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Alioth is a summit on the north side of TWA Canyon. Its 700í southeast face is steep and one of the more compelling walls in the Sandias, but probably gets only 1 or 2 ascents each year. This wall is visible from the tram. Due to its aspect, this face sees sun from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Because of its location and intricate descent, a day on the Alioth is sure to be a committing and rewarding adventure.
From the Crest parking, down the La Luz spur 0.5 miles to the junction. Left at the junction (headed toward the tram terminal), passing over the top of Echo Canyon and Yucca Flower Tower. Just past Yucca Tower, the trail takes a sharp left, and contours across TWA Canyon.
If you reach the highest point on Alioth, prepare for the Sandia descent epic of legend. The guidebook says to make 2 rappels off trees on the back (NW) side, but we didnít see any rappel anchors, and we figured we missed the rest of the recommended descent (please post beta).
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Aerial Boundaries 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'
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Aerial Boundaries 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Alioth
Aerial Boundaries is one of the best climbs at the 5.11 grade in the Sandias, with sustained, steep, intriguing climbing on quality rock for nearly all of its length. Its fairly remote location no doubt contributes to the lack of attention its received. The topo and description in Mickís guidebook were accurate and very helpful. I'd recommend you use them.Beta:Pitch 1: A hard start leads to the first bolt, traverse left to a 2nd, mantle up to 2 pins and reach the tri...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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