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Feb 19, 2014
Hi All!

My girlfriend and I are possibly moving to Albuquerque for graduate school at UNM in the fall. We will be visiting the school in the middle of March for a long weekend. We would like to spend one day each checking out the city/places to live, the school, and the climbing. Looks like there are a ton of good climbing areas around the city. Does anyone have some suggestions for good local climbing to check out? Bouldering and/or sport climbing would be easiest and preferably within an 1hr or so from Albuquerque. Thank you for the suggestions!

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Feb 19, 2014
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I'll leave it to other people to describe the rope climbing, but the bouldering you'd be wanting to check out is either the stuff in the sandia foothills, sharp grainy slabby granite of mixed quality but some good locals stuff, or the pond at ponderosa, steep problems v3-11 on welded tuff of dramatically varied rock quality that can also be rough on the hands.

the box in socorro has fantastic bouldering but is more like an hr and 15 from abq.
Owen Summerscales
From Los Alamos, NM
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Feb 19, 2014
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Diablo Canyon has some great long sport routes. Ken Jones
From Grants, NM
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Mar 2, 2014
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Hit up these guys
White Rock has single pitch trad and sport ~1.5 hours away
Diablo Canyon
The Box in Socorro is good.
Jemez area climbing is pretty with nearby hot springs.
From Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Mar 2, 2014
Palomas is less than an hour drive with a 30 min hike. Over 100 sport routes, but you have to pick them carefully, as there are some fantastic ones and also plenty of crap. It is South facing limestone that ranges from featureless friction slab to hard steep stuff. Grades are .7 to .14-. Not my favorite place, but it is quality. the schmuck
From Albuquerque, NM
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