Picture taken near Elena Gallegos Picnic Area.
Ego Boost is a major rib that runs north-south and lies on the north side of Lower Domingo Baca Canyon
. Several established routes reside on and around the south face "amphitheatre" in very close proximity to the tramway cables and, hence, the eyes of passing a "audience".
DESCENT: See Diagonal's Photo
showing start of descent and final rap tree. There is 150 feet of up to 5.low downclimbing to get to the final rap tree: downclimb a west facing dihedral and then rock face to a horizontal and long ramp; walk north on ramp for ~20 yards to a rap tree (~1 foot diameter) with wide gully below; ~30 meter rap; left new slingage and two rap rings 11/1/2009.
When running, the tram cables are noisy and can interfere with belay communications. On the other hand, the sunny exposure will feel good on a cool but otherwise calm early-spring / late-fall day. I think it not a coincidence that the three FA dates in Hill's guide were in spring and autumn. Sunscreen at least the back of your hands!
From the mouth of Domingo Baca Canyon, locate Ego Boost to the north and east. After hiking up the canyon a bit, scramble and bushwhack north and east on a minor ridge following the easiest discernable terrain; seems to go okay staying on top of the ridge or slightly to the east - scrappy! Allow 3 hours from parking lot to getting roped up.
Alternatively, one can descend Echo Canyon
from The Crest and then scramble west to Ego Boost
. If taking this approach then see the Echo Canyon approach to Hail Peak
, Ego Boost's
Climbing Season For the Sandia Mountains area.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Ego Boost
Diagonal 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Ego Boost
This is the second of three Gary Hicks' routes I've done based strictly on Hill's guide - the others being Hail Peak's Poker and West Face Direct. In all cases the detailed descriptions were quite accurate.Diagonal is reasonably done in five or six pitches. See beta photo for approximate belay locations. Would have given this route a "Great" quality rating except for a couple of hard-to-protect sections on poor rock. * P1, 5.6 or 5.7, PG13 pro, ~60 feet: chossy leftward traversing f...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
BETA PHOTO: A few routes shown on the south end of Ego Boost. ...
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Ego Boost. Note the gondola which ferries the aud...