This is a beautiful west facing crag that gets morning shade, afternoon sun, offers solitude and stellar climbing that is a change if you are tipped out on the pocket pulling sport routes that Cochiti is so well known for. The routes are longer, less crowded, and tucked away in a spiritual and very rugged setting. If adventure crack climbing is one of your passions, this crag is a must. It is comprised of the same tuff formation of the main area. The rock is solid and clean. The cracks are filled with sanadine and offer good protection. There is still plenty of new route potential for those willing to put the work in. Watch out for cactus and rattle snakes when adventuring into this area and bring plenty of water.
From the north band main area, locate the boulder with Laurels Climb and locate a faint trail heading down to the west. Once you travel down some boulders and under a large fallen tree, then head north traversing the rugged hillside filled with cactus and loose rock for about a quarter mile. Once you have located the varnished darker columns, continue up the slope to the wall and traverse the base until you come to Inchworm. This is where the climbs begin.
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Eternal Spring 5.10+ Trad, 1 pitch, 113 feet
Featured Route For The Dihedrals
Begin this awesome climb by ascending a short moderate section up to a large ledge with some oak trees. From here continue up the clean right facing hand crack to a pod flare(crux). Once you work past the flare , enjoy the sustained hands to the top. Use tape on this one. It resembles climbing in Indian Creek but the crack walls are a lot rougher on the hands and feet. Sustained at the grade....[more] Browse More Classics in NM