If you think about Cuba, you, in first place, probably think about Caribbean beaches, cigars, historic cars and an atmosphere as if time stands still there. However, the town and UNESCO world heritage Vinales (about 3 hours by car from Havanna) is not only one of the most well-known and biggest tobacco farming regions of Cuba, but also a beautiful climbing area with the same name.
"We climbed nearly every piece of rock that touched our finger tips."
Nobody really understands why climbing is prohibited in Cuba. The fact that it is tolerated by the government – at least at the moment – invited the AUSTRIALPIN athlete to discover new rock and therefore to tick a new climbing destination on his bucket list. The very special challenge: The high temperatures!
"Climbing at more than 30°C in the shade is nothing you do every day. The high temperatures and the rock which is heated by the sun in combination with the high humidity is not the best for a good grip and so we were struggling with routes much more than we should have. [...] However, the 'swinging' between the sinter formations was just too much fun.
And so it was all about climbing, climbing, climbing: from red point routes up to 8b+, among them also some first ascents, and various flash and onsight routes up to 8a+ – a total success!