Potrero Chico Climbing Featured At Mountaineers Meeting

The limestone walls at El Potrero Chico, Nuevo León, Mexico. Photo by Phil Martin

By BILL PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos Mountaineers

The July Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting continues in its electronic format, consistent with the needs of this special time. It will be held at the regular time of 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

As usual, the Mountaineers meeting is held in collaboration with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This month, Phil Martin will speak on a climbing expedition to Potrero Chico.

Some call it a sport climbing paradise, others think it’s just a particularly beautiful pile of loose mud. Either way, El Potrero Chico’s sheer limestone walls and spires, rising thousands of feet above northern Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert, have been getting bolted for climbing for decades.

This January, Martin and a few friends made their way down to Nuevo Leon to experience for themselves this fabled land of inspiring climbs and questionable rock quality. They had a lot go wrong (rockfalls, gear failures, late-night rappels), but even more go right (summits, tacos, friendly street dogs, late-night margaritas). In this presentation, Martin will share some stories from his two weeks in El Potrero Chico.

The Mountaineers’ monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, usually in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), but electronically for the duration.

Anyone can register for the talk at https://peecla.z2systems.com/np/clients/peecla/eventRegistration.jsp?event=35992.

Registrants will get an automatic email with the link and password to the Zoom call. We also will send out an email to everyone who is registered about an hour before the talk starts (so 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28) in case the original email got lost or buried.

PEEC and the Mountaineers welcome the public to join them.

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