New Kids on the Block
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This teenage heartthrob of the late 1980s made many a 13-year old girl scream.
This is a good warm-up for the harder climbs to the left, and from the ledge at the top, you can set topropes on the 3 adjacent climbs to the left.
Crimp and sidepull your way up to a 2-bolt anchor on a big ledge. It's fun climbing, with a few great pocket holds that turn out to be even better than they first appear that allow you to shake out.
A 4 bolt extension to this route called Inchworm Arete continues up the arete above this ledge to another 2-bolt anchor (5.8). You can climb this as 2 pitches, or as one long pitch (a 60m rope is long enough to reach all the way up and lower back to the ground). This extension isn't shown in the RC:NM guidebook.
The right-most route on Dirt Wall. Starts just left of a block.
4 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor on a ledge (shared with Little Caterpillar). Another 4 bolts if continuing up Inchworm Arete.
|Comments on New Kids on the Block
|By Bob Broilo|
From: Socorro, NM
Jan 5, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
The extension (or 2nd pitch if you break it up) is called "Inchworm Arete" 5.8/9, put up by Andy Mayer in October 1996. Nice exposure between bolts 2 and 3 beyond the New Kids ledge, a very cool section of climbing. Andy considered putting in two more bolts, one here and one before the anchor. He may have added those after the last time I climbed it (a long time ago) but didn't notate it if he did. The runouts didn't seem too bad.