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el potrero

Post by absolutsugarsmurf » Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:11 pm

Anyone been to el potrero chico in the winter / ever?

I'm thinking of heading there in early Jan and would appreciate any beta on travel, lodging, climbing, whatever you think I should know. Since knowing is half the battle.

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Post by pawilkes » Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:43 pm

I'm heading down w/ a friend somewhere around Jan 2-4. a bunch of people from Madison are going to be down there. we are thinking of taking a bus from Lex to Laredo and then another bus across the border. busing into Mexico is alot cheap than flying into Monterrey b/c of the airport tax. i don't know where we're staying yet, haven't dealt with that yet but theres a place to camp down there w/ a cooking shelter that some friends of mine stayed at in the past. some of the websites for potrero have good beta on camping and stuff
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Post by climbboy » Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:57 pm

If you fly into the airport Luis will come pick you up for free.


Most of the accomodations, if you don't camp, are basically cinderblock buildings with no heat. They are perfectly comfortable: bed, bathroom. The camping was about 5 bucks a night. We chose to go plush style and get a room it was between 18 and twentyfive dollars a night (between two, it wasn't bad). It was pretty cold, so we were psyched to have room.

Still, I was glad to have brought both my down jacket and my down sleeping bag. We took a down jacket with us when we climbed spaceboyz for the belayer as we swung leads and we were happy to have it. Two days later we were climbing in T-shirts and avoiding the sun on the crags.

The shared Climbers are sort of like miguels except there are about 5 or 6 double propane stoves already there and they are indoors. I might bring my own eating utensils and my own sponge or other scrubby supplies. The sponge situation is kind of gross for cleaning.

This is where we stayed:

http://www.elpotrerochico.com.mx/

Perhaps not as hip and "on the scene" as Homero's and perhaps not the cheapest, but Luis runs a tight ship and is super friendly.

We had a blast there. If you get a chance and can figure out how to get there, there are some hot springs about an hour away that are sort of surreal (they are natural springs, but the facility is a pay facility and totally modern . . .absurdly so, but worth the trip) Great rest day adventure.

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Post by jpexpress » Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:45 am

a good time in el porterro is mid july cheap cheap rates
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Post by pawilkes » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:04 am

umm...isn't it really HOT in mid-july in el potrero?
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Post by Gaar » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:50 am

Amy, and I, Possibly more are heading there in Jan
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Post by audball » Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:32 pm

if any of y'all are going to be there--let me know. i live in san antonio, which is about a 5 hour drive. there are going to be a lot of climbers there for new years.
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Post by jpexpress » Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:55 pm

july is toasty. you know i really like toast, french toast is really good
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Post by ThomClimber » Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:36 am

Try contacting Milton-
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We were there three years ago and he helped us out a lot (picked us up at the airport, translated etc.) We had rented a house *inside* the park for about $30 a night right at the end of the season.

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Post by Wes » Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:17 am

I went about six or seven years ago, when Kurt and Elaina had the campground. Good times for sure! We flew into Monneray, and caught a cab to the campground pretty easy.

Key Beta:
Helmet is a must, even when, and maybe esp. belaying. Lots of loose rock. Be aware if there is a long route above you, as a couple (snot boyz?) head right over a couple of the single pitch lines.

Windbreaker.

Tri cams help with some of the runouts on some of the older routes.

70 meter rope is nice, as a couple of the single pitch lines are more then 30 meters.

It got cold at night, so down jackets and warm sleeping bags are a good idea. But, it usually warmed to t-shirt weather by mid morning.

You can buy beer on the way into and/or out of the park. And, be ready for third shift workers to be partying after work in the AM. We got to climb to local music a couple times.

There are really cool markets in town a couple days a week. Easy to buy plenty of food for pretty cheap. There is also a cool store, with photos of climbers from all over on the walls.

If you get a chance, the Mexican version of the wwf has matches in town sometimes. Highly recommended, esp. with a good buzz going.

The climbing is good, the grades maybe a little bit soft for some. There are some killer bolted cracks (dead man walking is a must do). Otherwise, pretty well bolted.

The people in town are all super friendly and welcoming of climbers.

I have heard it is a pain to try to drive in and out, so for a shorter trip, I would really try to fly in, bus a second choice.
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Post by ynp1 » Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:03 am

its not bad to drive down there. just make sure you have all the papers for your car. it takes about 21 hours from lexington. we stayed at the pasada for $5 a night. they have good bathrooms and showers and they have a Climbers with everything you need in it. dont worry about bring your own pots and shit like that. it did get cold almost every night, but it was great during the day. sometimes it was to hot and you just climbed in the shade. the climbing is alittle run out, but the harder parts of the climb always had a bolt at your waist. i thought it was pretty safe climbing. but a helmet is a must!

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Post by merrick » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:06 pm

10 minute flat approach to 10-15 pitch 5.10 sport climbs. cheap beer and food. camping was $4 at homeros which was always a ton of fun. massive international scene with climbers from everywhere. close to el salto which has spectacular harder tufa climbing.

it is like the club med for dirtbag climbers.

do it, it is worth it.

make sure to get a run up snot girlz and space boys. both of those were awesome. just wear a helmet, don´t climb under other people, and ¨climb without pullling.¨

and if you want to tick 12a this is the place to do it, but you might not feel to proud about it afterwords....
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