In this short film we meet Fery Rodriguez, who made history by becoming the first Mexican woman to climb 5.14a.

Watch Fery climb Dante’s Inferno Extension 5.14a in El Salto, a popular winter destination for Canadians heading south.

This film was done by Beka Peralta based in Mexico City. She was recently at the Banff Mountain Film Festival with a number of short films.

El Salto is in northeastern Mexico in the state of Nuevo León with hundreds of climbs.

It has seep limestone walls that extend out of the canyons in the Sierra Madre Oriental range. They offer techy faces to steep tufas to roof climbing.

There are hundreds of climbs, they are mostly found at Las Animas Wall, The Tecolote Cave, La Boca and Cumbia Cave.

Five Must Climb Routes
Culo de Merlin 5.10d: Big tufas through a steep roof with a cave finish
Alien Tufa 5.11c: A long and technical climb considered the area warm up
Culo de Negra 5.12a: Stem the tufas, find the no hands rests
Tufaluna 5.13a: Pinch and pull your way up a long tufa
Dante’s Inferno 5.13d: One of the area classics, spaced bolts

Where to Stay
El Salto is about a 45-minute drive from the mountain town Cienega de Gonzalez. The cheapest camping is at Dona Kika’s. You can park a van or pitch a tent in the yard. There’s bathrooms, water and a kitchen area. You can also rent a house or cabana from Kika or in town. Beware of online price gouging.

Kim McGrenere on Camino de Chino 5.13 Photo Graham McGrenere


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