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Overview of Cochiti Mesa crags


This is the main crag in the area, offering over 60 excellent routes. Shaded in the AM, sunny in PM.

Getting There 

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Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

43 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cochiti Mesa:
Thief Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   North Cliffband
Monkey Lust   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   North Cliffband
Just Say No to Crack   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   South Cliffband
The Boya from La Jolla Who Stepped on a Cholla   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Upper Cliff Band
Another Lichen Nightmare   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   South Cliffband
Dynabolic   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 70'   South Cliffband
The Prow   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   South Cliffband
Open Mouth Syndrome (OMS)   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   North Cliffband
Dreamscape   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   South Cliffband
Praise the Lunge   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   North Cliffband
La Espina   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 70'   North Cliffband
Gunning for the Buddha   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   North Cliffband
Shadowdancer   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Cliffband
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DisturbingThePeace nabbing the redpoint after a 4 ...

Gunning for the Buddha 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  NM : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : ... : North Cliffband
This sequential line is a classic Cochiti test-piece. Half the trouble is deciding which of the heavily chalked pockets visible from the ground are best left unused. The other half is keeping it together on the final, tricky slab move just below the anchors. The technical crux is reaching the obvious S-shaped crack at midheight, where a great rest gives way to the sinister, slabby redpoint crux just above....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

Photos of Cochiti Mesa Slideshow Add Photo
Main area floor meadow.
BETA PHOTO: Main area floor meadow.
Main area overview 7/8/12.
BETA PHOTO: Main area overview 7/8/12.
Parking area/approach.
BETA PHOTO: Parking area/approach.
Laurel's Climb boulder and Monkey Lust. Area is do...
BETA PHOTO: Laurel's Climb boulder and Monkey Lust. Area is do...

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By Scott Beguin
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 9, 2012
Update: I went out here yesterday and discovered that most of, if not all of these routes were affected greatly by the Los Conchas fire in 2011. Bolts and rock layers have been cooked by firestorms with ambient air temps greater than 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. There are no live trees left, no shade, crumbling rock, burned hardware, and is pretty much a wasteland now. It was quite sobering to find this. This marks the end of an era, and a wonderful area that this was. I am thankful to have gotten to climb the years that I have there. I did not make it to Eagle Canyon to check it, but I am assuming the worst as well. The Dihedrals were cooked too. Vista Point seems to be ok, but could use some anchor upgrades as there are no trees to anchor with. I guess you could drive a car to the rim and use it for an anchor. I will head out again at some point to verify the status of the crags I did not make it to, and will post.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jul 9, 2012
Oh no....this is super sad news, both for the area and the climbing itself. Please keep posting as you find out more information (including info concerning Eagle Canyon). Wow, so depressing.
Thanks Scott.
By DisturbingThePeace
From: Albuquerque, NM
Oct 15, 2012
For more information on the current post fire status see this thread mountainproject.com/v/cochiti-...
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