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The Knifeblade is the formation with the sharp are...


A free standing granite tower located just south of the Tombstone. The established routes are on the west face and northwest arete so it sunny in the afternoons and shady in the morning.

Getting There 

Approach as for the tombstone. Once you're about 2/3 of the way down to the base of the Tombstone (coming from the top of that formation) trash a short ways over to the base of the Knifeblade. The approach from the crest parking is 20-30 minutes.

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Featured Route For The Knifeblade

Dancing on the Moon 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : The Knifeblade
Start on the NW corner of the formation below a knifeblade. Climb up just right of the arete. Clip the fixed gear and climb the arete through the lower crux section in the first 30 feet. Continue up the arete or just to the right making sure to not miss any gear opportunities. The second crux comes at about 70-80ft up on the technical and exposed upper arete. After the crux continue on easier 5.10 terrain to the top and a fixed anchor. The climb seems to be in the 5.11+ range by consensuses...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By BlahBlahBlah
Jul 12, 2009

I bailed on an older hex on this formation...it's purple and cool. If anyone grabs it I'd be willing to compensate for it. It has emotional value to me. Thanks. And, what was I trying to climb there?