Christina Gambacorta

Christina Gambacorta

We loved Mac, and Peña de Bernal! 

Mac was a great guide, and we felt very safe, and in good hands the entire time we spent together. Peña de Bernal is a beautiful place to climb, and was very pleasant for our first multi-pitch experience. Bernalina was great fun!

Says Christina Gambacorta of California

Jo Kohl

Jo Kohl

I went climbing with Simeon and SouthernXposure last March with two of my friends. It was the trip of a lifetime. We did four days of climbing in Mexico. Two in Bernal, one of which was spent climbing Peña de Bernal. Another day was spent in Jilotepec, which was basically an outdoor climbing gym, and another day doing amazing crack climbs in Aculco. Simeon is always a blast to climb with, and we learned and climbed so much. I can't even imagine a more perfect trip! Simeon was very knowledgeable about the area as well, and served as a great guide both for climbing and non-climbing things (food, hotels, things of interest to visit). We also took a few rest days in between climbing, one for a festival in Bernal (I'm missing those elotes and atoles hardcore right now), one to see the monarch butterfly migration and one to see the pyramids. Seriously an amazing and unforgettable trip!!! I couldn't recommend it more!

Says Jo Kohl from Korfu, NY Facebook.com

Michael Schwarzl

Michael Schwarzl

Simeon is not only a tremendously knowledgeable and experienced guide (both on the rock and for tourism in general), he is one of the most kind-hearted people I've had the pleasure of meeting. He is a genuine, down-to-earth gentleman who goes out of his way to make you feel safe and welcomed.

Stephanie and I recently spent 4 days climbing with Sim in central Mexico around the state of Queretaro climbing in Aculco. Not only was the climbing absolutely first-class, he went out of his way to ensure that safety was more important than anything else.

As a new climber, I definitely want to make sure I'm safe since this was only my second time climbing outdoors. Sim is able to cultivate a mindset where you respect the rope but feel secure enough that you can focus on the climbing.

Sim is a curated guide, and world class, and it is an experience that I'll never forget. I can't wait for the next blue collar brawl with the cracks in Aculco the next time we go!

Says Michael Schwarzl of Toronto, Canada Facebook.com

Gabriel Saad

Gabriel Saad

"Definitely the best outdoor company for rock climbing in Mexico! Guided by one of the best guides, with a lot of experience to give! I was climbing with Simeon some days ago in Jilotepec, and in Aculco. He is a great guy, excellent guide, a great person, and a fancy cooker! If you have the opportunity to spend time with SouthernXposure do it!" 

Says Gabriel Saad from Beirut, Lebanon facebook.com

Bowie Helm

Bowie Helm

My girlfriend and I spent a week climbing with Simeon of SouthernXposure over Christmas vacation. It was truly the experience of a lifetime. I've climbed all over the world but what makes SouthernXposure special are the guides. Simeon has a knowledge and relationship with Central Mexico and has great contacts in the area. His passions for guiding and also for putting together the logistics, contacts, lodging, etc make him an invaluable connection in Mexico. The climbing is anything from 5-minute approach crags, crack climbing near a waterfall, and multi-pitch "big wall" climbing in Bernal. You won't go wrong with this off-the-beaten -path destination. El Potrero is out. The State of Queretaro (Bernal, aculco, and Jilotepec, etc) are in. Thanks Simeon for a badass time...and "peanut" his sidekick.

Says Bowie Helm from Houston, Texas Facebook.com

Danny Hickey

Danny Hickey

Within seconds of arriving in Bernal and hanging out with Simeon, owner of SX, it is easy to see why he has been a successful international climbing guide for many years and why Bernal is his place of choice. His knowledge of the local rock is endless, and he is constantly working with locals to develop and maintain the world class climbing in a downright magical location. His knowledge, however, doesn't end where the cliff stops. Sim seems to be friends with the entire town of Bernal and can always give the best suggestions from where to sleep and eat all the way down to which public bathroom to use. Without him, my group and I never would have found the most amazing ice cream that any of us had ever eaten. Also without him, some relatively sticky situations involving sickness and injury could have become a lot more serious. However, Simeon helped us through everything with knowledge and grace and kept us safe and enjoying our entire stay.

Overall, Simeon and SouthernXposure Guide Service provides the highest quality experience both on and off the rock. The best guides I have ever worked with. As for the climbing... the pictures speak for themselves...

Says Danny Hickey from Ossining, NY Facebook.com

Eric L.

Eric L.

