Potrero Chico Volunteer Rescue Team

Potrero Chico Rescue Team

Potrero Chico Rescue Team

For the most part the park and the climbing here are pretty safe.  As the park has become more popular we are seeing the number of rock climbing accidents rise though. Mostly it’s been leg and foot injuries with the more serious accidents being caused by rockfall.  As a result we formed the Potrero Chico Volunteer Rescue Team.

Potrero Chico Rescue Team

There seems to be a gap as to how much help the local first responders can provide to injured climbers. So we’ve been assisting the local Protection Civil in an attempt to close this gap and have observed a need for our own equipment. We held a fundraiser and were able to raise enough funds to purchase a Stokes basket, backboards, radios and medical supplies. Continue reading “Potrero Chico Volunteer Rescue Team”

El Potrero Chico Snow Day

El Potrero Chico Weather

El Potrero Chico Snow Day

El Potrero Chico Weather
Super Nova In The Snow

El Potrero Chico weather can be very strange sometimes. I’ve woken some mornings to find cloudy skies with a polite rain coming down and I drive five minutes into the canyon and find a blue hole in the sky with sunny skies and dry walls waiting to be sent.

El Potrero Chico Weather

To add to that strangeness we had a snow day in El Potrero Chico on December 8th. That’s right you  read right a snow day! We woke up to 6 to 7 inches of white powder all over the the landscape.  I know for a lot of you this is normal but here in El Potrero Chico it’s anything but. It hasn’t snowed here since 1997. Continue reading “El Potrero Chico Snow Day”

Clean Up Potrero Chico

Clean Up Potrero Chico

Clean Up Potrero Chico

 

Clean up Potrero Chico
Clean up Potrero Chico

Escalada Sustentable and Potrero Chico Climbing Guides organized a clean up in Potrero Chico. This was part of a larger campaign put on by Acceso PanAm called Clean Our Mountains. Clean ups were happening all over North and South America during the week of Sept. 15th -23rd.

Escalada Sustentable is  a new local association dedicated to minimizing the impact the climbers (everyone really) have on the environment.

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Replacing Bolts In Potrero Chico

New Anchors Milk Cow Blues

Replacing Bolts In Potrero Chico

There was an explosion of bolting in the 90’s with little to no regulation as to what type of materials or hardware used. So as you can imagine we have all types of anchors and bolts. Most of the bolts are in good shape but you’ll find a few here and there that need replacing. Also some developers mixed the metals which can accelerate corrosion under certain conditions.

Potrero Chico is always in need of volunteers. If you want to help with replacing bolts, cleaning up or trail maintenance get in touch with us. I’m sure we can find something for you to do Continue reading “Replacing Bolts In Potrero Chico”