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Type One Fun Fest! (Christmas Sport Climbing in Mexico, Dates Flexible) · Thu. Dec. 15th - Tue. Jan. 3rd
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Start: Thursday, Dec. 15th, 10:00 am
End: Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, 4:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Zoom / Email
In Northern Mexico, there's a sport-climbing paradise called Petrero Chico. It's a bunch of one-to-twenty pitch climbs, all bolted, within about 15 - 25 minutes walk from where you camp. (There's several camp-ground hostels, where you pay about $10 a night to sleep in a tent on a lawn and then have access to buildings with cooking facilities, refrigerators, bathrooms and showers, couches to chill out—basically, everything except sleeping quarters. There's also a lot of more upscale options, if that's your thing).
I spent January - February of 2016 there, and it was probably the most Type I fun I've ever had. I was spending about $20 a day to eat amazing food, make great friendships, hike and jog and climb in 20-degree sun, and get in the best shape of my life just...living, without any need to 'train.'
In terms of ability—any climber from 5.9 – 5.13 would have lots of stuff to do. There’s some routes in the 5.7 – 5.8 range, too, just not nearly as many. You should know how to lead belay, and you’ll get a lot more out of the place if you can top-belay and do basic multi-pitch. That said, there is a lot of great cragging, too.
In terms of logistics—the main way from Vancouver is to fly into Monterrey, a city about 40 kilometers away, and then take a taxi or bus to either Petrero Chico or to the town of Hidalgo, a couple kilometers away. If you’re buying tickets, make sure you go to the Monterrey in Mexico—there’s also a Monterrey in California, and people have had rude surprises in the airport before, when they realize they’re in the wrong country ;). I’ve found that skyscanner is the best website for cheap tickets.
In terms of timing—people can come earlier than December 15th and leave earlier than January 3rd, or leave later. (If you can work remotely, or you’re fun-employed, you might plan to go for two weeks and leave 3 months later, climbing 5.12…you’ve been warned ;)
I’ll set a pre-trip meeting by Zoom, later, depending on interest :)