Mexico is a big country, roughly a quarter the size of the Lower 48 in land area. It includes the Baja California peninsula, extending nearly 800 miles south of the U.S. border.
Much of Northern Mexico lies within the arid Chihuahuan desert, with geography similar to west Texas and southern New Mexico. El Potrero Chico is located in the north-eastern state of Nuevo León, about 25 miles northwest of the city of Monterrey (population: 3 million). The Potrero is a sport climbing paradise, with limestone similar to Thailand (so I've been told) and routes up to 20 pitches in length.
Mexico is also home to several dozen volcanoes, both extinct and active. At 5,700m (18,701 ft), Pico de Orizaba is the highest peak in the country. Close behind are Popocatépetl "Popo" at 5,452m (17,887 ft) and Iztaccíhuatl "Ixta" at 5,286m (17,342 ft). All three are popular destinations for mountaineers in training for the bigger ranges.
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Yankee Clipper 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a North America
: ... : La Selva (Jungle Wall)
This is a long moderate route with the 15th pitch being 5.12a. If you don't do the 15th pitch, it goes at 5.10b. I only did the first 14 pitches. We climbed with a single 60m rope and on the raps, we had the knot up against our belay devices multiple times. I recommend the 60m rope, a 70m would be an extra 10m * 14 * 2 = 280m of rope to manage. The rock is sharper the higher you go, until the 14th pitch...in shade and not as sharp. Here are the pitches as best I can remember:All pitches ar...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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|By Anthony Anagnostou|
Dec 27, 2008
it would be really great if an administrator could adjust the mexico page so that the climbing areas are grouped by state, or at least central/north/southern mexico..
|By Hank Caylor|
From: Golden, CO
Dec 28, 2008
I'm on it Anthony.
From: Littleton, CO
Dec 7, 2010
A great resource for good climbing info for places in Mexico, including lots of other spots besides El Potrero is:
Click on the English button on the top left to change languages, then click guides for info on some nice spots. If you're down around Mexico City, go to Aculco! Sweet and quality basalt splitters very reminiscent of Paradise Forks.
Dec 29, 2010
Hey - was wondering if anyone had information about outdoor bouldering in the state of Mexico City and nearby. Have tried escalando.net, which seems to have a fair bit of info - but have been frustrated trying to locate (the relatively few) boulders mentioned on that website. Any tips as to useful websites or email addresses much appreciated!
|By Dmitriy Litvak|
From: Pacifica, CA
Jan 31, 2011
Flying back to the states, do not put ropes or cams into your carry-on.
You will get turned around and will have to pack them into your luggage.
Potrero was very safe. Good time to visit it this year as the place is not busy at all. People not coming down probably due to the economy.
|By David Kozak|
Jan 9, 2012
I'm headed to Potrero in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone could point me to some new long routes (4 pitches or more)to do in the 5.9 to 12a category. "New" as in the past three years or so. Thanks!
|By Lee Frazer|
Feb 27, 2012
El Potrero climbers...Flying into Monterrey Friday, March 2. Anyone else coming in then, and if so, want to share a taxi?
|By Evan C|
Jul 3, 2012
I want to climb, the family wants a tropical beach trip. Where should we go?
|By Adam Stackhouse|
Sep 1, 2012
Thanks Mike for making this area a bit more user friendly!!
From: Salty lake, Utah
Sep 3, 2012
Just wanted to let everybody know that Potrero chico is safe and awesome.
We went in the beginning of August and it was amazing. pretty hot, but you definetly can chase the shade with the help of those beautiful 2000 ft limestone walls.
Check it out!
Magicedspotrerochico.com is a really good website for more info, and you can contact magic Ed for a shuttle.
From: Salty lake, Utah
Sep 7, 2012
Hello administrator here's a link for a website that has a lot of info of climbing areas in the Jalisco area.
Dec 22, 2012
Does anybody know about driving across the border if passport and registration will work or is the car title required?
|By Josh McCoy|
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 25, 2013
Registration works. Title not needed. I just drove in at Laredo three weeks ago without a problem.
|By Patrick Mcfadden|
From: Portland, OR
Jan 29, 2013
Is this Josh McCoy I picked up hitching in new Zealand? Small world. I am heading down to EPC next week. My plan was bussing from San Antonio. looking for beta on Mexico travel. Last Fri in hildago some twenty people went missing. Anyone have any comments on EPC or travel?
Jun 24, 2013
The new rock climbing guidebooks of Mexico on this website www.rockclimbing-mexico.com .Rock climbing guidebooks of Mexico (North and Central-South)
All the information to climb all around MEXICO. 130 climbing areas (sport, trad, multipitch, boulder, dws).
| || |the guidebooks at WWW.ROCKCLIMBING-MEXICO.COM
Submitted By: oriol on Jun 24, 2013