BETA PHOTO: Far Rock, as seen from the top of Mosaic Rock.
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This seldom-visited little 'dome' hosts a few easy, short trad routes (none of the routes are longer than probably 70 feet, if that). Although it is included in the old-school online guide
, none of the current guide books even mention this crag (maybe for good reason; it may not be worth the walk over there, unless you have a strong urge to get far, far from the maddening crowd).
The four routes that are listed in the online guide are (from left to right): Short N' Sweet
(5.7): A short low angle face leads to a blocky finish. Didn't look too interesting. Left or Right
(5.8): Fun mix of crack and face. Look Mom, No Friends
(5.7): A sweet fist crack, but sadly too short. Look Mom, Friends
(5.8): We weren't able to confidently identify this climb. At the north end of the east wall, there's a couple of possible crack or face climbs. Where a dilapitated wooden fence leans against the wall, there's a fallen tree just a little farther north. Left of the fallen tree, there's a couple of jugs that may
be this route, but looked too short to be a real climb (anyone know about this one?).
From the Sundeck Wall/Aspen Alley area, head due west across the slickrock for about 400 meters.
Climbing Season For the Tres Piedras area.
Weather station 1.1 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Far Rock
Left or Right 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NM
: Taos Area
: ... : Far Rock
This decent little route combines some crack and face moves. It appears that any of the various crack/seam systems will take you to the top. I'm guessing the "Left or Right" crux that's mentioned in the 1981 guide refers to the exit move around the wedged boulder at the top. This route is also described in the 1984 "Tao's Rock II" guide. Maybe kind of soft for 5.8, but I left the rating as described in the original guides....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Apr 1, 2009
It looks like one of the admins chopped my description here. May I ask why?
By Fritz Devendorf
From: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jun 20, 2012
Could this be "Look Mom, Friends". We top roped it and I thought it was great, harder than 5.8.
I call this Duck-tail Elvis. Hang on to his collar moving up over his ear and then eventually to the front of his duck-tail hare dew.