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Chimney Canyon

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Chimney Canyon Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The Chimney, the canyon's namesake


This canyon is located just below the Ceder Crest communication towers. The most prominant feature within this canyon is Muralla Grande ("great wall"). The canyon is named after the chimney looking spire south of Muralla Grande.

Getting There 

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Climbing Season

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Chimney Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chimney Canyon:
Lost Ledge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'   The Sentinel
Rocky Racoon   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 240'   The Chimney
The Second Coming   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Muralla Grande
La Selva   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   Muralla Grande
Morning Wood   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Clandestine Wall
Warpy Moople   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Muralla Grande
Lawyers, Guns & Money   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 140'   Muralla Grande
Boogers & Chocolate   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Clandestine Wall
Excitable Boys   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'   Muralla Grande
Out to Lunch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Muralla Grande
Wiretap   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 130'   Clandestine Wall
Skinwalker   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 140'   Clandestine Wall
Dire Straights   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Muralla Grande
Little Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'   Muralla Grande
Cloak and Dagger   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 165'   Clandestine Wall
Thunderbird   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   Muralla Grande
Autumn Ivy   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Clandestine Wall
Cat Daddy   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Clandestine Wall
Thunderstruck   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 75'   Clandestine Wall
Event Horizon   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 95'   Clandestine Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: John Duran at the crux of Cat Daddy (5.13a), Sandi...

Cat Daddy 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Clandestine Wall
This was for a long time the hardest completed route in the Sandias and unrepeated on lead. Climbs the obvious crack splitting the steep red wall. The majority of the route is probably hard 5.11+ to a difficult and technical boulder problem at the top.Climb the varied and steep crack till it pinches off as it curves to the right, do crux moves onto the slab and step right to the bolted anchor of Event Horizon or step back left and climb crumbly rock with a fair bit of lichen to the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Rock Climbing Photo: Overview map of Chimney and Upper LaCueva Canyons
BETA PHOTO: Overview map of Chimney and Upper LaCueva Canyons

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By Ryan Curry
Apr 22, 2011
As of April 11, 2011 the approach to the Clandestine Wall was impassable due to snow covered ice on the steep sections of the Chimney Canyon trail. With crampons and axes (not kidding here) the hike might be managable; with our approach shoes, however, it was downright dangerous and we turned around to go climb at the stuff in Echo Canyon instead.

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