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Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone West : Flail Out (5.9)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jul 10, 2015

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Comments: Gary, I like the story. It wouldn't take much of a nudge from you for this route to be renamed "Sylvie in Her Tennies." I doubt anyone would object.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Domingo Baca Canyon, Lower : Lower Domingo Baca Slabs (A... : ... : Jack In The Box (5.9+)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jul 10, 2015

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Comments: Thank you, Gary. I've updated the FA-ist part and the description.

By "modern rap bolts" I mean something other than what I was afraid we'd find up there such as a corroded version of the quarter-inch kind you mentioned - no offense intended - or find nothing.

The current bolts / hangers are fat and shine-y.

I'm hesitant to ask about the name "Naldo" - hopefully it's that Brazilian, versatile, two-footed, good-looking central defender. ;-)


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Rat's Rock : Lost Hole (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jul 8, 2015

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Comments: Hey, Chris: Thanks for posting up what you found! As a fellow seeker of novel experiences on old Sandia routes, I appreciate the effort. Every now and then, some of them turn out to be pretty darn good ... even some put up by Gary. ;-)


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone West : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Jun 8, 2015

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Comments: The name "Christian Crack" comes from the old Loucks Guide. Gary Hicks indicates the actual name of that route is "Christian Rock"


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone West : Christian Rock (5.6)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jun 8, 2015

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Comments: Very glad to hear some of the history, Gary Hicks. You are of course more than welcome to comment on the history to others of your climbs here. I've often wondered some about them. Cheers!


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: May 18, 2015

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Comments: The Green Thumb route in the above photo extends the Green Thumb single-pitch description (May 2015) by several more pitches.

Alternatively, a different extension was recently added to the Green Thumb page. It corresponds to Route 'B' in this Photo. This alternate extension is an aesthetically direct line to the summit on mostly good rock.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: May 18, 2015

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Comments: This photo shows Pawn's Promotion heading far right beneath a long roof after the Pitch-3 belay of Cross-trainer. On the other hand, the Pitch-2 description of Pawn's Promotion indicates "staying with the same vertical crack" above the Pitch-3 belay of Cross-trainer.

We went far right which worked fine. Another party went straight up which reportedly worked fine as well.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall : Pawn's Promotion (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: May 18, 2015

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Comments: This route is a very nice addition to Checkerboard Wall ... to me it seems much more enjoyable / rewarding than Cross-trainer.


Location: NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : White Rock : Potrillo Cliffs : Porky's Bad Luck (5.6)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jan 19, 2015

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Comments: For a 5.6-beginner lead, I suggest bringing a 4 or 5 inch piece ... placed inside right after stemming back away from the gash, stemming up, and just before moving right onto the face.


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Traditional Area
By: Bill Lawry When: Dec 21, 2014

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Comments: T-Storm approach ... got me to thinking about putting a bolted hanger with a rappel ring up at the pitch 1 belay spots for Commie Pinkos and Gnarly so that if people need to bail they can do so without leaving any gear. Your thoughts and input?

Brett,

I am not a "local" climber but often make a pilgrimage to the area in late spring / early summer. In general, the cliff at the traditional area already offers a low-commitment introduction to multi-pitch. The routes are about as short ... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : North Organs : Lambda Wall : Wizard of Ooze (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: I believe the 1/4 inch bolt has been upgraded - nice work!


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : North Organs : Lambda Wall
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: We made our way out to Lambda Wall yesterday. Thank you much to all who put time in on making it clear how to get out there - saves a ton of nasty bushwhacking! I think our return time back to the car near Baylor Road was around an hour.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : North Organs : Lambda Wall : Yellow Brick Road (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: Yesterday, we followed Marta's description for Wizard Road (it is in a comment above). What a great route! I think it deserves it's own 'route' page - even if that consisted of words to just 'glue together' the first pitch of Wizard of Ooze and the last pitch of Yellow Brick Road. That way, folks can rate it, tick it, etc.. It shouldn't be buried in a comment! :-)

