Elevation: 6,921 ft
GPS: 24.0465, -103.2275
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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

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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 275
Snott Girlz
Sport 7 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 386
Space Boyz
Sport 11 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 177
Off The Couch
Sport 7 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 295
Pitch Black
Sport 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 297
Two Pumped Chump
Sport 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 214
El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's P…
Sport 6 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 124
Pangea
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 222
Don Quixote
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 97
Tu Felicidad
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 395
Time Wave Zero
Sport 23 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 150
El Balota
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 119
Fear of Flying
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 123
Inglorious Bastards
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 81
Celestial Omnibus
Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 79
Habanero
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Snott Girlz Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 275
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Space Boyz Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > La Selva (Jungle Wall)
 386
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 11 pitches
Off The Couch Nuevo Leon > … > El Toro (The Fr… > Zapatista Wall
 177
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Pitch Black Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Conundrums
 295
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 6 pitches
Two Pumped Chump Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 297
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
El Sendero Diablo (The Devi… Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 214
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 6 pitches
Pangea Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Las Agujas (The Spires)
 124
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Don Quixote Nuevo Leon > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 222
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Tu Felicidad Nuevo Leon > El Salto > Tecolote Cave
 97
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Time Wave Zero Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Timewave Buttress
 395
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 23 pitches
El Balota Nuevo Leon > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 150
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Fear of Flying Nuevo Leon > … > Las Estrellas C… > Club Mex Wall
 119
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Inglorious Bastards Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > TNT Wall
 123
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Celestial Omnibus Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 81
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Habanero Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 79
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 2 pitches
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