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El Gavilán – Bronwyn Hodgins resurrecting a forgotten wall in Mexico

Author(s): Bronwyn Hodgins and Jacob Cook
Video Release Date: April 26, 2023
Video Source: YouTube

Rising out of the arid Mexican Desert lies a 900ft ship’s prow of elegant limestone, sporting a 9-pitch 5.13 established in the 90s by Jeff Jackson. A cutting-edge Big Wall free climb at the time, this climb shut down hard men for years. Shrouded in mysticism, the bolts rusted and the holds collected dust, until a couple of gals from Canada decided to give it a try.

Thank-you to everyone who was involved in this multi-season project, those who came out to the cliff with us and those of you who helped behind the scenes. It was a huge effort, and we couldn’t have pulled this off without you all! An update on the cliff: Since the filming of El Gavilán, a number of climbing teams have been out to repeat the route and have returned with glowing reviews of the climb and the re-bolting effort. Jacob and our friend Drew Marshall have established two new, fully bolted (and even harder) multipitches: Las Naguales (13b) and El Visitante (13c). Some of the locals in the small village near the cliff are also excited about the climbing developments, and one family has started offering hospitality and transportation services to visiting climbers!

Directors: Bronwyn Hodgins and Savannah Cummins
Lead Editor: Mike Call
Assistant Editor: Ben Nielson
Film Crew: Bex Rodriguez, Hannah Zamora and Jacob Cook

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