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Gothic Pillar is a nice 5.6 climb at Comales, with enough features to make it beginner- and kid-friendly.
Start right of an alcove/indentation in the rock. Gear is kind of tricky or hard to find for the first 20', which may worry some 5.6 leaders. But soon enough you reach a crack in a left-facing corner below a tiny pine tree. Follow this crack, and the pillar it forms, up past the tree and to a low-angled, featured face.
The second route with an anchor from the right end of Water Wall. Look for a tiny pine tree.
Nuts and cams to 2"; 2-bolt anchor with chains at the top.
By George Perkins
From: Los Alamos, New Mexico
May 18, 2012
Has this climb been bolted as a sport climb?
(I received an email asking that question, but I haven't been to Comales recently.)