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4. Afterburner Face

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4. Afterburner Face 

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BETA PHOTO: A nice afternoon's worth of climbing.


Tallest and most austere of the walls at this crag. Several of the most continuous and sustained sport routes are found here.

From Climber's right:
Big Howie
Pinch to Grow and Inch
Let The Daylight In
Speed of Sound

Getting There 

Continue down river (climber's left) of the Bat Cave about 100 meters until you come to a tall (25 meter) section of steep white and black basalt. This is the afterburner. The clif faces due East, with great morning sun for winter/cold day cragging and goes into the shade in summer afternoons. Excellent rock, classic lines, quality hardware and anchor chains.

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 4. Afterburner Face:
Big Howie   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Afterburner   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 90'   
Blockbuster   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Matt Samet on "Big Howie". <br />Photo Courtesy Andrew Burr, all rights reserved

Big Howie 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  NM : Taos Area : ... : 4. Afterburner Face
Continuous climbing leads to crux moves near the top. Great route and named for a wonderful friend Howie Doyle alt="Howie" /> Howie ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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