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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Once In A Blue Moon (FA)

5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (2)

Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'

NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Shield

Sep 15, 2012

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Large formation at 7,900' on the east north ridge ...

Large formation at 7,900' on the east north ridge of Ladron Peak.

Arizona & New Mexico : Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., N...

Jul 4, 2013

Central north ridge of Ladron Peak.  Our route sta...

Central north ridge of Ladron Peak. Our route stayed on or slightly west of the central line up the ridge.

Arizona & New Mexico : Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., N...

Jul 4, 2013

North Face of Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., NM.

North Face of Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., NM.

Arizona & New Mexico : Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., N...

Jul 4, 2013

Upper formation on the east ridge of Ladron Peak, ...

Upper formation on the east ridge of Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., NM.

Arizona & New Mexico : Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., N...

Jul 4, 2013

Lower formation on the east ridge of Ladron Peak, ...

Lower formation on the east ridge of Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., NM.

Arizona & New Mexico : Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., N...

Jul 4, 2013

NW face of "8080".

NW face of "8080".

Arizona & New Mexico : Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., N...

Jul 4, 2013

Peak "8080", between Monte Negro and Lad...

Peak "8080", between Monte Negro and Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., NM

Arizona & New Mexico : Ladron Peak, Socorro Co., N...

Jul 4, 2013

150 to 200 ft offwidth within 50 miles of Albuquer...

150 to 200 ft offwidth within 50 miles of Albuquerque, NM

Arizona & New Mexico : offwidth in S NM? : Post

Jul 2, 2013

Final 3 pitches of Once In A Blue Moon.  The marke...

Final 3 pitches of Once In A Blue Moon. The marked cave is the cave in this Photo.

NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Once In A Blue Moon (5.7+)

Sep 15, 2012

Greg takes a well-deserved rest midway through the...

Greg takes a well-deserved rest midway through the crux section of the climb

NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : La Selva (5.8)

May 23, 2012

Greg G. in the midst of the crux.

Greg G. in the midst of the crux.

NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : La Selva (5.8)

May 23, 2012

Unmarked version of route photo.

Unmarked version of route photo.

NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : La Selva (5.8)

May 23, 2012

The first 2/3 of the route.  Zoom in on the accomp...

The first 2/3 of the route. Zoom in on the accompanying unmarked version of this photo for more detail

NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : La Selva (5.8)

May 23, 2012

Here's another view of the last 3/5ths of the 5th ...

Here's another view of the last 3/5ths of the 5th class section. Dotted lines indicate the actual route is hidden by features of the ridge. Bill Lawry's photo and comments describe this route well.

NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Northwest Ridge (5.6)

Aug 9, 2011

Contributed Comments

 

Location: NM : Taos Area : Tres Piedras : South Rock : Yikes Dikes (5.8)
By: Howard Snell When: Jun 25, 2013

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Comments: Found gear on Yikes Dikes - Lost & Found Forum


Location: NM : Taos Area : Tres Piedras : Aspen Alley : Blue Boy (aka Serendipity) (5.8)
By: Howard Snell When: Jun 24, 2013

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Comments: I agree w/ Bill's comment over on the Staircase to the Patio thread - these two climbs share the same start, but Blue Boy follows a straighter line up to the anchors (thus retains the 5.8).

There is a bolt a ways above the roof on Blue Boy that can be skipped if you want the flavor of the original ascent. Place a C3 at your feet below the bolt and then go for the right facing crack above with another C3 after you pass the bol... more >>


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Pulpit : Southeast Ridge (5.6 PG13)
By: Howard Snell When: Dec 15, 2012

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Comments: Found a jacket off to the east side of the ridge on 8 December, 2012. Looks like it had been there awhile but still in useful condition. Email (snell at mindspring dot com) details and I can arrange pickup in Albuquerque.

Howard


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower
By: Howard Snell When: Oct 31, 2012

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Comments: Update: Vehicular Access to Lower La Cueva Canyon Trail Head Closed Until May 2013.

I just called the Sandia Ranger District to check on the status of the apparent closure of the road leading to the Lower La Cueva Canyon Trail Head. It appears that the road will remain closed until May of 2013. The primary closure is the picnic area (current budgets don't allow appropriate maintenance). The person I spoke with, Mary, said that it is OK to park at the gate and walk in to the Lower La Cueva Ca... more >>


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone East : Opal (5.7 PG13)
By: Howard Snell When: Oct 28, 2012

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Comments: The last couple of times I've been on Opal I've noticed that the large flake / horn on climbers left of the start of P1 is loose. It's a pretty large chunk of rock and if it was to come off while someone was climbing over it, your day would be spoiled. I recommend avoiding it.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone West : Broken Ladders (5.7)
By: Howard Snell When: Oct 28, 2012

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Comments: This is a really enjoyable climb. If you like Flake n Bake but wish it was a bit more challenging then Broken Ladders could be for you. The finger traverse looks thin from below, but it's a great finger crack and takes 0.3" to 0.5" pieces.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower
By: Howard Snell When: Oct 28, 2012

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Comments: Road to Lower La Cueva Canyon Trail Head was gated & locked this morning (10/27/12). We parked at the Tram parking lot and took the Tram - La Luz cross over trail to get into Lower La Cueva Canyon. Adds 35 or so minutes to approach but LLC was deserted.

I've looked through the Sandia Ranger District website for information, but I can't find any details so I'm not sure how long the trail head will be closed. If you're planning on climbing in Lower La Cueva Canyon you might call the Sandia FS ... more >>


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone West : Pair of 4s (5.9- PG13)
By: Howard Snell When: Aug 27, 2012

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Comments: Bill & I also moved the rappel anchor to a live tree about 20' climber's left of the dead tree at the top of the route. We were able to rappel down with a double-strand single 60m rope by working climber's left about 30' down and then along the top of a large ledge. I don't recommend that rappel route as the rope makes several turns, goes through several bushes, and passes within several large cracks. The chances of sticking your rope as you pull it seem really high. Better to use two ropes,... more >>


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone West : Gemstone (5.8)
By: Howard Snell When: Jul 14, 2012

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Comments: A #4 (Blue) Big Bro can be used to protect the start of the crack w/o grovelling for placements deep inside. Combined with a #6 C4 up where the outer wall of the crack develops an interior flake allowed sewwing it up nicely (yep I'm a seamster).


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone East : Opal (5.7 PG13)
By: Howard Snell When: Jul 2, 2012

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Comments: Quite a bit of loose rock on the first pitch. There were quite a few folks below us on the ledges between the starts of Revenge of the Elderly, Emerald City and Opal so we couldn't safely clean it up.


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