety climbing harness before you start your climb.
Even with little to no experience you can try our unique over the water climbing wall. It is a thrill to step out of a boat and onto the rock wall. You can choose to be supported, or “risk” dropping 10-20 feet into the deep crystal waters of Lake Atitlan.
For those who want a bigger thrill, and have a bit of experience, we have set up a new 400 foot multi-pitch climb in the Pumpatin Canyon near Santa Cruz la Laguna. Only a 15 minute hike from Los Elementos Adventure Center, the climb can be approached from the top if you prefer to have more repelling and less climbing.
Our special guest this week is Jake Norton of Mountain World Productions. Jake has climbed Mt. Everest seven times & summited three, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro four times, completed over 20 expeditions to Nepal & Tibet, summited McKinley & Aconcagua, led five expeditions to the Peruvian Andes, and summited Mt Rainier a total of 93 times. Jake is enjoying our more modest climbing, along with kayaking, hiking, and exploring the Mayan villages around Lake Atitlan Guatemala.
Our Adventure Center is the only climbing school in Guatemala where you can learn the basic principals of top rope climbing and try your skills on one of our easier walls. We offer a unique opportunity for over-the water climbing for those with more experience. Come for a day or a week. We have our very own Rock Climbing camp with routes for any ability. Climb with us at the base camp in Santa Cruz la Laguna, or on one of the many climbing sites around the lake. Lake Atitlán is one of the few of locations in the world with over-the-water climbing.
Top rope climbing (or Top roping) is a style in climbing in which a rope (used for the climber’s safety) runs from a belayer at the foot of a route through carabiners connected to an anchor system at the top of the route and back down to the climber attaching to the climber by means of a harness. It is the most common style used at indoor climbing walls. Most top-rope anchors can be reached through non-technical means, such as by hiking or scrambling to the top of the cliff.
There are two schools of Acroyoga. Acroyoga Montreal, led by Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku, has used the term since 2001 brings together acrobatics, yoga and dance/performance. Acroyoga Inc., which began in California with Jason Nemer and Jenny Klein and was labelled as acroyoga in 2006. The latter practices brings together acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage.