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This is the cliff section to the SE from the downclimb. With roughly 35 routes, this area offers numerous TR possibilities, and a wide diversity of climbing styles, from difficult thin slabs, to 5.13 cracks, to wild overhangs.
From the downclimb, head SE, or left. Some routes are approached from rappel from the mesa rim. For these routes, skip the downclimb and head SE along the rim trail.
15 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Cliffband:
Just Say No to Crack 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, 50'
Another Lichen Nightmare 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Dynabolic 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 70'
The Prow 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Dreamscape 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Shadowdancer 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For South Cliffband
Shadowdancer 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b NM : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : ... : South Cliffband
This is regarded by many as the best route at Cochiti Mesa. Slightly overhanging, with excellent rock, and deep, positive pockets, its hard to argue with that assessment. Due to the overhanging nature, this line is much more pumpy than most Cochiti routes, and the ability to quickly identify the best sequence is critical.There are two ways to climb this route, which accounts for the split grade. However, the various area guidebooks disagree on which way is harder. The route begins by climbin...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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