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- HVS 4c NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Out of Darkness Slabs
This slab climb is located on one of the low angle slabs and is located about 100 feet from the Domingo Baca trail. See the photos of the location in www.nmcrag.org/Domingo_baca.pdf.The route starts under two large oak trees that are at the base of this slab and climbs "Out of the Darkness" onto the slab. The crux is near the first bolt at tree level, but is easily dispatched. Step left at the first bolt to a series of water pockets and climb these huge buckets another 20-30 feet until yo...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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