Top three reasons to go rock climbing in El Potrero Chico
One of the world’s largest selections of multi-pitch sport climbs
Climb to your heart’s content in a cozy family-owned campground
Experience the very best of Mexico’s legendary limestone
Just north of Monterrey in the Chihuahuan Desert stands El Potrero Chico—The Little Paddock—a craggy limestone outcrop whose 2000-foot cliffs scream of false advertisement—but there is nothing small about Mexico’s rock climbing haven. Multi-pitch is the name of the game here, with hundreds of routes spanning from 5.7 to 5.13a and one of the world’s largest selections of moderate climbs. This 5-day climbing camp in a beautiful secluded campground is the perfect opportunity to try out El Potrero Chico’s first-class crags and experience the warmth of Mexico’s tight-knit climbing community. You can learn more about EPC’s first-class climbs from Cody Bradford, AMGA Certified Rock Guide and 57hours Ambassador.
November (15th-19th 2021)
Monterrey, Mexico is an hour away
Intermediate to advanced
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5-day Multi-Pitch Climbing Camp
Over the course of five days, you will experience the best multi-pitch climbing on El Potrero Chico’s staggering limestone towers! During your days of climbing you can expect one-on-one instructions and technical gear clinics that will make you feel comfortable climbing curated multi-pitch routes on Potrero’s legendary cliffs. You’ll walk away not only a better sport climber but also gain skills to become a competent multi-pitch sport climber.
Meet your guides
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Owner, Founder and Head of Operations at Space Below Your Feet
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I don’t think I even have enough words to express my appreciation and love for Savannah and all the guides with Space Below Your Feet. I went from never climbing outside before to feeling so comfortable and excited to try various routes and I’m afraid I’ll never be able to quit now. Savannah had the whole trip planned out perfectly to every last detail, including scheduling our covid testing and guiding us with the new international travel procedures. Savannah and Gen felt like old friends, so encouraging and helpful, I never felt intimidated or excluded when I was the newest and least strong of the group. It was just the best trip and experience. I am already planning to book as many more guiding trips as possible with them this year. If you want a great guide and amazing experience you have to contact Savannah.
This trip to Mexico was my second trip with Space Below Your Feet. The guides are not only very knowledgeable and professional, they also feel like they’ve been your friends for years! I felt safe, comfortable, and STOKED with all of them; the group dynamic is amazing. They work with every experience level and listen to what you’d like to learn; it’s like having a personal coach for 5 days straight! I can’t recommend this group of ladies enough. I can’t wait for future trips!
Things to know
Covid measures in El Potrero Chico, Mexico
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in El Potrero Chico, please refer to the U.S. Embassy’s Covid 19 Information website for Nuevo Leon.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 3-4 half-day multi-pitch (2-3 pitches per route) climbing sessions with AMGA single-pitch Instructors
- One full-day of multi-pitch climbing (10-12 pitches)
- 1-2 single-pitch climbing sessions
- Technical skills workshops
- 1:1 instructor opportunities
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, and campfire snacks (Meal Plan provided prior to arrival for your selection)
- 5 nights accommodation at Rancho El Sendero
- Fully planned itinerary
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Flight to Monterrey
- Transport to and from airport
- Travel insurance
How fit do I need to be?
This trip requires a higher level of fitness than most climbing trips! Expect to climb between 6-12 pitches a day. While a lot of these pitches should be in an easier grade range, the constant movement for many days straight can take a toll on your body. You will also need to be fit enough to walk about two miles every day. We recommend finding a basic conditioning plan to start two months prior to the trip or earlier. For climbing, you need to be able to comfortably climb at least 3-4 pitches in the 5.9-5.10 range in a day with minimal falls. Feel free to send a message to the guides of this trip for more details or further recommendations on a fitness plan and requirements!
What if I’ve never climbed before?
You need to have experience having climbed on a rope before. We highly recommend some experience climbing on real rock outdoors but as long as you can confidently toprope climb 5.9 to lower 5.10’s in the gym you’re good to go! You also need to feel okay with heights and exposure because this trip entails much of this. Technical skills that are required are lead belaying with a GriGri. Some experience rappelling is helpful but not necessary.
What about required equipment?
All group technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. This includes items such as ropes, quickdraws, anchors, etc. You must bring your own personal gear. You’ll need:
- Belay devices (ATC & GriGri)
- PAS (Personal Anchor System w/Locking Carbiner)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans. To make sure you have everything you need your guide will send you a full packing list prior to the trip.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- This course is not private. For the group course, the maximum guest to guide ratio is 6:1.
- It takes a minimum of 2 participants for this camp to operate.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Climbing days in El Potrero Chico can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Rancho El Sendero is just an hour away from the city of Monterrey. Flights from the U.S. will have you there in as little as a half day. You can take a taxi from the airport to El Potrero Chico.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the climbing ability of the group.