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Introduction to multi-pitch climbing in El Potrero Chico, near Monterrey, Mexico

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Join AMGA-certified guide Mark on an unforgettable trip to Northern Mexico just outside of Monterrey and take a one day introduction to multi-pitch climbing course at El Potrero Chico on world-class limestone routes with breathtaking views of the unique region.


1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec




  • Climb spires and cliffs of limestone for unbridled views of Northern Mexico.
  • Learn valuable techniques and tools from a knowledgeable and certified guide.
  • Climb a variety of pitches in one of the best rock climbing areas in the world.


Make your way to the climbing mecca of El Potrero Chico just outside of Monterrey and spend a day on an introduction to multi-pitch climbing course! This guided program in one of Mexico’s most sought-after climbing regions is sure to improve your rock climbing skill set and show you plenty of unbelievable views along the way!

El Potrero Chico has become the go-to destination for unforgettable single- and multi-pitch climbs in Northern Mexico. Located within two miles of Hidalgo and about an hour drive from Monterrey, the limestone monoliths and cliffs that constitute the area can reach as high as 2,000 feet, making for mouth-watering days of satisfying ascents. Many of the climbs are Grade 5.7 up through 5.12.

Your program is designed around a multi-pitch course to give you both a satisfying experience and practical training on challenging and inspiring slabs. From bolted big wall climbing to moderate multi-pitches, the sharp rock accommodates all types of climbers. This is a particularly great place for single-pitchers looking to transition into longer ascents and progress to new heights in their career. Our day last roughly eight hours, focusing on classic multi-pitch techniques like rappelling, belay set up, movement along big walls, and so much more.

Common routes include Time Wave Zero – with a whopping 23 pitches, Yankee Clipper, and Estrellita. Most of the sport climbing here is accompanied by remarkable views that include the surround spires and cliffs, as well as nearby Hidalgo. The palm trees on top of the limestone adds an added level of aesthetic intrigue. This is definitely considered one of the best places to climb for its stunning scenery, volume of high profile climbs, and wide array of sport climbing levels.

You should have some climbing experience and be prepared for some serious multi-pitch climbs. Climbers should be in good physical shape and have the mental fortitude to match. I will ensure a fun and satisfying day for the entire group and design a program around the needs and abilities of everyone participating.

Climbing can be done year round, though the most comfortable seasons are fall, winter, and spring. Summer can be hot during the day, so early morning and late afternoon programs are the most popular and satisfying.

If you wanted to extend your trip, or had a specific area of instruction or climbing you wanted to experience, please let me know. I would be happy to tailor a trip around your personal climbing circumstances, and we have plenty of options for fulfilling ascents in El Potrero Chico.

Book this incredible introduction to multi-pitch climbing in El Potrero Chico NOW and discover one of the world’s best destinations for extraordinary sport climbing near Monterrey in Northern Mexico!

Price includes

- Guiding fee



Let me know if you need accommodations while staying near El Potrero Chico. I can help arrange your lodgings as well as transportation to and from the airport.

More info

Multi-day programs are available as well. Please contact me for more information. There are other possible programs for larger groups.

Meeting point

We will meet near El Potrero Chico and Hidalgo. I can also help arrange transportation to and from the airport if necessary. Contact me upon booking for further information regarding our meeting location.

About the guide

I am an AMGA-certified rock climbing guide and have been guiding all over the US, from Colorado to Alaska, for 10 years. I currently split my time between Potrero Chico in Mexico and Yosemite National Park.

I am a strong believer in "living the dream" and recently retired from ski patrol to devote all my time to my true passion: climbing. I enjoy climbing both with Yosemite's biggest stars and first time climbers.

Among the achievements I am most proud of are 1-day ascents of El Capitan and Half-Dome in Yosemite. Contact me for an amazing climbing experience in Mexico or the US!



What people are saying about this trip

Mike and Jen


May, 2021

Mark is an amazing guide. He was prompt on arrival to our place early am, had a great, fun, upbeat attitude all day, and was completely safe. He timed our day perfectly and gave great beta for the cruxes



October, 2019

Mark always puts big emphasize on developing and refining my own climbing skills rather than just pulling me up the mountain. He always finds the right balance between safety and speed and never sacrifices the fun part while keeping the seriousness of the undertaking in mind. He is a very skillful guide and fun to have around


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