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Description 

The upper cliff band is really an extension of the North Cliff Band of Cochiti Mesa. Its on the far left (north) end of Cochiti's North Cliffband. Routes here tend to be longer than most other routes on the North and South cliffbands.

This crag is a really great place to toprope, as it is particularly easy to setup TRs, and several routes can only be climbed on TR.


Getting There 

Two approaches are possible. The most common is to continue NW along the base of the Cochiti Mesa North Cliffband, past OMS and Pickpocket, along a newly trimmed trail that ascends up and switches back just below the cliff.

The other option is to rappel in. This is especially nice if you are toproping. Approach as for Cochiti Mesa, but instead of downclimbing to the cliff base, continue NW along the cliff top. When you are above Holy Wars, Montana Deviate, etc, head back into the woods (NE), and pickup a newly constructed trail marked with pink surveyors tape. Follow this trail to the top of the upper cliff band.


3 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Cliff Band:
The Boya from La Jolla Who Stepped on a Cholla   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Upper Cliff Band
On 'The Boya...'  The line climbs the left face of the large dihedral.  I have always climbed this as though the right wall of the dihedral were 'off'.  Low on the route the right wall of the dihedral can be useful.  Higher up the natural line veers left, away from the dihedral.

The Boya from La Jolla Who Stepped on a Cholla 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NM : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : ... : Upper Cliff Band
This is the best route in the area, and probably one of the best 5.11s at Cochiti. The route ascends beautiful dark brown stone, with long cerebral moves. The crux comes low on the route, but its quite sustained throughout....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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