March 18, 2014

Quote for the Day

Pursue not the outer entanglements,

Dwell not in the inner void;

Be serene in the oneness of things,

And dualism vanishes by itself.

–Seng-t’san

 

Potrero News

The weather can’t make up its mind–every time we think Winter is over we get slammed by a few more days of chilly, wet misery.  A few days ago everyone got caught on the walls by an unexpected storm that blew in with high winds and a drenching rain.  No one is complaining, though;  we’ve had many beautiful sunny days in  the high 80′s.

A tip of the cap to Jon Jones who was here for a few weeks and did quite a bit of maintenance work replacing and upgrading many of the old anchors on the Mota Wall.  He also did some fine tuning on a few routes that needed improvements and bolted a new route with Andy Genereux on the TNT Wall between Baked Fresh Daily and No Habla Español.  Señor Sucio is graded at 5.10d/11a.

Jon Jones with one of the new spine boards

Jon Jones with one of the new spine boards

 

Honnold Video

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link for the short video they made of Alex’s unroped ascent of El Sendero Luminoso:  http://youtube.com/watch?v=Phl82D57P58

The Central Pillar

The Central Pillar

 

Recent Climbing Photos

Climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Virgin Canyon, climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Virgin Canyon, climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Climbers on the 2nd ptch of Las Chimuelas

Climbers on the 2nd ptch of Las Chimuelas

Las Chimuelas, pitch 2

Las Chimuelas, pitch 2

 

Virgin Rock

There's only a handful of routes on this wall on the South side of Los Lobos Canyon

There’s only a handful of routes on this wall on the South side of Los Lobos Canyon

Afternoon sun lights up the South face of Buzz Rock

Afternoon sun lights up the South face of Buzz Rock

 

Kids Climbing

Every Saturday morning Rosaura 10, and her brother Bryan 8, show up on my front porch all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed eager to go climbing.  Sometimes they bring other kids who want to have a go.  Both of them have become adept at belaying and lowering a climber with a gri-gri.

Rosaura and Bryan

Rosaura and Bryan

Bryan on Gracias Mi Amor

Bryan on Gracias Mi Amor

Rosaura on Espantasuegra

Rosaura on Espantasuegra

Bryan on Espantasuegra

Bryan on Espantasuegra

Rosaura belaying

Rosaura belaying

Hiking out

Hiking out

Rosaura

Rosaura

 

Miscellaneous Photos

Selfie

Selfie

Exploring the old quarry on the front side

Exploring the old quarry on the front side

East-side above the swimming pools

East-side above the swimming pools

Slacklining between the Spires

Slacklining between the Spires

Windmill factory near the airport

Windmill factory near the airport

Snott Girlz Peak and ridgeline

Snott Girlz Peak and ridgeline

Late afternoon sun lights up the Spires and Space Boyz Peak

Late afternoon sun lights up the Spires and Space Boyz Peak

 

Rogues Gallery

Russ Clune, New Paltz, NY and Chris Thomas, Salt Lake City

Russ Clune, New Paltz, NY and Chris Thomas, Salt Lake City

Richard Stohlman, Brooklyn, NY and Paul Funs, New York City

Richard Stohlman, Brooklyn, NY and Paul Funs, New York City

Kim K and Lauren Chandler, Portland, OR

Kim Crihfield and Lauren Chandler, Portland, OR

Erika Neal and Chad Diesinger, Fairbanks, Alaska

Erika Neal and Chad Diesinger, Fairbanks, Alaska

Cliffmama and crew, NY

Ariel Pazer, Jannette Pazer aka Cliffmama, Matt Logan, Charlie Kirkwood, Christopher Martin, New York

Avi

Ari Menitove, at large

Ann Ramsey, New Paltz, and Christiane Siebert, New York City

Ann Ramsey, New Paltz, and Christiane Siebert, New York City

Andy Genereoux, Canmore, BC

Andy Genereux, Calgary, BC

Kevin Boyko, Florida, and Adian Costello, Boulder, CO

Kevin Boyko, Florida, and Adian Costello, Boulder, CO

Natalia Rodnova, New York City and Julia Leder, New Paltz, NY

Natalia Rodnova, New York City and Julia Leder, New Paltz, NY

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

Hay mas tiempo que vida.

There is more time than life.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

Giant Oak tree in  the basin

Giant Oak tree in the basin

 

 

February 21, 2014

Quote for the Day

We must embrace pain and use it as fuel for our journey.

–Kenji Miyazawa

 

Potrero News

The last couple of weeks of January were very quiet but this month things picked up considerably with a steady stream of climbers coming and going.

