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Mosaic Rock

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Baby Cakes T 
Better Red Than Dead T 
Bienvenidos T 
Black Streak T 
Chicken Heads T 
Chicken Shit T 
Clean Green Dream T 
Cryin' in the Rain T 
Dirty Black Nightmare T 
Dirty Diagonal T 
Dung Alley T 
Five Years After T 
Fried Chickens T 
Holthouse to Hell T 
Mama Jugs T 
Ocho Diamentes (Tech-No-Star) S 
Rite of Summer Dreams T 
Seaman Girl T 
Serpent Face T 
Serpentine Crack T 
Summer Dreams T 
Suprise-Suprise T 
Techtonics T,S 
Techweenie S 
To Bolt on Lead or Not to Bolt (TBOL) T 
Unknown (Left of Baby Cakes) T,S 
Unknown (Right of Mama Jugs) T,S 
Walking Dread T 

Mosaic Rock  

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Busy day on the south face of Mosaic Rock.

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The highest concentration of routes at Tres Piedras ascend the lovely south face of Mosaic Rock. This 200 ft tall cliff offers many excellent (mostly) single pitch climbs protected by bolts and gear.

Getting There 

Walk north from the parking area, past South Rock to the base of the formation.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mosaic Rock:
Chicken Shit   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Dirty Diagonal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Chicken Heads   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   
Fried Chickens   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
Mama Jugs   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
Serpentine Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Baby Cakes   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Clean Green Dream   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 140'   
Five Years After   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Unknown (Right of Mama Jugs)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 57'   
Bienvenidos   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Black Streak   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Better Red Than Dead   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Walking Dread   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Serpent Face   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Holthouse to Hell   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
Techtonics   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R     Trad, Sport, 75'   
To Bolt on Lead or Not to Bolt (TBOL)   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Techweenie   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 75'   
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Featured Route For Mosaic Rock
Serpent Face action.

Serpent Face 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  NM : Taos Area : ... : Mosaic Rock
Begin about 20 feet left of Serpentine Crack. Head up and then left to a bolt (stopper protects). Thin face up and left (crux) leads to a horizontal. From here you wander right and up and left and up and right passing more horizontals (thin gear necessary in these) and three more bolts. A little runnout getting to the last (4th) bolt (but not too hard). From the last bolt, head right and then up to reach a two bolt anchor/rap (100++ feet) which is shared with Serpentine Crack....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Stuart Turner
Jan 26, 2009
What's up with Holthouse Hallsack?
By Eric Whitbeck
Jun 18, 2012
Anyone know if TBOL, or whatever the left most of the four steep routes is called, was also put up by Doug and Lee? The first bolt is suspect, the second is a joke, and the large flake which looks like it would eat up a big cam is a bit hollow. Its fine for climbing but putting a cam back there is about as safe as the button head below. FA party opposed to upgrading the hardware? No additional gear and same placements, just modern?
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