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The South and Southeast Face of the East Ridge of Tijeras Peak, known as the Mark Rothko Wall, is part of an isolated cirque high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It saw its apparent first ascent by Brad McCullough, Josh Schneck and Jim Disney on September 4, 1988 with "Vertical Study in Grays and Browns": www.summitpost.org/route/178728/South-Face-Mark-Rothko-Wall->>>
Provisions can be had in the fine little town of Westcliffe. From there, drive south on Hwy 69 for 4+ miles to Rd 119 and continue south till you get to a T intersection. Turn left going east, the road will turn back south. This is [Music] Pass Road, still 119. Follow it about 5 miles through many curves to a sizeable parking area. You will need a low end 4WD from this point to continue roughly west on FR 329 for 3 miles to the trailhead. From here, it's a 4 mile hike to Lower Sand Creek Lake. TR 903 will take you over Music Pass. Once in the Sand Creek Valley, TR903 connects with TR743, continue west to an intersection leading to a crossing. This takes you SW to Lower Sand Creek Lake.
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Wild, Immaculate 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13 CO : Alpine Rock : Tijeras Peak
The first pitch of Wild, Immaculate is on superb rock. Start on a crack which leads to a bit of face climbing and find your way back into a higher crack. This ends below a horizontal roof. Pull over and find a line of bolts to the diagonal ledge. --> The five bolts on the face climbing are 1 7/8" X 5/16" and could stand to have a sixth bolt installed. If you would like to improve on these bolts, bring your bolting kit.To descend, rap from the bolted (two 2 1/2" X 3/8") anchor of th...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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