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The Candle is a striking slender 90' pinnacle to the north of Muralla Grande. As far as small spires in the Sandias go, this one's really impressive, and is gained by a great 5.6 climb. It is located just north of the larger Cake tower, and both are commonly climbed together.
From the Crest, follow the Chimney Canyon Trail to the aspen grove above Muralla Grande. Wander into the pines to the north, and drop off to the west down the "CC Couloir". There's no obvious trail. Keep occasionally peeking over the ridge to the south, to spy the obvious spire of the Candle. The last part is steeper, and may have short 3rd class sections, as you drop down to the west side of the Candle.
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For an easy 1-pitch climb in the Sandias, the SE Corner (SE Ridge) has it all: great exposure, fun moves, and a wonderful summit. (Seriously. I can't think of many individual pitches 5.7 or under in the Sandias that are as good as this one.)From the west side of the Cake and Candle, climb up to the notch between the two towers. The Candle is to your left. Start on the Candle by hand traversing to its right-hand edge. Follow the crack system on the exposed arete, passing 2 pitons. There are ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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