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Submitted By: LeeAB on Oct 15, 2008
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Relatively sheltered compared to the other Ponderosa areas. Lots of big trees providing shade, and reasonably wind free. Rock quality varies dramatically in this area, from really good to awfully bad depending on where you are.

Getting There 

Continue past The Pond parking on the forest service road, past the campground, through some switch backs, eventually cutting across a hillside that rises on your right. Look through the trees to your left for a buried water tank, it looks like a satellite dish flipped upside down. Turn onto a faint side road that goes past this and turns to near parallel the main road in the bottom of the valley, eventually deadending at a triangular shaped boulder about 12-15' tall. Park and climb. The turn off is about 4 miles from where the road turns to dirt or 1 mile past the silver gate that can close off the road. The side road is also recognizable by a couple of piles of granite blocks that are right by the side of the road where the FS has tried to block this side road.

If you come to a hair pin turn in the back of the valley going left, you have gone too far. Some areas here are actually better approached from above this hair pin and will be detailed in those areas.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Satellite:
Pinball Simulator/ First Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Pinball Simulator Area
Scoop   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Pinball Simulator Area
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Scoop V7-8 7B  NM : Jemez Valley Area : ... : Pinball Simulator Area
Really the only bad thing about this problem is how low the start is.Start from a SDS off of a positive 8 finger edge. Move up edges to the base of the scoop feature. Make a long move out left to a knob and mantle into the scoop to reach a knob. From here figure out how to move into the crack and stand up. Once you are standing you should be all good....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Dec 7, 2009
If anyone knows names or FA info, let me know and I will update that information.
By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
Dec 31, 2009
Ooops, put some under "Pinball Simulator". Hopefully you'll see that.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Jan 25, 2010
is the gate closed this time of year?

Thanks in advance.
By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Jan 25, 2010
I'm going to guess that it is closed at this point. It is usually open through christmas time and it was open the week after for sure, but we've had a good bit of snow since then so I'd imagine it is closed. The gate that is closed is a fair ways up the road though and the turn off is only about a mile past the gate (silver one) so even if the gate is closed it might not be too bad to get up there.

You could always check with the Jemez NF Ranger District station (575)829-3535.
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