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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.


Location: NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Surfin' the Turf (5.7)
By: Howard Snell When: Jun 25, 2011

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Comments: With the 2011 fire closure of the Sandias, I've looked for multi-pitch traditional routes elsewhere, but close enough to Albuquerque. Made our first El Malpais climb on Surfin' the Turf yesterday. Had a great day. The route description here is perfect and the rating seems accurate. I'll admit that our sandstone crack & chimney skills were rusty, so we grovelled on two sections of the first pitch! I carried the first pitch a few meters beyond the small tree and built a gear anchor at a flat ... more >>


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Traditional Area : Pedernal Cracks (5.6)
By: Howard Snell When: Jun 15, 2011

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Comments: We stayed in the crack on the right side. Crux was a flaring section of hand jams where the crack was surprisingly smooth. Whole route was a great opportunity to use natural protection via slings and girth hitches on chockstones. That crux felt a bit more like 5.7, but I'm a newbie.


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Traditional Area : Juniper Direct (5.6)
By: Howard Snell When: Jun 15, 2011

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Comments: Climbed 2nd pitch as finish to El Faralito. Once past the small roof, we just kept going up the gully - upper end of that stretch was 4th / low 5th. Eventually came to a set of bolts for anchor at top of gully. These bolts were not those for "Bring me a Bucket" and appeared to be left of the bolts for Chili Verde (which were slightly higher).


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Traditional Area : Commie Pinkos (5.4)
By: Howard Snell When: Jun 15, 2011

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Comments: Bill:

Where did you end your 1st pitch? We stopped at a small, slightly cramped alcove above gnarly's juniper. I think Larry & Bill D. belayed from the Juniper.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Keeler Needle : Harding Route (5.10+) : Photo
By: Howard Snell When: Jun 14, 2010

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Comments: I just ran across this photo - so this is a pretty late post.

I was a member of the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team in the early 1970's. Kenny Cook was a strong climber & boulderer who joined the team around 1973 or so. He sought every opportunity to climb with more experienced climbers and I remember him as basically fearless. I don't remember how long Kenny was with the SDMRT. The last conversation I remember having with him was by telephone when he was looking for radios to take on an expe... more >>