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William Helmer

Last November, my team and I had the opportunity to explore some virgin rock in Mexico. Our destination was Canyon Tajo in Baja California. Only a 2.5hours drive from San Diego got us to the incredible massive rock formation called "el gran trono blanco" the great white throne!  1600 feet of beautiful desert granite in a remote and less traveled area. There are no guidebooks and only a little bit of information about this place online. So our mission was to climb a great line... Something that calls us, something that you look at and say: YES! This needs o be climbed. And so we hiked down the incredible steep south gully - stopping every 5 minutes to look up and find a line. Kind of overwhelming cause there are so many. After a good 1 and a half down the gully and a couple of discussions about the perfect line I decided to give it a try on this beautiful giant flake that snaked up the Southwest side of Trono blanco. It was not too easy to get to the start of the feature but once there we could all see that this was worth it. Our intuition was right. We found a line and after the first 2 pitches it became evident that we are now on terrain that has been climbed before. "Mexican Shoestring" is how I named a variation start to the existing route "millennia" that has been established by John Smallwood in 1999. It is not easy to find the area of gran Trono blanco when driving in from the dirt roads... So our beta included: "make a left turn by the shoestring that is hanging of the tree" well!! Where is that damn shoestring? It caused us some trouble and so the whole shoestring became a metaphor for route finding on our entire trip. Here you can see the red line signaling a new climbed line that eventually leads into John Smallwood's fantastic climb! @shepherdimages great times.

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Highly recommend Fabi! He is super organized, friendly and safe. He was on time, prepared with everything we needed, fully explained everything we needed to know and made sure we felt safe during every step. He’s super encouraging and really knows what he is doing!
Anna T.
What an amazing experience! We took the beginners class, and so happy we did, Fabi was very knowledgeable, breaking instructions down step by step making it easier and fun to learn! After learning all the important safety steps we got to climbing right away, with fabi right there giving us pointers on the best route to take. I left class feeling more confident in my abilities to climb. Fabi has such a chill, friendly, and encouraging way of teaching, it felt like we were learning with a friend. I highly reccomend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Fabi!
Kailyn F.
Had such an incredible time doing my first trad rock climbing multi pitch! Coach Jakob was extremely professional and taught my friend and I so much. We went up over 2,000 feet and got to the top of a stunning mountain in Idyllwild. He was informative and we felt completely safe the entire time. It was a fun and beautiful adventure. We would highly recommend Jakob and Chillino Rock Climbing Group for your upcoming adventures!
Valerie H.
My partner and I just finished an intro climbing class with Chillino and it was fantastic! Our guide was Fabi and he was knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and always put safety first. A great introduction to outdoor climbing with an emphasis on learning basics the right way and having fun, whatever your skill level. We started with an overview of equipment, a short hike in Mission Hills and a thorough training on using the equipment. We had the chance to do several lines at our own pace. All were a good challenge! Overall, a great class and highly recommend :)
Grace M.
Absolutely incredible experience! I hardly have any experience as a climber and Fabian did a great job at showing me the basics and making sure I knew how to safely and adequately climb. There was plenty of time for me to get my hands dirty and the location was beautiful! The team that came along was very positive and encouraging! Would definitely recommend Fabian's climbing options!
Tiffany C.