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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
 95
Dead Man Walking
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 228
Will the Wolf Survive?
Sport 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 165
Pancho Villa Rides Again
Sport 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 165
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Sport 7 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 134
Satori
Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 172
Snott Girlz
Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 118
Pitch Black
Sport 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 248
Space Boyz
Sport 11 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 95
Mugre Mugre
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 151
Two Pumped Chump
Sport 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 99
El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's P…
Sport 6 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 83
Pangea
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 135
Don Quixote
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 186
Yankee Clipper
Sport 15 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 226
Time Wave Zero
Sport 23 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dead Man Walking Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Dihedrals
 95
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Will the Wolf Survive? Northern Mexico > … > Los Lobos Canyon > Los Lobos Wall
 228
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Pancho Villa Rides Again Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 165
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 5 pitches
Treasure of the Sierra Madre Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 165
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 7 pitches
Satori Northern Mexico > … > El Toro (The Fr… > Zapatista Wall
 134
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 7 pitches
Snott Girlz Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 172
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Pitch Black Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Conundrums
 118
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 6 pitches
Space Boyz Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > La Selva (Jungle Wall)
 248
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 11 pitches
Mugre Mugre Northern Mexico > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 95
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Sport
Two Pumped Chump Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 151
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
El Sendero Diablo (The Devi… Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 99
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 6 pitches
Pangea Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Las Agujas (The Spires)
 83
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Don Quixote Northern Mexico > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 135
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Yankee Clipper Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > La Selva (Jungle Wall)
 186
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 15 pitches
Time Wave Zero Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Timewave Buttress
 226
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 23 pitches
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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.. Dec 27, 2008
Hank Caylor
Glenwood Springs, CO
Hank Caylor   Glenwood Springs, CO  
I'm on it Anthony. Dec 28, 2008
amps  
here you go! there are some links from people talking about their experience at potrero at this time.... come and enjoy it as always!

youtube.com/turismonuevoleo…
motorcyclemexico.com/2010/1…
thedeal.cleansnipe.com/esca…
blog.visitanuevoleon.travel…

be well Nov 29, 2010
krispyyo
Ventura, CA
krispyyo   Ventura, CA
A great resource for good climbing info for places in Mexico, including lots of other spots besides El Potrero is:
xpmexico.com

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 7, 2010
Royce  
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! Dec 29, 2010
Dmitriy Litvak
Pacifica, CA
Dmitriy Litvak   Pacifica, CA
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. Jan 31, 2011
Thanks Mike for making this area a bit more user friendly!! Sep 1, 2012
MaRey
Salty lake, Utah
MaRey   Salty lake, Utah
Hello administrator here's a link for a website that has a lot of info of climbing areas in the Jalisco area.
Puntomuerto.com.mx/ Sep 7, 2012
Does anybody know about driving across the border if passport and registration will work or is the car title required? Dec 22, 2012
Josh McCoy
Joshua Tree
Josh McCoy   Joshua Tree
Registration works. Title not needed. I just drove in at Laredo three weeks ago without a problem. Jan 25, 2013
Patrick Mcfadden
Portland, OR
Patrick Mcfadden   Portland, OR
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? Jan 29, 2013
oriol
Osséja
oriol   Osséja
The new rock climbing guidebooks of Mexico on this websiterockclimbing-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).
http/:www.rockclimbing-mexico.com rockclimbing-mexico.com Jun 24, 2013
Braulio Barahona
Heidiland
Braulio Barahona   Heidiland
Hi everybody, I just moved to Boulder - I come from Mitla in Oaxaca (South of Mexico). You can find lots of information here: escalando.net/

Though, I think it would be nice to add some of the areas to Mountain Project, there are some crags in Oaxaca that are worth. I volunteer for adding them, let me know if it is possible. Apr 28, 2014
My name is Frank Madden and I've been living in Hidalgo the past several months and am leaving in about a month. My plan is to be back next season again around the November time frame to stay until the job is done. My goal is to finish a brand new guidebook for the Potrero Chico area. This guidebook will include all crags in Potrero as well as Culo de Gato and the Crescent Moon Buttress. Any information that any bolters or climbers has on the route information would be greatly appreciated. As of right now I am taking it upon myself to climb all the routes to collect proper and accurate information. Please contact me if you are bolting new routes and would like to get the information into the latest guidebook! Hopefully between my work this season and next season I will be able to get a guidebook to print. All help is super appreciated. Feb 8, 2015
Amanda Contrada
Brooklyn, NY
Amanda Contrada   Brooklyn, NY
I recently moved to Mexico City and am looking for a good climbing gym... any recs? I've been to BlocE which is decent, but would love any other tips. Aug 22, 2018