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This excellent crag offers numerous slab and crack climbs. This is a popular area for first-timers and large groups, due to the apparent low-commitment. These routes are generally devoid of loose rock, and offer a great variety of difficulty and techniques.
Begin at the La Cueva picnic ground. From the outhouse, walk 50 feet south on the paved road to the first parking space on the E side of the road. Pick up a trail heading E from the parking space. This trail joins the "Tramway Trail" after 200 yds. Head N (left) on the Tramway Trail for about 200yds. Just before the trail enters the La Cuevae Canyon river bottom, there is a brown wooden post on the left that identifies the Tramway Trail. Head E at this junction on a good trail into La Cueva Canyon. You will cross numerous slabs, but stay on the S (rt) side of the river for the first 5 minutes or so. The trail is always good, so you shouldn't be bushwhacking, but occasionally the trail disappears as it crosses open slabs.
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Christian Crack 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch
Broken Ladders 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'
Gemstone 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 180'
Pair of 4s 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 150'
The Fin Left 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches
Flail Out 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch
Shoots & Ladders 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches
Seamingly Hard 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 200'
Green Snake - P2 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'
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Gemstone 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Gemstone West
Pitch 1: Start up the obvious large left-leaning offwidth. Traverse left under the roof. Climb easier cracks in the left-facing corner above to a bolted anchor on a ledge.Pitch 2: Step right and climb a left-leaning hand crack with poor feet to easier climbing (crux). Continue in the same left-angling crack system; some variations are possible. There are 2 sets of anchors at the top. Simplest descent is one rappel with 2 ropes. It may be possible to rap the route with 1 rope, or to...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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