On the new route front, Ann Ramsey and I have begun to clean and add more routes in the Jungle Warfare sector and Rick Ross has been quietly developing a new area on the Sense of Religion Wall up past the Hi Life sector.  More info should be available soon.

The cold weather appears to be behind us, with the daytime temps in the 80′s and sunny so the action has shifted to the north-facing walls which are in the shade.  El Sendero Luminoso has been receiving quite a bit of attention since Alex Honnold’s remarkable solo ascent a few weeks ago.

 

Recent Climbing Photos

 

Cliffmama leads the 2nd pitch of Sky Top Buttress

Cliffmama leads the 2nd pitch of Sky Top Buttre

 

Climbing the pillar on the first pitch of Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Climbing the pillar on the first pitch of Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Rosaura on El Cachoro

Rosaura on El Cachorro

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

Yellow cactus flowers

Yellow cactus flow

 

400 year old Oak tree in the basin

400 year old Oak tree in the basin

 

North-facing walls from the desert

North-facing walls from the desert

 

Sunset over Potrero Grande

Sunset over Potrero Grande

 

Buzz Rock and Breakfast Club Peak with magenta sky

Buzz Rock and Breakfast Club Peak with magenta sky

 

 

Rogues Gallery

 

Thiago Garcia and Krityna Zemarova, Vancouver, B.C.

Thiago Garcia and Krityna Zemarova, Vancouver, B.C.

 

Spenser H., San Francisco and Kate Samp, Yosemite

Spenser H., San Francisco and Kate Samp, Yosemite

 

Tony Bergin and Sheryl Weinstein, Pollock Springs, CA

Tony Bergin and Sheryl Weinstein, Pollock Springs, CA

 

Blake Salmony. Nashville

Blake Salmony. Nashville

 

Jon Chayse, Salem, OR; Bob Ruef, Boston; Tom Reuf, Portland, OR; Quang Nguyen, Salem, OR

Jon Chayse, Salem, OR; Bob Ruef, Boston; Tom Reuf, Portland, OR; Quang Nguyen, Salem, OR

 

Marie-Claude Richard and Pascal Lamanque, Montreal, Quebec

Marie and Pierre Lamanque, Montreal, Quebec

 

Nick Jackson and Erin Smith, Leavenworth, WA

Nick Jackson and Erin Smith, Leavenworth, WA

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

Justo es que pierda lo suyo, quien quiso robar lo tuyo.

It is only just that he who would rob you lose everything.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

 

Dreamscape #10 Potrero Diamond with Yucca

Dreamscape #10
Potrero Diamond with Yucca

 

 

Jan 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

Whoever wants to understand much must play much.

–Gottfried Benn

 

Potrero News

The peak of the season has come and gone and it was a good one in spite of some nasty weather which made picking up and dropping climbers off at the airport a stressful and sometimes harrowing event.  There was enough good weather, however, so that nobody’s trip was a total wash-out.

There has been no new route activity so far this winter but next month we are expecting four parties who will be bolting in various different sectors.

Alex Honnold stole the show again this year with his mind-boggling solo of El Sendero Luminoso.  Imagine pitch after pitch of 5.12 slab climbing where most of the hand holds are side-pulls and there is nothing for the feet.

Alex Honnold soloing El Sendero Luminoso photo by Cedar Wright

Alex Honnold soloing El Sendero Luminoso photo by Cedar Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honnold signs the summit register photo by Alex Honnold

Honnold signs the summit register photo by Alex Honnold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Guest Photos

Radek and Shirley Chalupa were back for the third year in a row and though they didn’t stay long and the weather wasn’t perfect they managed to climb some good routes.  You can see more of their travels around Mexico on their blog:  chossclimbers. com

Heading to Crescent Moon Buttress

Heading to Crescent Moon Buttress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting up the first pitch of Crescent Moon

Starting up the first pitch of Crescent Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radek leads the 4th pitch of Crescent Moon

Radek leads the 4th pitch of Crescent Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley on the crux 4th pitch

Shirley on the crux 4th pitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jan 29 14 radek cmb tyrolean

Negotiating the tyrolean traverse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radek on the excellent first pitch of Snot Grlz

Radek on the excellent first pitch of Snot Grlz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley following the first pitch of Snot Grlz

Shirley following the first pitch of Snot Grlz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool climbing on thee 5th pitch of Snot Grlz

Cool climbing on thee 5th pitch of Snot Grlz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley on the 5.8 first pitch of Pepe y Lupe

Shirley on the 5.8 first pitch of Pepe y Lupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sweet dihedral on the 2nd pitch of Pepe y Lupe

