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Heading To El Potrero Chico? Read This First

Author: Lindsey Kunz

December 13, 2017

Planning a mid-winter getaway to somewhere warm? El Potrero Chico might just be perfect—but here are some things you should know before you pack your bags.

When to go

December and January are prime time—read: the busiest months—mostly due to the holidays and moderate temps (highs in the 70s and lows in the mid 40s). But really almost any month is fine for climbing, so long as you find the shady crags in the hottest months and realize that not all accommodation options will be open or busy with other climbers year-round. If you’re looking for a slightly calmer time, but not too quiet so you can still meet other climbers, with cooler temps and guaranteed dry climbing days, try to November, February or March.

Where to stay

There are many affordable options to stay just outside El Potrero’s park. However, unless you get a group of friends together to rent a house, La Posada [LINK:] is the best place, in my opinion, to stay as a climber if you want peace of mind and amenities at a reasonable price for casitas, rooms, or camping. Here’s why I say this:

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What to pack (the basics)

Here’s a few clutch items to bring with you from home:

What (and where) to eat

There’s only about a half a dozen eateries near the climbing and accommodations at El Potrero Chico.  Set yourself up for sending success by getting your nutrition in order.

Drink the water…seriously

The saying, “Don’t drink the water” has been etched in my brain since my first trip to Mexico as a kid. But the small community just outside of El Potrero Chico is an exception. It took us asking several locals and climbers alike to believe it, but the water at El Potrero Chico is totally drinkable out of the tap. A mountain spring comes out just uphill of El Potrero Chico, offering fresh drinking water to those nearby.

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Find the sunny/shady crags for your level

There are great routes in almost any area, but some are better for hotter days, some for cooler.

Our favorite crags in the shade:

Lindsey Kunz

Lindsey Kunz lives by the “work hard, play hard” motto. The key to her happiness is making every day an adventure: whether it’s playing the role of business consultant, managing a difficult merger; or playing the role of rock climber, managing to pull the next crux move three pitches up one of Thailand’s overhanging limestone karsts. Keeping up with her husband, Ben Kunz, is also a daily challenge, but one that keeps her motivated. This motto has enabled the duo to travel around the world for more than a year, twice.

Lindsey’s main hobbies include rock climbing, mountaineering, volunteering, and of course, eating. Growing up in Jackson Hole, WY, seeded her passion in these areas and in other snow sports, but these passions didn’t really develop until she moved to Seattle, WA, where she has lived for the past 12 years. Lindsey has been able to explore her passions in a growing list of over 25 countries across 5 of the world’s 7 continents. Among her favorites are Peru, Argentina, Nepal, Thailand, Australia, and the U.S. They say there are two kinds of climbers: those or eat to climb and those who climb to eat. Lindsey is still trying to figure out which kind of person she is. Follow Lindsey’s adventures: