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rangerdan


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Safe to travel to el potrero chico by road from U.S?  (North_America: Mexico: Nuevo_Le_n)
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I've heard lots of scary stories about travel from the U.S. border recently. Travel advisory for Nuevo Leon and Monterrey in particular. Does anyone have any updates, news, advice, etc...?


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I've driven back and forth to Laredo and McAllen several times in the past two years without incident. Plenty of other climbers have also arrived here safely. If you travel be day and stay on the toll roads you should be OK.


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Climbing in Mexico is safe. You shouldn´t be scared. The problem is just between Narcos, civilians are apart from that. Potrero Chico and evrywhere in the country is safe to climb. The only thik is that you shouyld be maybe carefull if you drive at night in some places but apart from that we climb all around the country with no problem at all. TV and news scare too much really
The new guyidebooks of Mexico
http://www.rockclimbing-mexico.com


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skelldify


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If you're going somewhere and someone tells you "not to drive at night", and "stay on these roads," does that tell you anything about how safe it is?

I love the Potrero, and I would never want to hurt their tourism. This is just more of a "food for thought"-type question.


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uric


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well. when I say dont drive at night its an advice but it doesnt mean some terrible thing will happen to you.its just an advice, like if you go to Guatemala or Colombia or any othe rcountry with some conflicts. I travell all around Mexico for climbing at any time and I feel dsafe. Everyone has hi ssafety boundery. I travel with my wife and daughter to Potero and clim there no proble. There are many other excellent areas as well, is not jhust all about Potrero. in fact I prefer many other places than Pottero.


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Potero is nice for face climbing but if you like overhangs there ar emany other places in Mexico hips better with spectacular lines. Grt the books and you will see.je


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skelldify wrote:
If you're going somewhere and someone tells you "not to drive at night", and "stay on these roads," does that tell you anything about how safe it is?

I love the Potrero, and I would never want to hurt their tourism. This is just more of a "food for thought"-type question.

Since I first drove to Mexico City from El Paso in 1978 I was given the same advice...


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skelldify wrote:
If you're going somewhere and someone tells you "not to drive at night", and "stay on these roads," does that tell you anything about how safe it is?

I love the Potrero, and I would never want to hurt their tourism. This is just more of a "food for thought"-type question.

That's valid advice anywhere along the border, and arguably throughout Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Its not just the threat of crime - "unmarked obstacles" aren't uncommon, and driving an unlit road at any speed is an invitation for a life-changing car accident. So staying on the toll roads and driving during daylight hours as much as possible is prudent advice.


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