BETA PHOTO: Hinterlands topo
A compact cragging area with cracks of all sizes and variety. The routes are on the short side, 70 feet or less, with a good variety making for a nice introduction to Capulin climbing. Despite the name, the area has one of the shorter approaches in Capulin but that is not to say it's an easy approach...one must still descend all the way down to the canyon and still do the energy-sapping hike out at the end of the day.
The Hinterlands are in a south-facing corner and, like nearly all of the Capulin climbing, bakes in the sun. But because it's a corner the routes on the right side of the area are shaded for a bit in the morning and the routes on the left side shaded in the afternoon.
To reach The Hinterlands, approach as shown on the approach beta photo.
Once in the bottom of the canyon, go upstream (west) beyond the Capulet Side Canyon
until you're just below the Hinterlands area. Head right out of the drainage more or less straight up to the wall. There's not a clearly-established trail up to the base of the wall but the most common "trail" is up a washed-out drainage. Look for cairns. From the car, the approach will take about 30 minutes.
Weather station 6.3 miles from here
13 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Rumo 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 47'
The Viking 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 85'
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Tuning Fork 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c NM
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A really cool, solid jamming route to a bouldery finish at the double "tuning fork" cracks. Scramble up the gully to get on top of the block to the left. Reach across to place a #4 camalot and pull over to the crack and a tiny horizontal edge. Big hands to steep hand jamming goes up to the fork. Take the left fork, place high gear and make moves up both cracks to some good holds and a mantle up to the anchor. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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