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Terry and Vikki, together with Everett and Lucille from Canmore (Canada) met up to climb in El Potrero Chico near Monterrey in Mexico at the end of November, a time when the weather is particularly amenable to rock climbing around there.

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Terry and Everett take trip to the desert, not far from Hidalgo, the base town for El Potrereo Chico.

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El Potrero Chico, the entrance to the canyon.

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Lucille leads it out on ‘Flamingo Wall’ 5.8, Virgin Canyon

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Terry on top pitch ‘Spire’, 5.9, more Dolomite crack climbing with a few kicks in the teeth. Back drop from the Spire, looking at the 2200ft walls and ridges on the opposite side canyon.

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Spartan surroundings at Checo’s but at about £3 for the meal, wine and all the beer I could drink who cares? Did I hear Ian rushing out to buy his ticket?

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Vikki lowers off ‘El Cacharro’ one of the only three 5.7s in the Canyon, Los Lobos Wall.

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The impressive ‘Outrage Wall’ – Didn’t climb on this! All 5.12+ Climbers on ‘Space Boyz’, on Jungle Wall, big wall climbing at 1000ft 5.10d

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Everett on ‘Popsicle Kings’, 5.10b, Surf Board Wall

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Terry on ‘A Gringo Ate My Baby’, 5.9-, Cat Wall

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Texan climber, Dane Bass, activist of El Potrero Chico and Guidebook writer, and his Dog, ‘Doof’

Dane has put up hundreds of routes in the gorge, many at the top grades. But, more importantly, Dane has put up many easier routes in a gorge that contained little bellow 5.11 until 2000.

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