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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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gemstone West:
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'
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'
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Green Snake - P2 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Gemstone West
P2 of Green Snake (Louck guide) is a thin slab climb that "snakes" up a small dihedral/roof to finish at the farthest left rap station reachable from Gem Stone (see photo). Nice thin slab moves to a small overlap crux.Have looked at this line on and off over the years, and finally got to TR it this weekend. While this is a great slab route - it would be a very dangerous lead - looking at no protection at the crux, with a 20, 30 foot fall on a 1 or 2 marginal #1 nut placements. Whoever put ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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