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Muralla Grande 


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Location: 35.2152, -106.455 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Jan 22, 2006
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Description 

This massive cliff face, easily seen from the city of Albuquerque, stands just beneath the communcations towers in upper Chimney Canyon. The rock wall boasts many long, quality routes.


Getting There 

At the North End of the crest parking lot, locate a prominent trail that skirts just around the fence. Follow it, as it slowly winds you down toward the limestone band near the top of the crest. This prominent trail continues along the limestone band for about 10 minutes or so, than you will come upon an intersection. Go left, heading towards hilltop of aspen, this is the summit of Muralla Grande.

As you are hiking on a nice trail you will come upon a trail junction in the aspen grove, there is a junction of two trails. The straight ahead or barely angling left (South/SE) branch goes down the correct approach gully (this appears less well traveled initially). The right branch (West/SW) goes to Muralla Grande summit (can take this one if you wish to leave anything at the summit where all the climbs end). DO NOT: Take the right branch (toward the summit), and ALSO forget to backtrack to the junction, or you WILL end up going down the looser gnarlier bushier gully instead.

Continue on the trail down the steep, rocky, chimney canyon (south, then west, or just DOWN), and you will see The Chimney to your left, and the rising face of Muralla Grande on your right. The Second Coming is directly on the South Face (and is in the sun for a good part of the day in fall and winter). Other climbs are on the main southwest face (continue down and around the formation).


Climbing Season


13 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',5],['5.10',3],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Muralla Grande:
La Selva   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   
The Second Coming   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   
Lawyers, Guns & Money   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 140'   
Warpy Moople   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   
Excitable Boys   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'   
Out to Lunch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   
Dire Straights   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   
Little Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'   
Rapture   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 600'   
Thunderbird   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   
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Carolyn Parker on the spectacular 4th pitch of Little Yellow Jacket

Little Yellow Jacket 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Muralla Grande
Pitch 1, Start on a steep red blunt arete, climb straight up through a bulge and exit left on to a steep slab. Climb up past bolts past a horizontal break, continue up a corner and exit right to easier climbing and the belay, 110ft 10+/11-. Pitch 2, Move up and left staying out of the corner on clean face climbing to gain a pin. Aim for a short L facing corner, climb the corner and exit R to a ledge, a few more moves up and left gains the belay, 115ft 5.10a. Pitch 3- Straight up corner 40ft, man...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Anthony Stout
Administrator
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 11, 2007

Thanks George for that clarification. I added your comments to the "getting there" section above. Please let me know if you have any more comments!

Tony

By Christopher Marks
From: okc
Nov 28, 2007

What is the bolted line to the left of Second Coming? Looked like new bolts and at least 2-3 bolted belays?

By Anthony Stout
Administrator
From: Albuquerque, NM
Nov 28, 2007

It is called Rapture, although I don't know much more about it than its name.