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Roughly, Pinnacle Valley lies west of the Sandia Crest between The Needle to the north and Chimney Canyon to the south. Established climbing areas within Pinnacle Valley include from north to south: The Anvil, Wildflower Wall, The Watchtower, The Tombstone, and The Knifeblade. Many of the climbing areas are on west facing rock and so tend to be shady until mid-day.
In most cases, the shortest approach begins by heading north from the Crest parking lot and communication towers along the North Crest Trail. Another beginning is at a dirt pullover on the east side of the highway just below the tower complex, then head up hill to the North Crest Trail.
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West Face Traverse 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Tombstone
Route finding will probably not be much of an issue on this route. The first pitch is likely the crux.Pitch 1: Climb the obvious weakness in the corner to a ledge. Traverse north on the ledge to the far side of the west face.Pitch 2: Take the easiest line up and trending right....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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