We've recently been made aware of how Cuba is finding its feet as a new alternative venue for climbers who like to head off to far away places such as Thailand. There is a growing scene over there but it's still in its infancy with many unclimbed routes and absolutely loads of potential - it really is in the pioneering stage with 150 new routes recently established.
This was brought to our attention by a customer in the shop, Israel Diaz who is a Cuban himself and runs the Cuban Climbing website which you can find here. It's a really extensive site with a wealth of information, so if the idea of visiting Cuba for either climbing or simply travelling purposes appeals to you, I really recommend you check it out.
Israel was also kind enough to supply a few images of what he's been up to over there near the north west town of Vinales.
This is about an hour and a half from the capital of Cuba, Havana and there is limestone for either sport or bouldering. You can expect to pay prices such as £7 a night full board to stay in the local area, so this could really be a cost effective way to do a bit of climbing and experience a culture that isn't visited by everyone and their mum.
This year the first bouldering competition in Cuba is in the planning stages - for more information either check out the Cuban Climbing website or Israel Diaz will be happy to talk to you about climbing in Cuba, you can reach him here.