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|Type: ||Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 350 feet, Grade II|
|Consensus: ||5.7+ [details]|
|FA: ||John Kear and Marc Ripperger, summer 2009|
|New Route: ||Yes|
|Submitted By: ||John Kear on Sep 24, 2009|
A nice moderate route fairly close to the crest parking.
Pitch 1 - Climb up the featured slab finding pro where you can, pass a bolt after 40 feet or so and climb up to a ledge. Traverse the ledge to the right across slabs to another bolt and step up and around to corner to the right into a corner system. Follow the corner up to the left for 20 feet to a good bely stance. 5.6 100ft
Pitch 2 - scramble over easy ground taking the path of least resistance to gain the corner system on the right. Traverse into the corner and do a couple right trending moves to a bolt, clip the bolt then friction traverse right (crux) to easier ground, head up and right to a good ledge and a tree belay. 5.7+ 80ft
Pitch 3 - Climb slightly up and left into a crack system, follow the crack and face features straight up for 100 feet or so to a belay stance below some roofs. 5.6 100ft
Pitch 4 - Traverse right off the belay 10ft , climb up through a roof dodging it to the right. Keep heading up and right around a corner. Climb up the corner trending slightly right for another 40 ft to the summit. 5.6 80ft
The route is on the central section of El Paisano. Find the start by approaching the Sentinel, once on the col above the Sentinel scramble down hugging the wall to your left. After about 10 mins find the start between two small spruce trees. The wall is slabby and featured in this section. Look for a bolt about 50ft up the wall slightly to the right of the start. Walk off from the top following the Sentinel approach back to the crest.
Standard Sandia rack to 3"
Pitch 1 - two bolts, natural anchor
Pitch 2 - one bolt, tree anchor
Pitch 3 - no fixed gear, natural anchor
Pitch 4 - no fixed gear, tree anchor
|By Bill Lawry|
From: New Mexico
May 29, 2010
Thanks for putting up the route, Marc and John! Was happy to climb it today after climbing The Sentinel.
A clarification about the start of the route: our approach was from the saddle behind The Sentinel. As one scrambles down along the base of El Paisano wall, one eventually reaches a low point and then starts to gradually regain elevation. El Dueno starts BEFORE reaching the lowest point when coming from The Sentinel's saddle.
P1: Get the start right; I did not ... instead paid with pretty severe runout followed by gear schenanigans before clipping the second bolt.
P2: Good pro; felt harder than 5.7+.
P3: As a good friend says, "Don't pass up the pro, bro;" and the top of the pitch felt uncomfortably run out but may feel better the next time?
P4: Cool exit from the roof; not so cool in detached-boulder count but maybe they've all been yarded on?