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By Daniel Trugman
From: La Jolla, CA
Sep 13, 2010
The downclimb is not *that* bad, but it's still likely the trickiest in White Rock. If you don't like the looks of the downclimb described above, you can also scramble down the blocks about ten feet skier's left of the blank plaque/bench. This is more like 3rd class and less exposed, but is slightly loose.
To be clear, there are two distinct subareas of the Main Wall:
One subarea is climber's left of the "official" approach, and includes routes 1 -17. Some of the climbs, (at least the ones left of #7, maybe some others), face southwest, and therefore are climbable on summer mornings. The rest of the routes face southeast.
The other is climber's right of the "official", and includes routes 18 - 21. This area is directly below the bench/plaque. The climbs here face south, but there are enough deep dihedrals that they are relatively shady on summer mornings.
Both subareas are climber's left of the alternative approach I described.
I agree with the comments on the main Pajarito Gorge page; there are some really good climbs here, and the area is well worth a visit or two.
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