El Potrero Chico

El Potrero Chico attracts climbers from around the world, and if you ever have the chance to see its massive cliffs in person, you’ll understand why. Boasting over 500 routes, it is also home to the second longest sport route in North America, Time Wave Zero. But even if you don’t have what it takes to get through 20+ pitches in a day, there’s more than enough to keep any sport climber entertained. I was fortunate enough to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s there, and feel like I returned with more climbs added to my to do list than to my tick list. Guess that just means I’ll have to go back again.

2 thoughts on “El Potrero Chico

  1. Jen Smith April 23, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    What were your temps like at that time of year? Crowds?

    • Natasha Moreland April 26, 2016 at 2:23 am

      It was quite warm our first day there (Christmas), I want to say above 80! That evening though, a front moved in and temps stayed closer to 60 during the day and regularly overcast. It would be really pleasant in the sun, but if you were in the shade or high on the wall when the wind picked up you were grateful to have a light jacket. After dark it got a bit chillier, but I’d guess the coldest night we had was probably 40 and that was with it raining.

      Crowds…it got very crowded, very fast day after Christmas. There are so many climbs in the area that you can always find something to climb, but if you wanted to be first on some of the more popular routes you’d have to get up pretty early. More of an issue was the camping. Everyone is pretty friendly for the most part and if you really thrive in big groups and have never met a stranger in your life, then it will be the best time of your life. I, personally, get a little overwhelmed in large crowds and would like to go back maybe the week before Christmas or after New Years, as the time in-between is the busiest week of the year.

      Sorry about the novel! If you’d like more details about accommodations and whatnot, feel free to email me 🙂 natasha@doitforthejourney.com

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