Christmas Day in Monterrey
Rancho Cerro Gordo - a campground with services.
Our accomodations at Rancho Cerro Gordo.
A special Christmas dinner by the staff at Rancho Cerro Gordo
Another popular climber's campground (Hector's)
The entrance to the canyon.
Warming up on an easy route.
Easy (5.9) climbing on the first day to get used to limestone.
Traffic on "Moto Wall", one of the most crowded walls at Potrero Chico.
Last pitch of the Higher Spire, Dec. 2000.
Climbing the Higher Spire, March, 2002. (March is far preferable to December!)
Note climbers on the wall on the right.
The famed "Space Boyz" route can be seen as a cleared line in the middle of this, one of the major features at Potrero Chico.
Bottom of "Space Boyz". There are climbers at the top of pitch 2.
Getting started on "Space Boyz"
Beginning a typical pitch on "Space Boyz"
An early pitch on "Spaceboyz"
A climber on a nearby route.
Sharing the route with a Mexican team.
This pair was from Gudalajara. Nice guys.
A hanging belay stance on Space Boyz.
Lynn following on "Space Boyz"
Climbers descending "Black Cat Bone", which we climbed later. The pueblo of Hidalgo in the background.
I think this was the "Yankee Clipper" route. But, maybe not . . .
This is not the driver.
Miller time at the Rancho.
Exploring Hidalgo, the closest town to Potrero Chico
La Plaza, Hidalgo. A very pleasant village.
Street scene, Hidalgo
The approach road to the canyon.
Looking back towards Hidalgo from a climb.
A great climb goes from palm tree to palm tree for several pitches (shown is a small part)
Looking west into the Potrero Chico itself (means "little corral" - the valley is closed at the upper end.)
We took a break from climbing for a hike out to the east of Hidalgo at Docdelos Portellitos
A hilltop at Docdelos Portellitos. The birds seem to visit it more than humans.
Trying "Diablo's Path". We put it off for the future.
The Outrage wall. Most of the routes here were beyond our abilities.
At Hector's campsite.
Our group chilling out in the evening, Pagoda campsite. (2002)
Our host at the Pagoda camp makes a cactus stew.
We moved camp on this trip to a private residence, where we cooked inside, slept outside.
Jason following a pitch.
"Estrellitos" route with Bill
Summit, "Estrellitos" route. Hidalgo is behind the climbers.
"Supernova" route with Jason.
Another typical route.
Not a sport for professional hand models.
Evening at the Potrero. An awesome place to visit and climb. Highly recommended.