BETA PHOTO: The west side of Pino Wall, Sandia Mountains, New ...
Pino Wall is roughly 500 feet tall and stands immediately east and a little south of the Jawbone summit (i.e., south of the upper tram terminal). Pino Wall has a 'nose' which divides the wall into a west side and an east side. The west side faces SW while the east side has a more south-facing aspect. Hence, the east side is in full sun much earlier in the day compared to the west side.
One can view the west face of Pino Wall by climbing Jawbone's North Ridge Route. However, if you are going on foot to the base of Pino Wall anyway then there is a less involved viewpoint described in the "Getting There" section for Pino Wall. Pino Wall Route and Bad Fun ascend the west side of the wall.
The east side is probably viewable by heading south along the Crest Trail. Both License and a Visa and Desert Man ascend the east side of the wall.
Many parts of Pino Wall have excellent rock quality. However, there are loose areas such as around the last pitch or so of Pino Wall Route.
There are at least three ways to get to the base of Pino Wall. The best option depends on the climbing plans for the day.
- Rap Pino Wall Route on the wall's west side. The rap from pitch 3 works with unusually long double ropes, or by passing a couple knots on rappel, or by building and leaving a gear anchor near the top of the second pitch (double ropes may still be necessary). Bolted anchors may need fresh webbing. Also, great care is required to not release rock fall. See Marc Beverly's ?? comment for approaching and doing the rap.
- On the east side of the wall, Rap License and a Visa with double ropes. This descent can be done in three clean double-rope rappels. See License and a Visa.
- Hike down the couloir on the west end of the wall. Start from the aspen stand in the broad saddle between Jawbone and the crest ridge as described in the approach for Pino Wall & Jawbone. The remainder of this section describes this all-boot approach.
Continue by descending south down a steep gully or couloir. Tend a little towards the skier's right (west) side of the couloir, staying in rock fields to minimize stickery bushwhacking. It can be tricky to know and/or see where to tend back to the center of the coulier. The descent of the coulier ends when one is level with or (hopefully) at the top of a roughly 40 foot high cliff band. This narrow cliff band spans the center of the coulier and so is a barrier to further descent on foot down the very middle of the couloir. From the top center of the cliff band traverse east on 3rd class terrain and finally work down a large low-angle slot to the base of Pino Wall.
For a good view of the west face of Pino Wall, bypass the cliff band on skier's right (west) side to a point approximately level with the bottom of the cliff band. Pino Wall route can be viewed from a large rounded rock ("viewing rock") surrounded by bushes. One can then return to the top of the cliff band. Alternately, one might be able to bushwhack down, across, and then back up to the east side of the couloir to the base of the wall.
To return to the aspen stand of the Pino Wall & Jawbone approach
from near the top of Pino Wall route: hike up for roughly 50 yards and then stay approximately level while trending left on relatively easy off-trail terrain through groves of Scrub Oak.
Weather station 2.1 miles from here
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pino Wall:
Dust to Dust 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'
Red Dawn 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 480'
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License and a Visa 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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This line will likely see more sun than any route in the Sandias as you can see the orange orb rise over the eastern horizon and set in the west from on top of the climb! You might even be able to climb in the winter at 10,000 feet. Bullet rock the whole way. There's no closer climbing in proximity with this quality of rock to the Tram in the Sandias...so far. It's also the first major line put up on this face that has been recorded. The name comes from a funny story where I my driver's license ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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BETA PHOTO: South Face of the Pino Wall. Routes are shown from...
By Patrick Vernon
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jul 1, 2014
The approach to Pino wall is quite short from the tram terminal, probably only 15-20 minutes when you have it dialed. Take the crest trail south from the tram terminal through the woods. After about 5 minutes on the right there is a faint rocky trail to the crest. Take this to the crest and then find the hard to see two cinder block supports mentioned in the guidebook about 200 feet southeast along the crest. Just before the blocks is a small cairn marking the proper descent from the crest. Follow this down with relative ease, and follow cairns through the pricker bushes to the taller trees on top of the wall. Keep following cairns and descending to a ledge that you have to down-climb onto with blots on the wall to the skiers right. This is the start of the raps down License and a Visa, and into a world of quality rock and fun climbing. The bolts on top of Red Dawn are further down the ridge after some exposed 4th class downlcimbing.