Climbing Crags: El Potrero Chico, Mexico
Article by Erin Capra
Photos by Varun Singh and Court Skabelund
Any climber living in New England knows the itch that comes from a winter of being stuck inside. In 2017, driven by the need to thaw out and venture up some real rock, myself and three friends headed down to El Potrero Chico, Mexico with our eyes set on Potrero’s longest multi-pitch climb Time Wave Zero. Before this trip, I had never climbed outside of New England, never climbed a multi-pitch route, and had no idea what I was in for.
Potrero is an incredibly unique climbing destination. It sits an hour north of Monterrey and its season runs from November to March, making it the perfect winter destination. Most days temperatures are 70-80 ༠F and it is easy to chase shade throughout the day. In addition to the fantastic weather, Potrero is known for its multi-pitch bolted sport climbs up beautiful limestone. The cragging is also great, but Potrero’s long lines draw people from all over the world. The variety is endless, from afternoon delight Pitch Black (6 pitch, 10+) to the day long epic struggle fest that is Time Wave Zero (23 pitch, 12a). Beginners and advanced climbers can all find their dream routes in Potrero.