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Potrillo Cliffs
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Ardeidae Arete 
Belly Flop 
Belly Up 
Call of the Crane 
Car Camping with the Kids 
Cave Route Center 
Chuckwalla Right 
Cindy's Chimney 
Desperate (Left) 
Double Trouble 
Dream of White Gerbils 
Fickle Fingers 
Fool on the Hill 
Heron's Fissure 
Kor's Dog 
Left Cave Route 
Lower Kor's Crack 
Pieces of Eight 
Pillars of Hercules (left var.) 
Pillars of Hercules (right var.) 
Porky's Bad Luck 
Right Cave Route 
Route 1 
Route 1.5 
Route 19 
Route 4 
Shaky Flake 
Upper Kor's Crack 


YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type: Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Chris Wenker on Mar 24, 2008
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BETA PHOTO: Chuckwalla, 5.8, Potrillo Cliffs, White Rock, NM

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This is route #22 in the on-line guide. As noted therein, a chuckwalla is a "large lizard with the interesting defence mechanism of crawling into a crack and inflating itself."
Start under the large, thrillingly wedged, guillotine-shaped chockstone and work up into the chimney. When in doubt of where to go, just recall the route's namesake and stuff your self in there. When the chimney narrows to the point where your head starts getting wedged, move out of the fissure onto the face to the right and follow the dihedral to the top.


Near the left-middle of the southern cliff.


Standard nuts and cams to #4 C4. A #5 or larger could be used, but is not essential.
Popular to top-rope; a 2-bolt anchor, reachable from the top, was recently re-installed (please don't sling the trees anymore). There's also abundant opportunities for a gear anchor on top if you like.

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Or you could just go under that suckah!!
Or you could just go under that suckah!!
Yay for rope drag.
Yay for rope drag.
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