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Runway (Lower Tier)

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Runway (Lower Tier)  

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Located on the central part of the Early wall, this crag is at the lowest point along the cliff band and provides the longest single pitch routes on great quality lower tier rock, and access to some routes on the upper tier. This crag sees sun for about an hour or two in the early morning making it a great warm weather destination. Routes tend to be challenging, tenuous, sustained, and contain multiple cruxes. A great training ground for the experienced sport climber.

Getting There 

A new trail (fall 2012) has been established that takes one to The Runway quite directly via a nicely graded path. The new trail starts in the arroyo straight across from the trail to the Winter Wall. The trail heads west and traverses straight to the base of the Runway.

Alternatively, the historical approach is to scramble up loose crappy scree to the Grotto. At the top of the steep and loose scree and talus, head east (left) along the base of the north-aspect Early wall and when you hit the lowest point of the cliff, you are at the beginning of it.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Runway (Lower Tier):
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Learning to Fly   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ergo   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   
Top Gun   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   
Stone Temple Pilot   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Mocos Locos   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Aviatrix   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Airfoil   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Holding Pattern   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Aerostar   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Flight Simulator   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Turbulence   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Right Stuff   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Amy near the top of Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  NM : Santa Fe Area : ... : Runway (Lower Tier)
This is a FANTASTIC addition to the Runway Wall. I was really excited over how great the movement and rock quality turned out on this line. A MUST DO!!!!Start up a sweet hand crack over a bulge. Climb through really fun, steep, and technical dihedrals, pull another steep roof onto great, pumpy, face climbing all the way to the anchors. The crux is getting through the dihedrals, up onto the face, and to the bowling-ball-hold rest. A real thinker....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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