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BETA PHOTO: Overview of The Dig with routes marked


The Dig is the left end of the Sunny Side cliffband. So-named for an archealogical excavation that took place here some years back, uncovering numerous prehistoric artifacts.

The Dig features long, hard, and sustained, overhanging routes on pretty low-end rock. Most routes start out steep, and trend toward the vertical as one ascends. This is generally a hard-man's area, though the cliff does feature the best warm-up on the Sunny Side (The Dig).

From left to right, routes here are:
1. 2001, 5.12a
2. Something Profound, 5.12c
3. Gluttony, 5.12d
4. Down in a Hole, 5.13b
5. Up From Below, 5.13c
6. Envy, 5.13c
7. La Primera, 5.11d
8. The Dig, 5.11a

Getting There 

From the end of the Sunny Side approach, walk left (East) along the cliff base for 100 yds. Hint: you should not walk through any cactus to reach this cliff. You will be walking uphill along the cliff for a bit. Once the cliff base begins to descend, you have reached the Dig. The first route encountered is "The Dig"

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dig:
The Dig   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 75'   
Gluttony   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 75'   
Down in a Hole   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 75'   
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Cooling down on The Dig

The Dig 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NM : New Mexico, other Southern ... : ... : The Dig
This excellent line is the best warmup option for the Sunny Side, and may be the best route at the crag. A few sequential moves lead to a two foot roof and good jugs. Its best to clip the 2nd bolt from this stance, although it is a difficult clip if the draw isn't in place. Above the 2nd bolt is the power crux which features a series of 3 shouldery reaches, and finally a great set of jugs at the 4th bolt.From the great rest, the route heads right with a balancey, slab-style crux, that eventua...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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