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Several quality routes of "moderate" difficulty (5.8 to 5.11-) ascend this prominent formation.
South Rock is the first rock encountered walking north from the parking area.
You can rappel down either the north or the south side rappels with a single 60m rope (~28m rappel for either way).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Rock:
Yikes Dikes 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Unknown (South Face Right) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Zig Zag Man 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Alias The Martian 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Unknown (South Face Left) 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Surface Tension 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 190'
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Airy Scary 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 NM : Taos Area : ... : South Rock
The name says it all. (Although it originally had no name.)Start below a small triangular roof, pull up to a solid-looking 1/4" bolt. Face climb up to a roof (pro in crack) and traverse right on solid flakes, or take a more direct line with scarcer pro, to a roof below a piton. Turn the roof which is surprisingly easy and protects well with a nut. From the piton to the next bolt up and right is the technical but well-protected crux with off-balance moves (AIRY!). Up from here past a 2nd pit...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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