Columns of Tangán - Ecuador

Columns of Tangán - Ecuador


Deep in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador you'll find columnar basalt and splitter cracks. Since 2013, climbers have enjoyed the mythical energy of the Columns of Tangán. Rain, sun, mist, and a roaring waterfall provide the unique vibe of climbing above the unexplored jungle.

Tangán, as it's commonly referred to, has over 25 routes from 5.8 to unclimbed 5.13s, both trad and sport, and a near endless potential for new route development.

 

Getting There

It takes two and a half to three hours from the capital city Quito. Tangán lies on the northwest flanks of the Ilinizas volcanoes. Visiting Tangán is an experience itself. The surrounding lands are private and there is no way to get there with public transportation. Both paved and dirt roads through the towns of Tanicuchi and Toacazo lead to an upper parking lot in the Cerro Azul farmland area. A 15-20 min descent on foot with mindblowing views of volcanoes and forests lead to the base of the canyon. 

Landowner Ramiro Uribe, who lives mostly on cattle and wood, has generously accepted climbers and visitors to his land. Donations are greatly appreciated to contribute to maintaining a small bungalow at the base, trails, a latrine, and a new initiative to introduce a small trout farm for sustainability.

Tangán has become one of the dozens of Ecuador's spectacular destinations, and a gem for trad climbing in the region. Contact the Ecuadorian climbers at reelrocktourecuador@gmail.com for beta on the travel and access, supplies and resources, and a coming topo of the area.

 

 

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