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Description

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 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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Classic Climbing Routes at Mexico

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 163
Dead Man Walking
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 264
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 242
Snott Girlz
Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 218
Pitch Black
Sport 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 345
Space Boyz
Sport 11 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 139
Off The Couch
Sport 7 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 245
Two Pumped Chump
Sport 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 164
El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's P…
Sport 6 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 116
Pangea
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 77
Tu Felicidad
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 192
Don Quixote
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 333
Time Wave Zero
Sport 23 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 114
El Balota
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 93
Fear of Flying
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 89
Inglorious Bastards
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dead Man Walking Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Dihedrals
 163
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Treasure of the Sierra Madre Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 264
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 7 pitches
Snott Girlz Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 242
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Pitch Black Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Conundrums
 218
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 6 pitches
Space Boyz Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > La Selva (Jungle Wall)
 345
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 11 pitches
Off The Couch Nuevo Leon > … > El Toro (The Fr… > Zapatista Wall
 139
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Two Pumped Chump Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 245
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
El Sendero Diablo (The Devi… Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 164
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 6 pitches
Pangea Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Las Agujas (The Spires)
 116
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Tu Felicidad Nuevo Leon > El Salto > Tecolote Cave
 77
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Don Quixote Nuevo Leon > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 192
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Time Wave Zero Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Timewave Buttress
 333
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 23 pitches
El Balota Nuevo Leon > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 114
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Fear of Flying Nuevo Leon > … > Las Estrellas C… > Club Mex Wall
 93
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Inglorious Bastards Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > TNT Wall
 89
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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