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Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Moon
By: David Baltz When: Jul 6, 2016

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Comments: Except for one horrendously bad section of rock on the Cowcatcher, the rock quality in the Cirque of the Moon is exceptional. There is a single grassy camping spot in the entire cirque large enough for about two tents. The rest of the cirque is a boulder field. This area will not handle crowds!


Location: NM : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 18, 2016

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Comments: I think you're right Mark. We did it in 3 pitches on the FA. When I did it again with Paul, we broke up the 3rd pitch for photo opportunities and to ease rope drag. I definitely have a slide of someone on the 5.9 LB at the end of P1.


Location: NM : Taos Area : Questa Dome : Questa Dome : Tostadas Comquesta (5.10c PG13)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 14, 2016

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Comments: FA was 7/5/1979 by Paul Horak, Mike Head and Baltz. P3 direct was called 5.10c.


Location: NM : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 14, 2016

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Comments: From Horak's diary:
P1: Up cracks to an overhanging handjam (5.8) to a large loose-sounding rock, then hand traverse right then handjam right to a short but beautiful 5.9 lieback corner. [dB: beta does not show route up LB dihedral directly below 1st belay]
P2: Up 5.9 hand crack (5.10 says dB)to a flake on face, up to a belay.
P3: Left on face, then up cracks to a large ledge.
P4: Up crack to arête to top.

Single rope rap to bottom. Pro to 3".


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage : The Knobby (V0)
By: David Baltz When: Nov 12, 2015

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Comments: There are at least six problems on this rock, starting from right to left:

Right Arête - V2
unnamed - V1
Crystal face - V0-
Corner Arête - V1
Black Knob - V2/3
Left Arête - V0?

On the rock to the right of the Knob Boulder (used for the downclimb), there is a nice overhanging mantle problem --probably V2.

The next boulder/flake to the right jutting out of the stream is the Flake Hump -- probably V2/3


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande : Out to Lunch (5.10b PG13)
By: David Baltz When: Sep 14, 2015

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Comments: Another P5 variation: When I did it years ago with Horak, I led up and slightly right on face--never getting close to Warpy Moople--rejoining the OTL dihedral at the end of the pitch. I remember it being mostly 5.9 on excellent rock but with sparse pro.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Echo Canyon : Techweeny Buttress : Crankenstein (5.11)
By: David Baltz When: Sep 13, 2015

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Comments: Horak called it 11b in his log.
I thought it was really sustained!


Location: NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Unknown V3 (V3)
By: David Baltz When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: I don't recognize the boulder so it wasn't done back in the day AFAIK.


Location: NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Unknown V5 (V5)
By: David Baltz When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: I don't recognize the boulder so it wasn't done back in the day AFAIK.


Location: NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Breech Baby (5.11a) : Photo
By: David Baltz When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: Looks awesome!


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : East Slabs : Misty (5.8 R)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 20, 2015

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Comments: This used to be my favorite route at the East Slabs. I think it deserves at least 3 stars!

Bear Walk is an unlisted route a few yards to the right of Misty and is also a worthy route (5.8 PG-13 if I remember).

Also, The Drift was a very bold 5.10R slab around the corner to the left of Misty. Karl will have to add some description.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage : Free Cap'n (V5-6)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: Paul Horak and I also did the face to the left via the flake and some palmy/slopers for the left hand. Probably V4.

The classic offwidth crack further left is V0/1 depending on whether it is done as a LB or OW. It has a real ankle-buster fall!


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Juan Tabo PG : Rock House Mantle Boulder : Rock House Corner (V4)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: I believe this is a Gary Hicks FA, circa 1982.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo... : Wounded Knee arete (V3)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: The FA on this one was Paul Horak if I remember, circa 1979.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Lower Mound (western cluste... : Africa (V2)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: A layback with a verrrry high-step with the left foot! I'll claim the FA on this one, circa 1979.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : The Murray Highball (V4-)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: I'll claim credit for the FA on this one. Circa 1984.
I would call it closer to V2.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : The Manatee (V4-5)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: "... and I sure hope Mike Head did it on-site - as opposed to, say, in his basement! "

Good catch Mark.
On-sight, not on-site.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : Knob Problem (V3)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: The boulder behind is off limits. Just use the knob.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : Unknown (V3)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: Paul Horak and I did this and another harder problem 4 feet to the right in the early '80s. I recall one more problem squeezed in between these and the V1 mantle problem on the face to the right.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: This area has traditionally been called simply Embudo Canyon. It starts at the Rappel Wall entrance where the stream dries up, and ends at the Brachiation Rock. There are literally a couple hundred problems on both sides of the canyon, from the stream bed to high up the canyon sides.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Right Section : Thin Slice aka A Thin Slice... (5.10)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 25, 2015

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Comments: The route used to be a very nice 5.9(R) back in 1980 before a crucial flake broke off on the starting move off the ground. I would concur with the 10+ rating now.


Location: NM : Taos Area : Questa Dome : Questa Dome : Jonny Questa (5.10c R)
By: David Baltz When: Mar 29, 2010

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Comments: After reviewing Paul Horak's topo and notes, I realized the spelling of the name was incorrect and have changed it (removing the 'h' from Johnny). The route was named after a 1960's cartoon character, Jonny Quest.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Lower Mound (western cluste... : Photo
By: David Baltz When: Mar 28, 2010

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Comments: Back in the late 70's, the left route was commonly referred to as the "tennis shoe problem" There is a V3-ish problem just to the right which goes up to a prominent quartz crystal pocket just over the lip on some very thin edging. I recall another problem just to the just to the right of the crystal problem but before you come to the crack (shown V2 in the photo).


Location: NM : Taos Area : Tres Piedras : Middle Rock : Cowboy Bob's Chickenhead De... (5.10)
By: David Baltz When: Dec 13, 2009

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Comments: A classic route I do every time I'm at TP.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon : Mountain Momma (5.10c)
By: David Baltz When: Dec 12, 2009

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Comments: Historical note: On the FA, Udall thought he was doing Mexican Breakfast Crack and he and VanWinckle started up the line around noon. Dirk followed the unprotected travers on P4 in the dark and the remainder of the climb was done by headlamp.

I much prefer to traverse left just above the crux overhang. Much cleaner and aesthetic.


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