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Mexican Breakfast Crack 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Doug Bridgers, Wayne Taylor: June 1974
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Submitted By: George Perkins on Nov 16, 2007

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Paul Horak


Mexican Breakfast Crack is a high quality and clean crack with a wild crux traverse under a big roof, although much of the climb is somewhat widish, as with parts of English Breakfast Crack in Yosemite. Certainly, trad climbers in both NM and California eat cracks like this for breakfast!

Pitch 1: Follow the clean left-facing corner under the right side of the big roof as it widens from big-hands to fist to offwidth. Sustained 5.8 to this point, but since there's so few OWs to practice on in the Sandias (or elsewhere in NM), the wider section "feels" harder. When you reach the roof, suck up your huevos and traverse out the right side with unusual memorable moves (5.9) providing the crux of the route, placing pro in the crack just underneath the roof. Some may consider this a sandbag at 5.9. Belay at a stance about 6' up after traversing out from this roof, as the rope drag starts to become muy heinous. #3 camalot or #4 camalot is an obvious piece at this belay (smaller stuff should work too).

Pitch 2: Continue up wide crack 5.8 over a big block, then follow the same wide crack up and right over easier terrain to top of the formation to reach aspen trees for anchor.

Done with Breakfast and still have an appetite? Should be plenty of time to find Mountain Momma for lunch..

One rope would reach from ground to top, so you could do the whole route in a single pitch, but rope drag would give you indigestion unless you didn't place any pro protecting the crux.


This climb is the right side under the big roof on Mexican Breakfast Formation.


Thin hand-crack size cams! 2 each 1.5" size
Hand-crack size cams! 2 each 2" size
Fist-crack size cams! 2 each 3" size
Offwidth-crack size cams! 2 or 3 total. (the largest useful size is a #4 camalot/#5 friend)

About 1 each smaller cams and nuts. Don't need tiny TCUs or micronuts.

Photos of Mexican Breakfast Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Dave Baltz on MBC, Turantula is crack climb on the face to the left
Dave Baltz on MBC, Turantula is crack climb on the...
Dan B. on the classic first pitch.
Dan B. on the classic first pitch.
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By Mick S
From: Sandia Park, NM
Jun 25, 2008

Clark, nice photo of Paul Horak. What year was it taken? Looks like an all Hex ascent.

By bob bickford
Feb 18, 2009

Great route, I remember asking my friend John as I was running out the layback section, are you sure this is a 5.8?

By Jeremy Aslaksen
From: Albuquerque, NM
Nov 29, 2011

Might be a bit harder than you expect.


CLASSIC route for sure.

AWESOME location.

Dig it.

Jeremy Aslaksen