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West face of Lost Spectacle.

Description 

Name's origin: According to Reed Cundiff, "Climb is named 'Lost Spectacle' since Charles (Bill) Williams lost a lens out of his glasses on the first ascent from the notch around 1956."

Lost Spectacle is a 200 foot pinnacle just to the north of La Luz Trail. A deep narrow notch separates Lost Spectacle from north side of Upper La Cueva Canyon. Mike Hill's guide indicates routes on all sides.


Getting There 

Hike the La Luz Trail from above or below. Less than one mile below the 5 mile point, the trail will skirt the west face of Lost Spectacle; the trail is just out of sight below the photo.


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Featured Route For Lost Spectacle
Southeast face of Lost Spectacle mid-morning in early-spring; South Ridge route is closest.

South Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Lost Spectacle
South Ridge route is two or three pitches long - three if one starts climbing right off the trail. We did it in two pitches by first scrambling and bushwhacking to a ledge with a medium sized pine tree at the bottom of a short left-leaning open book.On the climb, we stayed on the south ridge but by doing so there was limited opportunity to set up a belay at our halfway point. It might work to set up a belay at trees mid-way up the SE face (visible in photo). Top out via the horn with a few pr...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Reed Cundiff
Sep 15, 2009

Climb is named "Lost Spectacle" since Charles "Bill" Williams lost a lens out of his glasses on the first ascent from the notch around 1956. Bill and Hank Tendall were the sparkplugs on the TWA wreck.
Dave Hammack and I did the first ascent from the La Luz side (south ridge) around 1960. I got to a point where I had real problems, so I put in a piton, used it for a handhold to get to a ledge. Was able to reach down and retrieve it and didn't tell Dave. He got where I had put in the piton and couldn't work out how to get up further. He was 5" taller and one heck of a good climber. He finally saw the piton scar and I am afraid that I didn't know he had the vocabulary that he used to describe climbers that sandbag their partners