The sweet dihedral on the 2nd pitch of Pepe y Lupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radek in the dihedral

Radek in the dihedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd pitch of Agua de Coco

The 2nd pitch of Agua de Coco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

 

Cool cloud pattern over the Potrero

Cool cloud pattern over the Potrero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the hot springs

Enjoying the hot springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoodoos, Dihedrals and Timewave Zero

Hoodoos, Dihedrals and Timewave Zero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palapa roof pattern

Palapa roof pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lone cactus on the Jungle Warfare trail

Lone cactus on the Jungle Warfare trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buzz Rock

Buzz Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rogues Gallery

I somehow went and lost about 6 weeks of photos in my camera so if I took your photo for this section and it doesn’t appear you’ll just have to come back next year.

Bob and Karen, Boulder, Colorado

Bob and Karen, Boulder, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patty Lee, Canmore and  Kyle Friedt, Calgary

Patty Lee, Canmore and Kyle Friedt, Calgary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike, Richard Calahan, Jeff Maurer, Ethan Dang, Christine Nuyen, Potomac, Maryland

Mike, Richard Calahan, Jeff Maurer, Ethan Dang, Christine Nuyen, Potomac, Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thiago Garcia and Kristyna Zemanova, Vancouver, BC

Thiago Garcia and Kristyna Zemanova, Vancouver, BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Climber’s License Plates

Vermont, USA

Vermont, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

El mentiroso debe primero saber la verdad.

The liar must first know the truth.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

 

Dreamscape #9 North Face with Mesquite

Dreamscape #9
North Face with Mesquite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

Reality is what refuses to go away after I stop believing in it.

–Phillip K. Dick

 

Potrero News

The season is well under way, with climbers from all over the globe arriving by land and air.  We’ve had some chilly weather dipping down from the North but it hasn’t been severe enough to prevent anyone from getting out and on the walls.

 

The Return of Frank Sarat

Two years after his horrific accident (remember here:  magicedspotrerochico.com/?p=1822) Frank has returned to the Potrero with one main goal:  to climb Double Trouble, the route he was working on when he fell.

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the second pitch is a tricky 5.10d (which everyone knows is harder than 5.11) and both of us are kinda outta shape, we enlisted the cutest girl in the world to lead us up it.

Sierra Allen

Sierra Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Tanguay led the first pitch of Double Trouble while Sierra and I climbed the first two pitches of Leap of Faith so I could get some good photos.

Adrian starts up Double Trouble

Adrian starts up Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Tanguay, pitch 1, Double Trouble

Adrian Tanguay, pitch 1, Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Allen comes up the first pitch of Leap of Faith

Sierra Allen comes up the first pitch of Leap of Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra leads the second pitch of Leap of Faith

Sierra leads the second pitch of Leap of Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra then rapped to the first pitch of Double Trouble and smoothly led the second pitch.

Sierra, pitch 2, Double Trouble

Sierra, pitch 2, Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I reach that bolt?

Can I reach that bolt?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank struggled a bit but did not give up.

Frank Sarat works his way up Double Trouble, pitch 2

Frank Sarat works his way up the crux pitch of Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations, Frank, long may you run.

Happy climbers after a successful ascent

Happy climbers after a successful ascent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Climbing Photos

Ulric Rousseau starts up Motavation, 5.11a, on the Mota Wall

Ulric Rousseau starts up Motavation, 5.11a, on the Mota Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climber on El Grifo, 5.11a

Climber on El Grifo, 5.11a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamming it up on top of Chico Spire

Hamming it up on top of Chico Spire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climber on the Outrage Wall

Climber on the Outrage Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgin Canyon, p3, 5.12b

The Shroud, pitch 4, 5.12b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deily Mora on Timewave Zero photo by Gino Negrini

Deily Mora on Timewave Zero
photo by Gino Negrini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Sendero Luminoso

Gino and Sierra made a three-day ascent of Sendero Luminoso, 15 pitches, 5.12d, over a very chilly Thanksgiving.

Gino and Sierra

Gino and Sierra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the video they made here:  vimeo.com/user3044616

 

Potrero Pups

The tiny puppy we found is developing into a beautiful, strong, healthy pit bull who needs a permanent home.

Little Eloise

Little Eloise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eloise napping at the crags

Eloise napping at the crags

Eloise

Eloise

Keeping warm while we climb

Keeping warm while we climb

Here I come!

Here I come!

