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Guided Climbing El Potrero Chico Mexico
With hundreds of bolted rock climbs and mild temperatures it is no wonder that climbers flock to El Potrero Chico (little corral in English) every winter. The limestone cliffs of El Potrero vary from easier single pitch routes well suited to beginners to sport climbing big walls that are thousands of feet in height providing a challenge to even the most seasoned climber. After your guides pick you up from the airport you will be taken to our private casita which will serve as the base camp for our next week of climbing. In addition to enjoying the warmth and beautiful rock climbing, participants will also have the opportunity to learn rock climbing skills such as sport climbing and multi-pitch climbing. These trips are led at a low 2:1 ratio by our in house guides so you have the opportunity to meet or talk to them before hand and know who you will be climbing with. Once you are there you will have lots of time for individualized instruction as well. For more details check out the itinerary below.
Located outside the city of Monterrey in Hidalgo, Mexico this all inclusive trip allows you to enjoy the culture and climbing with out worrying about anything else once you arrive so you can focus on improving your rock climbing skills every day as we ascend the sweeping faces, crags, and spires. With the climbing just a few steps from your accommodations there is no better way to climb.
Previous climbing experience and fitness is necessary. Climbers should be confident on rock climbs 5.8 and harder.
Climbers should be able to put on their own harness without instruction and be comfortable toprope belaying. Previous lead climbing (indoors or outdoors) is helpful but not required.
Guide fees, including support staff.
Ground transportation while in Mexico including to and from the airport.
Food and lodging (shared accommodations) from the evening of arrival to the morning of departure.
Group climbing equipment (shoes, harnesses, helmets, ropes, etc.)
All climbing equipment is provided but you can bring your own if you desire.
Enjoy the culture of Mexico while rock climbing on warm sunny limestone.
What is Included
Airfare and baggage costs to and from Monterrey, Mexico.
Individual travel costs (hotels, rental vehicles, parking fees, etc.) before arriving and after leaving Monterrey.
Personal clothing, toiletries, and other personal items such as drinks and snacks during the day.
Travel/Trip Insurance (recommended)
Guide and staff gratuities
What you Must Provide
Day 1-This is a travel day. Plan on arriving in Monterrey before 5pm local time. From here you will be transported to our shared accomodations in El Potrero where everyone can have nice authentic Mexican dinner and drinks while we make introductions and go over the next weeks itinerary. Day 2-After a nice breakfast this day will be devoted to getting used to the rock and getting to know each other in a single pitch environment. Climbers will spend the day going over basic skills and practice any skills that may need extra attention. After this we will finish the evening with a nice dinner and talk about the next day. Day 3-Today will be another casual single pitch day where climbers can enjoy the scenery and some fabulous limestone climbing. During this day we will also make sure climbers are comfortable with basic single pitch skills such as lead belaying, rappelling, and cleaning anchors. Over dinner we will discuss the objectives for the next day. Day 4-We may split the group up based on group members goals and desires with some continuing to enjoy single pitch cragging and some heading off to climb some of the bigger routes in the canyon.
Day 5-Today will be similar to the previous day with time spent over breakfast deciding on goals for the day. Climbers will have the opportunity to lead single pitch routes or bigger multi-pitch routes under the supervision of our guides. Optional Rest Day-for those who can't climb for a week straight or in case of a rainy day sometime during the week we can also relax in the hot springs that are just an hours drive or enjoy some of the nearby hiking as well.
Day 6-As this is one of the final days of climbing we will spend time at the beginning of the day making sure that climbers are confident with the skills they have learned and that everyone has accomplished their goals for the trip. From there we will head into the canyon to work on any skills or goals that have not been covered or to just climb and relax.
Day 7-This is the last day for everyone to climb so we will spend the day together doing some single pitch sport climbing as a whole group working on climbing technique and encouraging other climbers. The evening will be an opportunity to enjoy a final Mexican dinner and the company of new climbing friends.
Day 8-This is a travel day. Please arrange a flight departure for the afternoon. That morning over breakfast we will have a final debriefing of the entire climbing experience and say our goodbyes. Travel to the airport afterward is provided.
Registration and payment must be received 90 days before the start date. This includes receipt of all forms, waivers, and travel documents.
Cancellations within 30 days of the start date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 15 days of the start date will not be refunded. If you need to cancel 30 days or longer before the start date you will receive a full refund less a $50 fee. We highly recommend trip/travel insurance to cover the costs associated with cancellation should you need to cancel your reservation for an unforseen event.
Participants will receive a receipt of their registration and payment.
This is a great opportunity to learn many climbing skills at a discounted price or to just enjoy some relaxing climbing in sunny Mexico. This can also be booked at our custom guided rates on a limited basis from November through March. A full gear and travel packet will be sent upon receipt of deposit.
Registration and Cancellation
November 18th-25th December 1st-8th January 19th-26th February 16th-23rd March 17th-24th
To book your trip send us an e-mail at info@coclimbing or call 719-209-6649
If you do not see a date that works for you we also offer this at our custom rates at your convenience. Previous clients receive a 10% discount on this class.
*Price based on a minimum of two participants. In the event fewer than two participants sign up the cost is $1995. Price is also based on shared accommodations. For private accommodations please contact us.