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Elevation: 6,920 ft 2,109 m
GPS: 24.04649, -103.22748
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Shared By: Mike Morley on Jan 20, 2007 · Updates
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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
 246
Dead Man Walking
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 471
Will the Wolf Survive?
Sport 4 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 341
Aguja Celo Rey
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 334
Pancho Villa Rides Again
Sport 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 366
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Sport 7 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 323
Satori
Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 316
Snott Girlz
Sport 7 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 431
Space Boyz
Sport 11 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 236
Off The Couch
Sport 7 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 360
Pitch Black
Sport 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 356
Two Pumped Chump
Sport 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 250
El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's P…
Sport 6 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 252
Don Quixote
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 369
Yankee Clipper
Sport 15 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 449
Time Wave Zero
Sport 23 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dead Man Walking Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Dihedrals
 246
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Will the Wolf Survive? Nuevo Leon > … > Los Lobos Canyon > Los Lobos Wall
 471
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Aguja Celo Rey Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Las Agujas (The Spires)
 341
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Pancho Villa Rides Again Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 334
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 5 pitches
Treasure of the Sierra Madre Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 366
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 7 pitches
Satori Nuevo Leon > … > El Toro (The Fr… > Zapatista Wall
 323
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 7 pitches
Snott Girlz Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 316
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Space Boyz Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > La Selva (Jungle Wall)
 431
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 11 pitches
Off The Couch Nuevo Leon > … > El Toro (The Fr… > Zapatista Wall
 236
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 7 pitches
Pitch Black Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Conundrums
 360
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 6 pitches
Two Pumped Chump Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Mota Wall
 356
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
El Sendero Diablo (The Devi… Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Outrage Wall
 250
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 6 pitches
Don Quixote Nuevo Leon > … > Virgin Canyon > Lower Virgin
 252
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Yankee Clipper Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > La Selva (Jungle Wall)
 369
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 15 pitches
Time Wave Zero Nuevo Leon > El Potrero Chico > Timewave Buttress
 449
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 23 pitches
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