El Sendero Luminoso

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El Sendero Luminoso
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El Toro as seen from Mota Wall. El Sendero Luminoso rises from the base of the mountain on the far right side of the image.[1]
LocationEl Potrero Chico, Nuevo León, Mexico
Coordinates25°56′56″N 100°28′37″W / 25.949°N 100.477°W / 25.949; -100.477[1]
Climbing AreaEl Toro
Route TypeBigwall sport
Vertical Gain1500'
First ascentJeff Jackson, Kurt Smith and Pete Peacock

El Sendero Luminoso is the name of a rock climb at El Potrero Chico, Nuevo León, Mexico. A bigwall sport-route, El Sendero Luminoso rises over 1500 ft (~450 m) up the impressive front side of El Toro. It is one of the harder long routes in the area — 11 of its 15 pitches clock in at 5.12. The route was established by Jeff Jackson, Kurt Smith and Pete Peacock and is graded 5.12+ V (15 pitches).

On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold became the first person to free-solo the route. He did so in a little over three hours.[2]

On November 27, 2019, the American rock climber Brad Gobright fell approximately 300 meters to his death while descending from the route with his climbing partner, Aidan Jacobson who fell between 20 and 30 meters and survived.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Climbing in el Toro (The Front Side), Mexico".
  2. ^ "The Heart-Stopping Climbs of Alex Honnold". New York Times. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ "American rock climber Brad Gobright dies after a fall in Mexico". 29 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Brad Gobright, world-renowned rock climber, dies after falling over 900 feet off of cliff in Mexico".