Overview of Cochiti Mesa crags
This is the main crag in the area, offering over 60 excellent routes. Shaded in the AM, sunny in PM.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cochiti Mesa:
Featured Route For Cochiti Mesa
: Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ...
: ... : South Cliffband
This is regarded by many as the best route at Cochiti Mesa. Slightly overhanging, with excellent rock, and deep, positive pockets, its hard to argue with that assessment. Due to the overhanging nature, this line is much more pumpy than most Cochiti routes, and the ability to quickly identify the best sequence is critical.There are two ways to climb this route, which accounts for the split grade. However, the various area guidebooks disagree on which way is harder. The route begins by climbin...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
BETA PHOTO: Main area overview 7/8/12.
BETA PHOTO: Parking area/approach.
BETA PHOTO: Main area floor meadow.
BETA PHOTO: Laurel's Climb boulder and Monkey Lust. Area is do...
|By Scott Beguin|
Jul 9, 2012
Update: I went out here yesterday and discovered that most of, if not all of these routes were affected greatly by the Los Conchas fire in 2011. Bolts and rock layers have been cooked by firestorms with ambient air temps greater than 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. There are no live trees left, no shade, crumbling rock, burned hardware, and is pretty much a wasteland now. It was quite sobering to find this. This marks the end of an era, and a wonderful area that this was. I am thankful to have gotten to climb the years that I have there. I did not make it to Eagle Canyon to check it, but I am assuming the worst as well. The Dihedrals were cooked too. Vista Point seems to be ok, but could use some anchor upgrades as there are no trees to anchor with. I guess you could drive a car to the rim and use it for an anchor. I will head out again at some point to verify the status of the crags I did not make it to, and will post.
|By J. Albers|
Jul 9, 2012
Oh no....this is super sad news, both for the area and the climbing itself. Please keep posting as you find out more information (including info concerning Eagle Canyon). Wow, so depressing.