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

Kitchen scene, Mexican restaurant in Hidalgo

Kitchen scene, Mexican restaurant in Hidalgo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red earth, yellow flowers

Red earth, yellow flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potrero Chico in the rearview

Potrero Chico in the rearview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic view of the gap looking north

Classic view of the gap looking north

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rogues Gallery

Simon Marchand, Aude Vaugeois, Carlos Santibanez, Uva Stojanovic, Montreal

Simon Marchand, Aude Vaugeois, Carlos Santibanez, Uva Stojanovic, Montreal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Paul Cashiola, Houston

John Paul Cashiola, Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Monteith, Kathy Dicker, Sydney

Neil Monteith, Kathy Dicker, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian, NY

Adrian Tanguay, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Smith, Lake Louise, Mike Mason, Golden, BC

Anna Smith, Lake Louise, Mike Mason, Golden, BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Wilson, Blackheath, Australia

Andrew Wilson, Blackheath, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Ramirez and Andre Bremes Varga, San Jose, Costa Rica

Daniel Ramirez and Andre Bremes Vargas, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fernand Castro, Gino Negrini, Deily Mora and Sierra Allen, San Jose, Costa Rica

Fernando Castro, Gino Negrini, Deily Mora and Sierra Allen, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Anderson and Leo Matsuo, Washington, D.C.

Karl Anderson and Leo Matsuo, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Shively, San Diego

Chris Shively, San Diego

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Le, Long Beach Tara Longridge, Santa Monica Brandon,  Los Angeles Jon Szalai, Saltillo

Stephen Le, Long Beach
Tara Longridge, Santa Monica
Brandon, Los Angeles
Jon Szalai, Saltillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

La amistad sincera es un alma repartida en dos cuerpos.

True friendship is one soul shared by two bodies.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

Dreamscape #7 Potrero Chico from the edge of town

Dreamscape #8
Potrero Chico from the edge of town

 

October 31, 2013

In Memoriam

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Lou Reed 1942-2013

Lou Reed
1942-2013

 

 

Potrero News

Climbers are starting to trickle in and the owners of El Buho, The Owl,  coffee shop, are back from North Carolina so I’m declaring the 2013-2014 season OPEN!  I’m predicting another great season so start making your plans to be a part of it.

In the meantime, Happy Halloween and Dia de Muertos.

 

Image found near Hidden Spring

Image found near Hidden Spring

 

Natural Arch Collapses

I took a hike with the dogs a few weeks ago to the natural arch I “discovered” just a couple of years ago…

 

Natural arch in the basin

Natural arch in the basin

 

Natural arch

Natural arch

It was an overcast day which provided some dramatic scenery…

Peaks at the East end of the basin

Peaks at the East end of the basin

 

Illuminati wall

Illuminati wall

 

View from inside the Red Canyon

View from inside the Red Canyon

Imagine my surprise to find that the arch has collapsed and is no more!

 

The arch is gone

The arch is gone

 

Nothing but rubble

Nothing but rubble

No more arch

No more arch

 

Beautiful view on the hike out

Beautiful view on the hike out

 

 

Potrero Pups

Little Sunshine, the puppy we found with an infected bite on her back has been adopted by a local family.

 

Sunshine, now known as Bonita

Sunshine, now known as Bonita

Bonita with Perla and her boys

Bonita with Perla and her boys

 

Buddy Knutsen, now known as BK, is now part of our pack.  Because of his bad paw he has trouble keeping up with the other mutts on level ground but on the steep stuff he’s a veritable climbing machine.

 

BK

BK

 

 

While hiking with the pack along the dirt roads below the front side we came upon a tiny, 4-week-old female puppy.

Unfortunately, folks around here still take their unwanted puppies and ditch them.  This little girl got lucky that we

found her before she starved to death or got eaten by the coyotes.

 

Eloise

Eloise

 

Eloise chowing down

Eloise chowing down

BK and Eloise

BK and Eloise

 

Recent Climbing Photos

Short walk into the Virgin Canyon

Short walk into the Virgin Canyon

 

Climbers on Silverfish and Sancho Panza

Climbers on Silverfish and Sancho Panza

Silverfish and Sancho Panza

Silverfish and Sancho Panza

Starting up Cat Daddy

Starting up Cat Daddy

Climbers on DNA and Cat Daddy

Climbers on DNA and Cat Daddy

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

The wildflowers were a big hit in my last post so here’s a few more:

 

Potrero wildflowers

Potrero wildflowers

 

Yellow flowers and driftwood

Yellow flowers and driftwood

 

Flower and thorns

Flower and thorns

 

Yellow flower with Lechiguilla

Yellow flower with Lechiguilla

 

Arriero

Arriero

 

New graphics on Hidalgo bus

New graphics on Hidalgo bus

 

Hervey's Beetle under the Outrage Wall

Hervey’s Beetle under the Outrage Wall

 

 Climber’s License Plates

I’m slowly adding to the list of climber’s license plates seen in the Potrero.  It’s too bad I didn’t start a while back ‘cuz I would have some very rare sightings such as Hawaii and Rhode Island.

