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Chuck checking out the original p3.  The recommend...
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By Chuck McQuade
From: Golden, CO
Apr 27, 2008
The "new" Sandia Guidebook suggests heading straight up from the belay for p3...then working right towards the left facing corner. The original live heads right off the belay to a clean dihedral with two pins. This dihedral ends and heads left via a bomber undercling to a great layback eventually meeting up with the recommended line. Personally i prefer the original line, better pro and solid rock!
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
May 24, 2008
Great picture! ... and a great place to begin the 3rd pitch, with the belay at the bottom of the shown dihedral with the fixed pins ... albeit with scant other available pro.
By Dave Wachter
Sep 24, 2009
Yup, that's by far the best way up P3.
By Lee H
From: Albuqueruqe,NM
Sep 11, 2014
I had fun on the "new" p3, but I was very glad to have double ropes. Going straight up you have good pro until you get to a wide(ish) ledge you can traverse with no pro (but very comfortable) until you get to the left facing dihedral. Without double ropes, I can only imagine protecting yourself on the left, then going to the right again and then going back left to get to the right facing dihedral would cause a good amount of rope drag...especially since it was a pretty long pitch.
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Chuck checking out the original p3. The recommended third pitch heads straight up from the belay, as opposed to heading to the obvious dihedral to the right of the belay.

Submitted By: Chuck McQuade on Apr 27, 2008
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The Second Coming (5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c )
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