Also, I believe the 1/4 inch bolt has been upgraded - nice work!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face Left (5.5)
By: Bill Lawry When: Oct 19, 2014

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Comments: Ran across both old bolts on the way to the smaller crack on the right end of the roof: one bolt with a roundish hanger (in photo) and one farther up with a longer rectangular hanger. The roof at the right crack was well protected and seemed to go with a brief 5.6 move or two.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Yataghan : ... : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Sep 28, 2014

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Comments: We eventually saw a bolt about 15 feet left of the leader in this photo, on a nice ledge - probably the belay ledge at the top of P1? The bolt / ledge was about 80 feet above the large tree (~1 foot diameter?) the rope goes past in this photo. We missed the bolt / ledge, going a bit higher in the dihedral the leader is in. Next pitch we crossed left in to the then-more-prominent crack / dihedral with the roof.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Sep 7, 2014

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Comments: I was up on The Pulpit yesterday and took the below photo. Looks like the same aspect.

Photo


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Pulpit : ... : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Sep 7, 2014

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Comments: No need to engage this way. Ascend cracks just to the left until can stem back across.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 27, 2014

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Comments: Speaking of descents, we also went down the west side of Pingora in order to traverse over Tiger Tower and Wolf's Head. This descent consists of roughly 75 feet of down climbing / down leading and then 4 or 5 raps. May need to replace slings on the rap anchors.

To start, locate the huge cleft that splits the west side of Pingora's summit. South of that cleft, find a way to down climb / down lead for roughly 75 feet to reach the first rap anchor which is inside a different and much smaller clef... more >>


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Northeast Face (5.8+)
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 26, 2014

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Comments: Regarding the crux pitch 7:

For most, it will seem clear which of several cracks is the "5.8 wide" option (i.e., the one on the far left).

There seems to be some question in the community regarding which of the other cracks is the 5.9 variation shown in most topos out there (e.g., the SummitPost.org topo ).

See this Photo for more discussion.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Southwest Face Right (5.9)
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 25, 2014

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Comments: We climbed this route twice using Kelsey's guide. The first time, we were off route about half of the time. The second time we nailed it. For us, the difference was knowing where to start the route.

Lynn S's description is accurate in words and in per-pitch ratings. At the same time, what would probably help here is a good picture of the SW Face with the route marked and/or familiarity with the starting ledge ... perhaps with some good route-finding intuition too.

I looked through m... more >>


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head : East Ridge (5.6) : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 24, 2014

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Comments: We did that as a hand traverse as well - I think harder than the 1st hand traverse. 5.7 is fair.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 24, 2014

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Comments: We climbed Pingora a handful of times on mostly different routes - we luckily had a long stretch of great weather. We saw people doing the descent in the photo but found the following modification worked very well ... very much reduces the rope snag factor plus reduces the number of raps whether rapping on one rope or two.

After the second "33 meter" rap in the photo, rather than "throw rope to the left (climber's right)", we made just one more ~50 meter rap (3rd rap) straight down over clean ... more >>


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 15, 2014

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Comments: Dang, Karl. I think I've been off route all these years. ;-)


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone East : Revenge of the Elderly (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jun 1, 2014

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Comments: ~New 50 pound rap-rope catcher: It is in the 5.7 alcove var for P3 (i.e., the "crux chimney" in the above P3 description). It has now been moved back from the dirty lip where it had caught our rap rope. Would have trundled it except we had three folks at the tunnel.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : First Creek Slabs : Hot Flash (5.8)
By: Bill Lawry When: May 17, 2014

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Comments: We did the descent link-up to the normal descent from Lotta Balls Wall. I do NOT recommend it as one slip rapping the offwidth / chimney could find you wedged in there. On the other hand, if you like adventure rapping then this may be the way for you.

Approach via the wash/stream bed. That way you have a better view of when one might start scrambling up. We came by way of the Lotta Ball approach, traversing across the base of Romper Room, and it was a little hard to be sure where to head up ... more >>


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