Campeche, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

 

 Magic Ed’s Watercolors

La Pera

La Pera

Mexica God of Commerce

Mexica God of Commerce

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

El que demonios da, diablos recibe.

He who gives demons receives devils.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

 

Dreamscapes #7 Dramatic front side

Dreamscapes #7
Dramatic front side

September 25, 2013

Quote for the Day

“The good life is a process, not a state of being.  It is a direction, not a destination.”

–Carl Rogers

 

Potrero News

Our September rains arrived punctually on September first and have been generous.  Even before the tail end of Ingrid swept though, we’d already more than doubled the average rainfall for the month.  Those of us who live here love the rain; it clears the dust out of the air and turns the desert a lush verdant with thousands of wildflowers blooming everywhere.  It’s also when the rock is at its most dramatic, with the grey rock turning black and the cream-colored walls jump out at you.

Sense of Religion Wall

Sense of Religion Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September flowers

September flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September flowers

September flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September flowers

September flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cenizo after a rain storm

Cenizo after a rain storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September flowers

September flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's even a few mushrooms

There’s even a few mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bougainvillea and mountain from my bedroom window

Bougainvillea and mountain from my bedroom window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlines in the Potrero

With the exception of a few climbers from Monterrey on the week-ends, there has been no climbing action to report but we did receive a three week visit from a group of Mexican and French highliners.  They set and walked a number of amazing high–and I mean really high–lines.

Besides the obvious between the Spires, they set lines from the Spires to the Outrage wall, across the gap in front of the Wave, across Las Estrellas canyon to the top of Tami’s Pillarl, and they even humped all their gear to the summit of El Toro for a spectacular walk at the top of the mountain.

The following photos are from their facebook page.  You can see many more photos and videos here:

http://facebook.com/pages/PAso-a-paso-Highline-In-Mexico/403207683116479  

Tej Rom, Hector Faleg Chavez, Laure Millot, Chloe Roux-Mallard

Tej Rom, Hector Faleg Chavez, Laure Millot, Chloe Roux-Mallard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slackline across Las Estrellas

Slackline across Las Estrellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across the Spires

Across the Spires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estrellas to Tami's Pillar

Estrellas to Tami’s Pillar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In front of the Wave

In front of the Wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spires to Outrage Wall

Spires to Outrage Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outrage to Spires

Outrage to Spires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outrage to Spires

Outrage to Spires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Estrellas

Las Estrellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top of El Toro

Top of El Toro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican History

In September of 1846, an American army of 6250 men led by Zachary Taylor, attacked the city of Monterrey at the beginning of a war which would last an entire year.  The reasons for this war are complex and involve a border dispute over the newly annexed territory of Texas and redress for a large amount of commercial debt that Mexico owed to American businesses.

Both sides in this battle for Monterrey committed costly blunders.  The Americans failed to recognize a couple of Mexican fortifications guarding the entrance to the city, and once inside, they realized that they were ill trained for urban warfare and became easy targets for the Mexican snipers posted on the rooftops and windows of the buildings.

After suffering hundreds of casualties, the Americans retreated and now the Mexicans blundered by not pressing their advantage and giving chase.  The following day, after another bloody battle with serious consequences, the Americans finally gained the upper hand and the Mexicans realized it would be to their advantage to surrender.

Surrender they did, but under their own terms, which allowed them to retreat to Saltillo with their weapons, their flags unfurled and with the promise of a two week armistice.

A couple of interesting side notes:

When the Americans entered Mexico, a number of disgruntled soldiers, mostly of Irish descent, defected over to the Mexican side.  This St. Patrick’s Brigade is honored in Mexico to this day.

Both Generals in  this conflict, Zachary Taylor and Pedro de Ampudia, would become President of their respective countries.

 

Miscellaneous Photos

Water running across the road below the Mota Wall

Water running across the road below the Mota Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wet street scene

Wet street scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes on the power lines

Shoes on the power lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small shrine at the edge of town

Small shrine at the edge of town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahh...good to see the sun and blue skies again!

Ahh…good to see the sun and blue skies again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Ed’s Watercolors

El Pajaro

El Pajaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Alacran

El Alacran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

La necedad cierra las puertas de la bondad.

Stubborness closes the doors of kindness.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

Dreamscapes #6 The summit of Timewave Zero from the summit of Estrellita

Dreamscapes #6
The summit of Timewave Zero from the summit of Estrellita

 

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