By Ben Jonjak
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go to Lunahuana and check out the climbing event of the XX Adventure sports festival. Like many of you, I’d read the brochures and had an idea of what I was in for, but really there is nothing quite like actually attending this kind of sporting event. The thing that I found especially wonderful about Lunahuana’s sports festival was the positive, low-key atmosphere. In similar events which I’ve participated in (most of which were in the US), the competitors always hover under a cloud of stressful energy that, although providing a certain amount of excitement, also makes it rather hard to relax. At the XX Adventure sports festival, however, the competitive stress was replaced with a euphoric joy of sport (and willingness to party) which helped make the event a rousing success for all attending.
The XX Adventure Sports festival was held at the San Jeronimo Campgrounds at Km. 33. When we first arrived, I thought I was in the wrong place. From the outside it looks too small to provide camping for any significant number of people. I soon realized, however, that the Km. 33 entrance is merely the tip of the iceberg, the actual campgrounds can be reached by descending a long stairway to a wide, grassy area beside the river. The price is 6 Soles per person to camp, or 12 Soles per person to rent one of the available rooms. Camping looked like a lot of fun and I think I’d like to give it a try the next time I make it to Lunahuana.
The first thing I noticed upon entering the campground was the enormous artificial climbing wall. There was a time in my life when I’m sure I would have started scrambling up that thing without a second thought. Now, however, I find myself looking at the world through the lenses of a guy who’s a little more aware of his own mortality. My wife, however, took one look and immediately wanted to have a go.
"Are you sure you want to try this for the first time in front of fifty strangers?" I asked.
She just shrugged in reply (she’s the courageous one).
"You don’t have the right shoes," I persisted.
"I’ll go barefoot," she replied.
"I think that would hurt, those footholds are awfully small. I think the real climbers use special shoes with hard soles."
That finally got her to relent, right up until the first competitor scampered up the wall in her bare feet no less (sigh). But by then, my wife and I were both content to just enjoy the company of the other spectators, a few beers, and to help with shouting out words of encouragement to those who were intrepid enough to climb.
The XX Adventure sport festival at Lunahuana also boasted of a Jet Ski demonstration, a rafting race, a kayak race, and a mountain bike race. But above all, the emphasized word was festival, as in party, and competitors and spectators alike were treated to a great time! Lunahuana is definitely a place to check out, and its proximity to Lima makes it a great weekend escape. I know that I’ll be going back, I only hope that the climbing wall is still assembled so that my wife can try it out.
Results from the whole event:
Date: Saturday 28
Place: Paullo – Puente Socsi. Km. 30.240
Team Expediciones Rio Canete
Guide: Jose Bello del Real
Crew: Leonardo Gonzales
Fernando Ortiz de Zevallos
Team Xtreme Raf & Expedition
Guide: Rommel Renzo Candela Sanchez
Crew: Juan Jose Gozzer
Luis Escuate Sanchez
Percy Tovan Maldonado De la Cruz
Alexis Vicente Yactayo
Joseph Daniel Gutierres Ramos
Team Raf River Peru
Guide: Juan Vicente Yactayo
Crew: Gilbert Vega Cornejo
Arturo Larenas Ayllon
Christopher Sanchez Marcelo
Victor Sanchez Zapata
Jonathan Sanchez Marcelo
Team: Konchucos Tambo Lodge
Guia: Daniela Mendez
Crew: Alejandra Mendez
Place: Paullo-Puente Socsi.
1st place: Rommel Renzo Candela
2nd place: Shabanel Loayza Carvajal
3rd place: Daniel Rondon Casos
Mountain Bike Competiton
Date: Sunday March 1st
Place: Circuito San Geronimo
1st place: Gustavo Orellana 1.05.02 Ola Tepsa
2nd place: Jhon Sanchez 1.10.09 Miguel Bike
3rd place: Juan Durand 1.13.09
1st place: Elio Pacheco 49.33 Mala Bike
2nd place" Gino Chumpitaz 54.09 Ola Tepsa
1st place: Rafael Guevara 51.37 Team Peroles
2nd place: Sergio Fang 52.16 Team Peroles
3rd place: Francisco Arias 54.37 Operador Loguistica
1st place: Pablo Vargas 1.00.08 Cletas
2nd place: Edgar Narvaez 1.00.52 At. Diesel
3rd place: Jose Ruiz 1.03.36 Sport Nacional Mala
1st place: Alejandro Pacheco 34.24 Mala Bike
2nd place: Hector Arias 36.23 Mala Bike
3rd place: Juan Gozzer 37.06 Base Camp
1st place: Monica Chavez, Bici Shop
2nd place: Shirley Rojas, Reds
3rd place: Angela Domenack, Reds
1st place: Jose Quintana, Lurin
2nd place: Russel Torres, Ola Tepsa
3rd place: Angel Aguipe, Ola Tepsa
Place: Camping San Jeronimo. Km. 33
Technical director: Manolo Urquizo–Monodedo
1st place: Juan Jose Gozzer
2nd place: Jose Antonio Macias.
3rd place: Jorge Luis Quispe Asin
1st place: Ivan Camasa Cabrera
2nd place: Juan Carlos Calderon
3rd place: Luis Portocarrero