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The Playground is a 60 foot south-facing basalt cliff. Numerous moderate to difficult crack and face climbs ascend the cliff. Routes at this area are not bolted (by agreement), so be sure to bring your gear to lead. While route bolts are strictly verboten, anchor bolts are allowed. However, the last anchor bolts to be installed (over Beginner's Hand Jam) were chopped and few currently exist, so many climbs require trad gear to establish anchors.
To get to the Playground from NM state road 4, turn south on Rover blvd. After about 100 yards, take a left on Meadow lane. Follow this street (it will slowly curve south) passing the turnoff for the Overlook, and continue to 719 Meadow Lane. Park near by, being careful not to block mailboxes or driveways (several residents have complained in the past). Take the public access trail between 719 and 721 Meadow Lane. From here, turn right and walk toward the rim of the canyon. Follow the rim for 300 yards and locate an approach gully with a 30 foot basalt tower on it's left side. At the bottom of this gully is the Playground.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Playground:
Texas 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Beginner's Hand Jam 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Blow Hole 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Flying A 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Unrelenting Nines 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
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Flying A 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : The Playground
This White Rock mini classic may just send you flying.Stem up a "phone booth" chimney and exit it using a reachy crimp to a good stance (1st crux) and a few feet of easy finger crack to a no-hands stem rest. Make a tricky step left and follow a beautiful thin finger crack using edges on the face to the left, or lieback off the right wall, with TCUs or nuts for pro in the thin finger crack. Committing to a thin section just after the corner changes to the left side is probably the psychological ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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