Pitch Black–6 pitches–5.9+, 5.10+, 5.9, 5.10+, 5.10-, 5.10+ FA: Marko Steffen, Mehgan Curry and Kevin Nicastro. Special thanks to Darren, Nate, Andrea, Chantal, Julian and Alan.
This wall was originally climbed by Alex Catlin in 1989 using trad gear and the occasional bolt but never cleaned of its vegetation or loose rock. It never received a second ascent. In 2011 Marko Steffen got permission from Alex to transform the line into a modern Potrero bolted multi-pitch and bolted the first two pitches with Meghan Curry. He returned this year and spent 5 weeks adding 4 more pitches with Kevin Nicastro and a number of other volunteers.
Bolting the third pitch on lead took so long that they decided to bolt the next three pitches top down, approaching from the summit of Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Climbing the seven pitches of Treasure, plus an additional ridge pitch, with heavy packs and five ropes was a monumental task that took all day and half the night. They finally reached terra firma after midnight–a trend that would continue throughout the project.
Photos courtesy of Marko Steffen.
This route has opened access to the beautiful creamy wall above the huge ledge high on the Mota Wall which has now been christened the Covenant Wall.
Josh McCoy has just posted a new video of him and Alex Honnold working and climbing Mi Regalo Favorito–19 pitches–5.13d.
We have been rescuing Hidalgo street dogs ever since we first arrived more than 20 years ago but last year Dottie Cross and Ann Ramsey bumped things up a few notches by establishing the Fiona Animal Shelter, a non -profit organization. Donations have been trickling in and on April 13 we helped them celebrate the opening of the new kennels and veterinary office and surgery.
Dottie and Ann spent the winter tirelessly canvassing the town talking people into getting their dogs neutered and vaccinated for free, helping people fence their yards and build dog houses, and providing them with free dog food. You can help by contacting Dottie through her web site potreropups.org.
Now that the busy season is winding down I’ve had a chance to introduce a new batch of kids to the joys of climbing.
My apologies if I took your picture for the gallery and it didn’t appear–I had some computer problems and lost a whole batch of photos. You’ll just have to come back next season!!
No da el que puede, sino el que quiere.
It’s not the able that give, but the desirous.