|By Marta Reece|
From: Las Cruces, NM
Jan 27, 2014
We have tried to follow this pair of topos with some diligence and found them less than reliable. The lines on the drawings appear to correspond to visible features on the rock, but almost all of the actual routes are in other locations entirely, either for a part of their length or in their entirety. This is not a comparison of a historical record to current climbing, but a comparison of the topos to reports of historical locations of these route as obtained, when possible, from multiple independent sources. The old-timers agree with one another, just not with the drawings. The difficulty ratings reported in the topos are also all over the place. Since the topos do provide some information, I am leaving them in place, but they should be regarded with caution.
Do not generalize, however, to other topos from this set. Some, the Tooth routes, for example, are excellent.