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John's Wall

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Alberta S 
Bulges T 
Easter Rising S 
From Aldo to Abbey T,S 
Houston S, The S 
Nose, The S 
Route 66 T 

John's Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 36.5338, -105.7077 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Mike Howard, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Mike Howard on Dec 14, 2006
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South-facing basalt wall right off dirt road. Has around twenty routes and is a small sport/trad area.

Getting There 

From Taos, go north on highway 522 to Arroyo Hondo about 10 miles. Turn left at Arroyo Hondo. Follow dirt road about 2 miles, bearing right at fork. Almost down at the Rio Grande River, a small basalt roadside wall appears on right just after bridge over the Rio Hondo. There are about 20 routes. There are hot springs about 1/4 mile downstream on the western bank of the Rio Grande. To enjoy the Black Rock Spring, turn Left after the bridge and drive up this road to park at the first turn. Follow a faint trail downstream. Bring a trashbag and do your part to keep it clean, favor.

Climbing Season

For the John Dunn Bridge Area area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in John's Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for John's Wall:
The Houston S   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For John's Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Good route, spicy start

Route 66 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  NM : Taos Area : ... : John's Wall
This left-facing corner is an obvious line on John's.A bouldery crux at the bottom is unprotected for about 15', or use a stick clip to clip the first bolt of Easter Rising. It looks like the holds are positive, but many are slopers. With a stickclip, this climb is well-protected with no unusual risk. If you don't want to clip the bolt, it's only another foot or two until the first good gear placement: a hand size cam. Might feel hard for its original 5.7 grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Dan Greenwald
Jan 8, 2011
Found gear on 01/08/11.

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