|Southern Comfort Wall
This route climbs crack systems to the right of Black Velvet.
P1: Start up a thin left facing corner. The crux is about 15' up where the crack thins out and you're forced onto the face to the left. Above another tricky section takes you to easier ground and a bolted belay. 90', 5.8+
P2: Climb the crack past a fixed pin to a ledge. The R&I topo showed a variation to the left at 5.8+ but we took the right hand crack, past another fixed pin, to a ramp at the right side of the Black Velvet roof. Follow this easily right to a rap anchor.
Start about 25' right of Black Velvet
We had a single 60m rope and rapped diagonally right over to a tree with a nest of old slings and then again to the ground. With two ropes you wouldn't need to stop at the tree.
Standard rack, maybe a few extra small cams.
Unknown climber just below the crux of Margaritavi...
|By Aaron Hobson|
From: Las Cruces, NM
Nov 6, 2006
Instead of rappelling diagonally to the right to the tree, you can tend slightly left and you can just barely reach a belay ledge with bolt-anchors (belay ledge for the route, Wild Turkey and "Zombie").
|By Karl Kiser|
Dec 16, 2006
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c
The 5.8+ is the original rating for the first pitch and probably a bit of a sandbag. The crux moves are at the top of the first pitch where the crack stops. If one goes a little left (easy 5.9) and if one goes straight up (easy 5.10).
|By Kevin Dahlstrom|
From: Fort Worth, TX
Feb 27, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
We thought this route was better than Black Velvet. Sustained and elegant climbing. It felt about 5.9 to me.
|By Marta Reece|
From: Las Cruces, NM
Dec 17, 2013
Charlie Cundiff's rating on his topo is 5.9+. I'd say the crux (going straight up, I didn't see another way) is about a point harder than anything you will find on Black Velvet. It is possible to avoid it by starting one corner farther to the right, but then you will have a small roof to content with. It is still somewhat easier though, and more protectable.