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Culo de Gato is a cliff located about a half-hour's drive from Potrero Chico and is home to a sizable cave and routes that are a bit steeper than most of the Potrero fair. Climbs tend toward the more difficult side of the grade spectrum.

There is however a handful of easier routes as well, and supposedly the multipitch "Crescent Moon Buttress" is quite good. There are also some futuristic looking projects that travel up the headwall above the center of the cave. All in all it's worth a trip if you're bored at the Potrero, especially if you need some shade in the winter.

Getting There

Drive out of Hidalgo and turn north on 53 (away from Monterrey). After about ten minutes on this road, you'll see the town of Mina off to the left, including a sign and a turn for the town. Continue past this turn, and once past the town itself look for an obvious PEMEX station on the left. Take a sharp lefthand turn just before this gas station and follow this road straight west for awhile (the cliffs are obvious off to the NW). This road starts out paved, then turns to a well-graded gravel road. It descends into an arroyo, back out, past a chicken farm on the left and a railroad crossing. Shortly afterwards, turn right (back north) and a mile or so later keep your eyes peeled for a cairn on the left which marks a double-track road that leads up to the base of the Culo. If you park at this turn, the hike is roughly 25 minutes. If you drive all the way in (moderate clearance required), the hike is a steep 15 minutes. The trail deposits you at the righthand edge of the cave and the route "Los Cuervos."

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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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This review does not do the place justice. If the Culo del Gato (officially Las Ventanas de Mina) were in the USA it would be a major destination with 500 routes--here it's just a little 8-pitch bump on the landscape.
Crescent Moon Buttress is a great climb, not just supposedly. It's prolly the best climb you'll ever do on mediocre rock--after the first pitch it's either really loose or really sharp. But it's a lot of fun with unusual rock formations, a tyrolean traverse and a pendulum.
This place is definitely worth checking out--not just if you're bored at the Potrero. In fact, if you're bored at the Potrero there is something seriously wrong with you and you might as well quit climbing. Mar 28, 2011
Jordan Vaughn
Jordan Vaughn   Denver
Anyone know anything about the cave? Nov 17, 2017
Idaho Bob
McCall, ID
Idaho Bob   McCall, ID
Crescent Moon Buttress is outstanding, but the 5.10a pitch is sandbagged, 5.10c/d, but it's short, just 3 bolts. Apr 27, 2018
Response to the cave question - Dion Alaniz and I bolted ground up in 1993 shortly after we completed the 4th pitch of Jungle Mountaineering, all fixed gear is stainless steel. This location is magical and full of stunning formations

We named the route ‘Redemption’ but it was not published until Frank’s book.

Note the weather as flash flooding can trap you on the wrong side of the creek bed

Cave is named ‘Culo De Perro’
‘Redemption’ is the 1str route on the left edge of the cave

The latest PTC book from Fran Madden includes a reference to the cave route in Mina. I will warn you the approach is 5th class near the cave but well worth the trip.

P1 5.9 short pitch on fun exfoliated slab in the cave
P2 5.12+ amazing features include 2 smaller hands free cave rests

Twin Metolius wrap hangers

The cave route has 2 pitches that can be easily linked with a single 70 meter and the 2nd can get the benefit of a TR. Falls are clean but given it remote location rarely visited. Sep 7, 2018