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Location: 35.0311, -106.3621 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Orphaned on Sep 20, 2007
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Lisa Cecchini 5.9

Description 

Fast-access sport climbing on limestone right outside of Abq. Usually shady.


Getting There 

From I-40, travel south on HWY 337 / (a.k.a. south 14), for about 4.5 miles. The crag is on the right and is obvious from the road as there is a big cube detached from the main wall and laying on one corner. Hike down and across the stream bed.


16 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Big Block:
Football Problem   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
Pegboard   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
V8   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Bouldering Cave
Reachy sidepulls?   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
Murray Pinch   V10-11 8A     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
Blockade   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 30'   Bouldering Cave
Shane   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Block Wall
Beth   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport   Block Wall
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Featured Route For Big Block
I usually wear rock shoes, but the feet were big and I didn't feel like changing shoes as it was the end of the trip. This is just past the crux on Squeeze the Cheese.

Squeeze the cheese V3+ 6A+  NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Big Block
This is the first problem as you come around the corner of the big block, on the left of the crack. Sit start low with a left on the arete and a right hand stab. Very height dependent, the stand start is about v3, the sit start might be a tidbit harder. Move up using compression with obvious big sap holds and top out smooth. Watch out for trees....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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This is a view of most of the Big Block crag from the road.
This is a view of most of the Big Block crag from ...
Lisa Cecchini Photo By: Jarred Cleerdin
Lisa Cecchini Photo By: Jarred Cleerdin
campus problem
campus problem
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By Chris Cox
From: Logan, UT
Nov 28, 2008

Actually there is a little known published guide by - I think - none other than Matt Samet circa 90's. The routes even have names. I think StoneAge has a copy somewhere, it would be nice to see it online.

By Bryan T
Jun 13, 2010

Additional info @
www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/484469/big-block-5-7-5-12a.>>>

Nice bouldering here due to the daytime shade, plenty of options.

By ian watson
From: Albuquerque, NM
Dec 5, 2012

The 5.7+ routes on the small wall/boulder felt harder to me maybe the way I was climbing it? Be warned if you are looking for some chill/easy 5.7's .

By LeeAB
Administrator
From: ABQ, NM
Dec 5, 2012

@ Ian, I'd always heard of the 2 short bolted climbs on the boulder referred to as 5.9, might be why they seemed a bit hard for 5.7+.

By ian watson
From: Albuquerque, NM
Aug 14, 2013

@Lee I would buy 5.9