BETA PHOTO: The Left end of Below The old New Place. Bolted r...
This crag is known for its high concentration of fully-bolted sport climbs, that ascend high quality pocketed basalt. This cliff probably has the highest concentration of hard routes at White Rock, with 10 of its 30 or so routes checking in at 5.12. The cliff also offers an excellent cliff-base atmosphere, with large, flat belay zones, flat rocks for sitting, and a beautiful, relaxed setting. The routes are so convenient and dense that its easy to tick 10 or more routes in an afternoon.
The cliff faces generally East like most WR crags, but the dihedral-ly nature of the cliff causes a bit more sun/shade variety than other nearby crags. The most northerly facing routes get shade a bit after 1pm, while some routes aren't fully shaded till after 3pm.
While the rock here is excellent, the crag is a bit short (~50-60 feet), and many of the climbs suffer from mud runoff, coating routes like Sardonic Smile
in a thick layer of dirt. Its easy to spot the dirty routes from the ground: they're the ones that look white or light gray.
This area first appeared in the original "Sport Climbing in New Mexico" book by Randal Jett and Matt Samet. The Below the Old New Place excerpt from that book can be found here
on the Los Alamos Mountaineers website.
Stolen from Jason H: From NM4, turn south on Rover Blvd. Turn left on the first street on your left, Meadow Lane. Stay on Meadow Lane for 1.3 miles and park near 719 Meadow Lane. Please respect the homeowners and don't block mailboxes or driveways. A concrete public access trail heads down between 719 and 721 Meadow Lane. You'll know you're on the correct trail if two large, seemingly nasty, Golden Retriever dogs are barking at you. At the end of the concrete veer slightly left and continue straight towards the cliffs. Once at the canyon rim, turn left and walk N for ~50 yds, along the top of "The Old New Place
". Locate an easy descent path (one 6 foot downclimb) that switches back down past the Old New Place (to the S), and eventually leads to the S end of Below The Old New Place. Total approach time is ~5 minutes. First bolted routes encountered are Scandinavian Airlines
and Inflight Movie
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
35 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Below The Old New Place:
L Dopa 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 35'
P.M.S. 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Featured Route For Below The Old New Place
Manic Crack (aka Left Twin Crack) 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c NM
: Los Alamos & White Rock
: ... : Below The Old New Place
A beautiful slightly overhanging finger crack with just enough footholds and pockets on the faces. Shake out at the hand jam rest before a couple of thin, cruxy face moves to easier terrain at the top. Bear to the right up high to reach the anchors. Originally rated 5.11c/d, but general consensus is that this is a notch or two easier. Still, it's sustained (for White Rock), with no great rests.At least 2 longtime LA climbers swear this crack was not called Manic Crack back in the day...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Jason Hundhausen
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 30, 2008
Ditto on the improvements to the approach trail and anchors - thanks!
To anyone looking to climb at Below the Old New Place: Please keep in mind that there are now "fixed" carabiners on several of the routes (Flesh Eating Gnats, Wailing Banshees, Monsterpiece Theater). Recently, somebody took the carabiners off the anchor chains on Flesh Eating Gnats! This happened sometime between April 15th and April 29th. Remember: carabiners on anchors are not booty! They have been generously donated to the crag to facilitate cleaning/lowering, so please leave them there. Thanks!