El Potrero Chico Sport Climbing

North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Saturday, April 15, 2017
North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center 1003 Fourth Ave CarrolltonTX  75006
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Saturday, April 15, 2017
North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center 1003 Fourth Ave CarrolltonTX  75006

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What's Included

El Potrero Chico (the "little corral") is a sport-climbing paradise, with limestone similar to Thailand and routes up to 20 pitches in length. The geography of the area is similar to west Texas and southern New Mexico -- arid Chihuahuan desert. The climbing is about a ten-minute walk up the road from the accommodations. Pretty much everything is bolted, but some may opt for a light supplemental trad rack. Fifteen or so quickdraws and one (sometimes two) 60-meter ropes is usually enough. Ninety percent of the routes are less than thirty meters and only require one sixty-meter rope to get up and down. A few routes are best done with a 70-meter rope (Dope Ninja, Will the Wolf Survive?, and La Ola, to name a few). So all you need to bring climbing is some sunscreen, hat and a little water. It was eighty degrees last February. I would also bring some warm weather clothes as well. It can get chilly if a storm or clouds roll in. Many of the climbs are right off the road or a short five-minute approach. Many of the climbs are ten pitches or more in length which makes for a really fun day. There are enough classic climbs in the Potrero area to keep you busy for a good week to ten-day vacation, unless you are Michael Reardon. The bolts are generally good and runouts are scarce. Most belays are well bolted. There are also two spires that you can do a Tyrolean traverse between for some spicy action. The rock is limestone, but much more solid than in Thailand and t This trip is for experienced sport climbers that are self sufficient and have the skills to lead, clean and safely thread the anchor to lower or rappel. The North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center is about "Taking it Outside" climbers can take the North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center's Core Skills Clinic and the Outdoor Sport Lead Course to obtain the required skills for this trip. If you would like to go on this trip and require the skills please contact Christopher Gibson at

About This Organizer

Our facility is located in the historic grain silos of old Downtown Carrollton, Texas, just north of Downtown Dallas. Inside a world of adventure possibilities awaits- with the world’s tallest indoor climbing routes, a map/book room, lounge area, classroom, and strength and conditioning equipment, we have everything you need to make your next adventure happen.
If you are serious about outdoor adventure (or you want to be) this is the place for you. We are not a “climbing gym” in the traditional sense- we consider our facility a place to train for outdoor adventure sports and activities. For this reason everything we do is just like we would do in the outdoors. We’ll teach you the same techniques we use outside. And if you’ve never climbed outside before, this is a great place to make the transition!
We offer way more than climbing, too. With our amazing trips, classes, and sense of community, if you are interested in outdoor adventure you are sure to find a place here. So check out all our info here on the site, call us at 972-446-0105 if you have any questions, be sure to check out and like our FACEBOOK page to stay up to date on everything that goes on here, and of course you can always come in and say hi! We can’t wait to meet you.

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North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center 1003 Fourth Ave CarrolltonTX  75006
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