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Albuquerque at the end of Feb.. mod multi pitches trad
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By DeJay
From Englewood, CO
Jan 3, 2014

Can anybody suggest any routes near Albuquerque, 2 hrs driving range?
My friend and me plan to stay 3 nights there and looking for several moderate (5.5 to 5.7) multi pitch climbing.


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By Chris Wenker
From Santa Fe
Jan 3, 2014
Bandera

Depending on temps, and snow pack, the mellower climbs on the left side of the Shield might work for you. We got up the Standard S on the last day of February a few years ago, and we were very comfortable while on route; it just involved a short stretch of snow walking in my Mythos up a shaded gully.
The Shield closes on March 1 though.


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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.


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By Bill Matlin
From Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jan 3, 2014
suffering

I would hike up the La Luz to the pulpit
www.mountainproject.com/v/the-cave-route/105961154

It has 1 5.6 and 2 5.7s. Is pretty low, and in the sun.


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