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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
 152
Dead Man Walking
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 233
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 223
Snott Girlz
Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 197
Pitch Black
Sport 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 321
Space Boyz
Sport 11 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 124
Off The Couch
Sport 7 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 229
Two Pumped Chump
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 105
Gringo Disco
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 152
El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's P…
Sport 6 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 107
Pangea
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 179
Don Quixote
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 308
Time Wave Zero
Sport 23 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 105
El Balota
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 83
Fear of Flying
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 77
Inglorious Bastards
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dead Man Walking Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Dihedrals
 152
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Treasure of the Sierra Madre Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 233
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 7 pitches
Snott Girlz Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 223
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Pitch Black Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Conundrums
 197
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 6 pitches
Space Boyz Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > La Selva (Jungle Wall)
 321
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 11 pitches
Off The Couch Northern Mexico > … > El Toro (The Fr… > Zapatista Wall
 124
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Two Pumped Chump Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 229
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Gringo Disco Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Central Scrutinizer
 105
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
El Sendero Diablo (The Devi… Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 152
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 6 pitches
Pangea Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Las Agujas (The Spires)
 107
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Don Quixote Northern Mexico > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 179
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Time Wave Zero Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > Timewave Buttress
 308
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 23 pitches
El Balota Northern Mexico > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 105
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Fear of Flying Northern Mexico > … > Las Estrellas C… > Club Mex Wall
 83
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Inglorious Bastards Northern Mexico > … > El Potrero Chico > TNT Wall
 77
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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