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Hey guys, I'll be there for a few weeks in January-ish (hopefully) and have a few questions:

1) How much does it cost to get from the Monterrey airport to Potrero Chico? And is that for the car or per person? (I assume its for the car but you never can tell...)

2) How much will food cost per day? I'm just trying to figure out a budget here.

3) Camping is $4/night, yeah?

4) How cold will it really be in January? Is it climbable in the shade?

5) Do I really need a 70m rope?

6) So yeah, the Potrero Chico page here on RC.com says you can live comfortably on $70/week. Is this accurate?

7) Favorite routes?

8) I've read that you buy the guidebook when you get there. Is this still the case? How much is it?

Thanks in advance!

-Tristan


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try this website. ELPOTREROCHICO.com. it's very informative. have fun.


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6) So yeah, the Potrero Chico page here on RC.com says you can live comfortably on $70/week. Is this accurate?
That sounds about right. Go to that website and look around. You muct do snott girls...its a classic!


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Hey guys, I'll be there for a few weeks in January-ish (hopefully) and have a few questions:

1) How much does it cost to get from the Monterrey airport to Potrero Chico? And is that for the car or per person? (I assume its for the car but you never can tell...)How are you planning on travelling? Rent a car? Bus? Plane? Email me if you want to.

2) How much will food cost per day? I'm just trying to figure out a budget here. I would count on about $5-$7 per day for food and beer. Depends on how much you drink. Buy the Cuaguamas, so yummy!

3) Camping is $4/night, yeah?
Camping ranges from $4 to $5 per night

4) How cold will it really be in January? Is it climbable in the shade?
It can be cold, but the last several times I was down there, I climbed in pants and a t-shirt the entire week.

5) Do I really need a 70m rope?
A 60m rope is sufficient, but a 70m is nice to have.

6) So yeah, the Potrero Chico page here on RC.com says you can live comfortably on $70/week. Is this accurate? Yeah, it is. Food at the market is really cheap and so is the beer. Your only other expense is camping. That's it.

7) Favorite routes?
What grade? Multi-pitch or Single? Email me if you want to.

8) I've read that you buy the guidebook when you get there. Is this still the case? How much is it? Yes, you can buy it at Homeros. I think I paid $10 for my last one, but it might be up to $15 at most by now.

Thanks in advance!

-Tristan


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You must hit black cat bones.... actually, its over rated, forget I said anything.


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Cab fare from the airport in Monterrey is about 35 dollars US--that's for the car, not per person. Depending on where you fly from ( Seattle?), you might be able to save quite a bit by flying to Laredo and taking the bus from there, ((17 dollars to Monterrey, 2 dollars from M to Hidalgo.)

If you stay 3-4 weeks you might bargain your camping down to 3 bucks per night. You can also camp for free in the canyon. Food and beer are cheeep.

The guidebook will be available when you arrive--current price 12 bucks.

It could dip as low as the 30's in January but that would not last long. A couple of days later it could easily hit the mid-80's.

All the routes here are good and new ones are going in at a furious pace, almost 40 new routes this year alone from 1 pitch to 15 pitches.

You do not need a 70 m rope but a 60 m is mandatory

Note: make sure your shoes have lots of rubber--better yet, bring 2 or 3 pairs, this rock will eat them up.


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Taken climbing trips to Potrero during the past 3 winters. Check out my website for beta, and tons of pictures:
http://cliffmama.com/...o/General_Diary.html
Please sign my guestbook, and let me know if you have any questions.

Also, my climbing partner put together a great trip report with lots of practical information about planning a trip there. He posted it on gunks.com:
http://www.gunks.com/...psed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1
(or go to Discussions>> Gunks.com Climbing Discussion >> ClimbingTrip Reports >> El Potrero Chico 03


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Camping is cheap (approx $5/night), but for a little more, you can get a room and leave your tent home. Quinta La Pagoda has rooms for $7/night and the hosts, Mario and Gilberto, are wonderful!

The great thing about Potrero is the convenience. The places you stay are cheap. Within a block you can get a great homecooked & cheap dinner at Checo's, shop at the super mini for beer and munchies, and only walk 15 minutes to the base of the climbs. Any place you stay can arrange a cab to take you back to the airport. It's all there, it's cheap, and it's friendly.

Jannette


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Tristan,

You can purchase an updated guide book from Tami or Magic Ed for $12.00. Also, there is a market every Tuesday and Friday where you can purchase fresh food. If you are on a budget it's cheaper to cook for yourself.
Bring a warm jacket just in case a cold front moves in. Good Luck


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You must hit black cat bones.... actually, its over rated, forget I said anything.

Ha ha ha. Planning on hogging the route all day? The diehedral pitch is one of the coolest in the park. A must do.


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