A nice slab with a pleasant, flat belay stance under a shady group of scrub-oak. This will be appreciated on a warm day, as the sun directly blasts the rock here. It may not be appreciated on a colder day, however. It will also be welcome after the bush wacked scramble from the trail to the base of the slab. There are at least four named climbs on this crag, according to the online guidebook. To the far right is Slab Sacrilege, and just left of this, heading between two trees, is Out of Darkness.
There are a number of ways that you could probably get you to this crag from the trail. Bill Lawry notes the best way of getting there is to leave the canyon trail before a delapidated stone structure comes into view. From the canyon trail, one mostly heads straight up hill to Out of Darkness Slab, perhaps trending a little (but not much) to the left as one goes up. The last time I was up there, navigating the cacti, cholla, and other sharp unfriendly natives was the crux. However, rumor has it that the trail may be improving.
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Out of Darkness 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 120'
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Slab Sacrilege 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Out of Darkness Slabs
This slab route is located just right of Out of Darkness. See that description for additional details. If you have ever climbed in Yosemite or Squamish, calling this a "slab" is indeed sacriledge. Finishes on same hand crack as "Out of Darkness".My ratings drift a bit as some of the crystals that were at the start of the route are no longer. The crux is between bolts 1 and 2 and is face climbing on small crystals and ledges.There is no ground fall risk IF your belayer is paying attention and is ne...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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