|By the schmuck |
From Albuquerque, NM
Jan 3, 2014
For multipitch in Abq. the Sandias are your only option. It will be cold, and there will be snow, but it is doable. A friend just went up procrastination (IV,8+), climbing in sunshine, but finishing in a snow storm. Said it was miserable but fun. I've climbed there in the very early spring, and in spots was post-holing to my hips. Give it a try, but be prepared for the conditions. Also keep in mind that the Sandias have a ton of choss, which expriences a significant amount of freeze/thaw this time of year. The Shield, Muralla Grande, and Torreon face SW, so would be good bets. Yucca Flower Tower area may be okay also.
Diablo has multipitch sport, and is only a little over an hour away.
There is also a decent 2 pitch line at mellow 5.7 in Socorro.