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This summit lies southeast of Torreon. From a distance it sort of gets lost in the maze of walls and spires in Upper La Cueva Canyon.
We approached from the La Luz; continue down the switchbacks past Donald Duck. Once at the switchback that puts you below the Fin, bushwack north to the western base of the rock.
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Lost Hole 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Rat's Rock
This is a spicy backcountry adventure, with a somewhat worrisome amount of loose rock and wedged blocks. Described by Hill (1993:152-153) as a 5.7, but that rating would probably be considered a sandbag these days. We climbed it according to his pitch breakdown, but obviously some could be combined with today's longer ropes.P1, climb a right-facing dihedral to a nice ledge at 95 feet.P2, trend right under some fun overhangs. Belay on a ledge at 95 feet (sorta manky rock, though), or continue ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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