EL POTRERO CHICO | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 | ALL GENDERS WELCOME
“El que busca encuentra - he who searches, finds.”
Unlike almost any other climbing destination on the continent, El Potrero Chico is truly a playground for climbers. Home of the mini-big-wall sport climb, the limestone walls of Potrero have attracted climbers looking for a warm winter escape for decades. Stacked with miles of climbable stone in one of the most picturesque settings you’ll ever see, Potrero is a dream, and not only for the climbing. Amazing food, vibrant culture, easy access and pure fun are what Potrero’s all about. But don’t get the wrong idea - the climbing is amazing. Where else can you walk twenty minutes to a twenty pitch route with only a rack of quickdraws and still get back in time for a fresh margarita and some of the best tacos on the planet?
Long routes, short routes, easy routes, hard routes - whatever you’re after, Potrero’s got it.
With some of the most fun and accessible stone around, El Potrero Chico is an international destination for climbers of all abilities. It is uniquely popular, however, due to its unmatched concentration of moderate single and multi-pitch sport climbs. Whether you climb 5.4 or 5.14, Potrero has something for you, but for the 5.6 to 5.10 climber it’s truly paradise.
Famous for its technical faces on sculpted grey limestone, the style of climbing is generally more delicate than powerful, and doesn’t demand that climbers be pull-up machines. But don’t worry - if steep is what you’re after there also plenty of caves and tufas as well.
What’s more, most of the approaches are short, and don’t involve any driving at all as we can simply walk into the canyon from our hotel.
Each day we’ll head out in small groups, with two climbers and a guide for multi-pitches, and up to five climbers for single-pitch outings. We’ll make sure everyone gets to climb a mix of single and multi-pitch days, and we’ll ensure you’re paired with climbers that match your ability so you don’t have to worry about being held back or pushed too far.
Like all of our climbing vacations, this trip is a perfect opportunity to come alone or with a friend or partner, and to learn new skills, push your limits, work on your lead or multi-pitch game, or just enjoy the ride.
If you’ve never visited Mexico before, this is a perfect introduction, and if you don’t already love Mexico and Mexican food, you will after this trip. For those who have spent some time down south already, you’ll probably already agree that Mexico is the best. It’s hard to explain exactly, but the combination of a rich cultural history, deep traditions and relaxed, friendly people always keep us coming back.
Either way, we promise you’ll fall in love with La Posada, our home for the week. The property comes complete with gorgeous grounds, breathtaking views, an outdoor pool, a fantastic bar and restaurant, and friendly, bilingual staff.
Your lodging options include private rooms with one or two beds and private bathrooms, as well as super-stylish “glamping” luxury tents complete with electricity, beds, linens and furnishings.
El Potrero Chico is located in the state of Nuevo León, and close to Monterrey, the largest city in northern Mexico. All you’ll need to do is get to Monterrey International Airport, which is modern, busy, and easy to reach. Our team will pick you up there, and you’ll quickly leave the city’s bustle behind with a forty minute drive to La Posada.
El Potrero Chico is located just outside the small town of Hidalgo, and is quiet, gorgeous, and a world away from any security issues that may concern travelers in other parts of the country. The US-Mexico border has also remained open throughout the pandemic, and there are no issues whatsoever with traveling to Mexico at present.
We do, however, ask that all trip participants be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the time the trip begins.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor / Apprentice Rock Guide
In only six short years of climbing, Lizzy has managed to amass an impressive resume. In addition to being the founder and owner of She Moves Mountains, America’s leader in climbing instruction for women, she’s also found time to make the first ascent of the hardest trad route put up by
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor / Apprentice Rock Guide
In only six short years of climbing, Lizzy has managed to amass an impressive resume. In addition to being the founder and owner of She Moves Mountains, America’s leader in climbing instruction for women, she’s also found time to make the first ascent of the hardest trad route put up by a woman in Oregon, a fearsome 5.13. When she’s not climbing cracks or helping others achieve their dreams, she’s likely dreaming of souvlaki.
El Potrero Local / Guía de Escalada / All-Around Badass
A Monterrey native and our local ambassador, Karla is the expert on all things Potrero Chico. In addition to climbing and guiding extensively in Potrero and throughout the region, Karla also donates her time to replacing rusty bolts and hardware, and being a member of the local search and rescue team.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor / Professional Rock Climber
Maiza grew up in the Brazilian Amazon before coming to the US as a teenager, and since finding climbing she’s charged quickly through the grades and onto the cover of Climbing magazine. When she’s not busy crushing routes, she’s often hard at work developing new ones near her home in Montana.
IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide / AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Chris has climbed, guided, skied and eaten his way across the globe. Winner of the 2020 Piolet d’Or for the first ascent of 7041m Link Sar in Pakistan, he is always hunting for the perfect rock climbing vacation to provide sun and fun to offset cold nights in snowy mountains. His hardes
IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide / AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Chris has climbed, guided, skied and eaten his way across the globe. Winner of the 2020 Piolet d’Or for the first ascent of 7041m Link Sar in Pakistan, he is always hunting for the perfect rock climbing vacation to provide sun and fun to offset cold nights in snowy mountains. His hardest send in Leonidio so far is 7c+ (5.13a), but he’s just as excited about getting back to the spanakopita at the bakery as he is about finding the perfect 8a. Learn more about Chris at his website.
You get yourself to Monterrey and our team will meet you there. A short drive will get you to La Posada, located at the mouth of the Potrero canyon and walking distance to all of the climbing, as well as the lovely little town of Hidalgo. You’ll be on your own to settle in, meet your guides and the rest of the group as they arrive, enjoy the scenery, have some dinner, and get some sleep.
We’ll start the day with breakfast at La Posada before we head for a short walk into the canyon to climb. We’ll begin by tuning up (or introducing) some skills for multi-pitch climbing, and will spend the rest of the day on the rock before enjoying a special parrillada, or local barbecue, for dinner.
We’ll start the day right with another breakfast before we head out to climb. We’ll split into small groups, with some teams heading to single-pitch climbs and some to enjoy multi-pitch adventures. Depending on our timing, we may also be able to visit the colorful Tuesday market in Hidalgo. No matter what the day holds, we’re sure you’re going to be ready for another cerveza and a delicious dinner.
Climbing for five days in a row can be pretty harsh, so like it or not, you’re probably going to need a day off. Don’t worry though - guides will be ready if you want to keep climbing (don’t say we didn’t warn you), and our very own Katie Paulson will be offering outdoor yoga classes to help you stretch out and recover. Massage services are also available, and there are tons of opportunities to explore town, hike one of the nearby peaks, or just take some downtime by the pool. We’re also going to give you the night off with no group dinner just so you don’t get tired of us.
Feeling refreshed from a day off, we’ll once again head out to climb. For folks interested in working on their skills, you’ll have all the time you need to learn and practice with our IFMGA and AMGA trained and certified guides.
We’ll once again start with breakfast, and this will be our last climbing day of the trip. We’ll have another opportunity to visit the market in Hidalgo, and since it will also be our last night at La Posada, we’ll make it a special one with a celebratory farewell dinner of another grand parrillada Norteña.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and you’ll have to go home. We’ll get you to the airport in Monterrey, and from there you’ll be on your way.
Retreat dates: January 16th - 22nd, 2022
January 30th - February 5th, 2022
WE REQUIRE THAT ALL OF OUR PARTICIPANTS BE FULLY VACCINATED BY THE START DATE OF THE RETREAT.
Cost: $2,795.00 to $3,195.00 depending on room selection
*All of our rooms (with the exception of the glamping tents) come equipped with private bathrooms, and in a variety of configurations. Some have one double bed suitable for one or two people, while others have bunks, twins or some combination thereof. The Casita has one room with two double beds and its own kitchen, common area and bathroom. Glamping tents have either one or two beds (and are very cool), but use a shared bathroom. Specific configurations and the ability to accommodate groups of three may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To inquire about rooms or specific booking needs, please contact us for more information.
The majority of climbers come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 26 to 45. But we have had quite a few climbers in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
You do not need to be an experienced climber to attend but we recommend some climbing experience before signing up for 5 full days of climbing. We will have 6 instructors at the retreat so that we can accommodate a wide range of abilities. In fact, teaching people the basics of rock climbing is what we do best. The entire ethos of She Moves Mountains guiding is to remember what it felt like to try climbing for the first time. It's intimidating, but we will be with you ever step of the way.
Yes, we have payment plans available. To reserve a spot we require a 50% deposit. Apply the discount code "retreatdeposit" at checkout to take advantage of this option. Full payment will be required October 15th. 10% of the total cost of the trip is non-refundable.
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat. We HIGHLY recommend purchasing trip protection as we will not modify our cancellation policy under any circumstances.