Climbing Gear Checklist: 

Helmet (It is uncommon for people in Potrero to go without a helmet, as there is potential for rockfall.)

A Headlamp and extra batteries

Two 48” (60cm/double length) nylon slings for anchors. (Alternatively 7mm cordalettes or 5.9mm Sterling Power Cord)

A guide style belay device such as a Black Diamond ATC Guide or Petzl Reverso

An assisted belay device such as the Petzl Grigri 2 or Grigri+

4 HMS Locking Carabiners, like the Petzl Attache

12-14 Quickdraws, or 24 if you plan to link pitches together. A few alpine style draws are handy to reduce rope drag. My favorites lightweight draws are the Wild Country Helium’s and my favorite all around draw is the Black Diamond Livewire

70M dynamic rope, bi-pattern or with a middle marker. The Sterling 9.5mm Helix Evolution works well.

Harness (Suitable for comfort at hanging belays) My favorite for comfort is the Misty Mountain Cadilac.

Comfortable pair of climbing shoes, and another pair if you have them for backup. The stone is really sharp so it can wear out shoes quick. Check out the Five Ten Mocasym or Anasazi’s for all day comfort. 

Small first aid kit to carry with you on climbs

A Prussik or Sterling Hollow Block

Small 16-20 liter summit pack

EPC Climbing: A Climber’s Guide to El Potrero Chico


Optional Equipment:

Walkies Talkies

A sports watch

Digital Camera with a strap to clip to your harness


Camping Gear:

A camping stove (Many Campgrounds and Casitas have stoves available for you to use)

A 3 Season Tent

Sleeping bag/pad suitable for below freezing temperatures.



Synthetic Pants like the Prana Stretch Zion’s

Synthetic or smartwool long sleeve shirt

A softshell jacket

A breathable rain jacket