Went to Bernal to climb south of the border with a few friends, and my oh my was it such a diamond in the rough. Simeon (owner of SouthernXposure) constantly gave us knowledge of the area, the rock, and the town. I haven't met anyone who is more qualified to guide and establish new amazing routes on such an incredible quality of rock. He is the definition of a climber in my book, someone who is selfless, wants to teach his systems and show people an amazing time (Without leaving a trace (other than his new routes! Montezuma's revenge!))

Says Eric L. from Humboldt County, CA Yelp.com

Katie V.

Katie V.

My friends and I spent 4 days climbing with SouthernXposure in Bernal, Aculco, and Jilotepec. Our experience was amazing, Simeon and Mac are awesome guides, we learned an incredible amount, and really had a very good time both on the rock and walking around the towns afterward. We learned a lot of new skills and overall gained a lot of confidence in our abilities over the course of the week. On our final day we climbed La Peña de Bernal, which was our first big wall climb! I'd highly recommend climbing in all 3 areas if you have the time!

Says Katie V. from Utica, NY Facebook.com

Neil Atkinson

Neil Atkinson

Recently spent a bit more than a week climbing with Sim, and if you want a safe, knowledgeable, and kind guide, he's your guy.

As far a the safety goes, I've been climbing outside over fours years with a preference for trad climbing and I certainly picked up a few things from Sim about anchors. Additionally, he has a habitat of analyzing any given situation before he commits to the plan. Combined with years and years of experience with his systems, he's got you covered.

When it comes to knowledge, he's literally written the book on climbing in Bernal and in Aculco he took me to world-class routes that I had completely missed when exploring the area on my own. Jilotepec? Yeah, he showed me what's what there too.

Lastly, the man is a gem. I witnessed him clean up areas, install better anchors using his own materials, and volunteer his time to help others. Moreover, it's motivating just to be around him and his happiness is contagious.

Thanks for everything Sim!

Says Neil Atkinson from Halifax, Nova Scotia Facebook.com

Malcolm Ferguson

Malcolm Ferguson

So I just got home from what I consider to be the best climbing trip I've been on to date. The grand finale were three days spent crack climbing with Sim in Aculco, Mexico. Aculco hosts a gorgeous valley lined with beautiful routes spaced out ever three feet. Unfortunately there are no guide books and the place is exceptionally hard to navigate. That's where Sim comes into play. His first hand knowledge on the routes and valley are top notch. It really made the days enjoyable knowing we could focus just on climbing and not have to waste anytime trying to guess which route we were looking at. Aside from his knowledge he's simply a great guy. His persona and presence alone will up your game by a full grade. If your planning a trip to Central Mexico you have to get in touch with Sim. You won't regret it!

Says Malcolm Ferguson from London, Ontario Facebook.com

Jim Cutro

Jim Cutro

A great town. The people are friendly, and there are several hotels that are immaculate and cheap at base of rock. Simeon of SouthernXposure Guide Service dialed in my whole group from airport pick up, route recommendations, hotels and restaurants. The food was cheap and delicious. No stomach issues for any of our group. The climbing is varied and spectacular. Each route is safely bolted if you stick clip, with different movements on each line even when next to each other. At night a nice town to relax and heal up for another day of climbing. Hotel Casa Celia (Marcos) at base of mountain was clean, hot powerful showers, internet, and breakfast, was great all around. And I am no camper, so I wanted a nice place to chill and the hotel and town exceeded expectations.

Says Jim Cutro from Mountainside, NJ Mountainproject.com

Tae K.

Tae K.

Climb La Pena De Bernal, it is visually daunting and astonishing to climb. There are numerous amount of routes that anyone can try out, from the most simple and enjoyable climbs to the most achievable and 'shit your pants' type of climbs. Simeon is your guru of SouthernXposure. He's the man you should talk to about climbing, the town, the food and more.

Says Tae from Bronx, New York Yelp.com

Beka Peralta

Beka Peralta

Sim es un guía de escalada con muchísima experiencia. Nos dio una clase de introducción a tradclimb muy completa en Aculco; vimos tipos de piezas, anclajes y maniobras. Te explica todo con mucho detalle, responde tus preguntas y lo mejor de todo es que ríes todo el tiempo porque es una persona muy simpática y divertida. 
Al final fuimos a cenar delicioso en el centro de Aculco, fue un gran día :)

Dice Beka de Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico Facebook.com

Emily W.

Emily W.

At Peña de Bernal, SouthernXposure truly provides. 
These guys truly value taking the time to ensure that each individual receives the experience of a lifetime; beyond the fabulous climbs. The rock is superb, the town is incredible, and the recommendations made for some of the best days of my life. Thank you to Simeon for everything. I left Bernal not only having climbed the most satisfying lines, but having formed a new family and a second home.

Says Emily W. from San Francisco, CA Yelp.com