John's Wall Rock Climbing
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|Location: ||36.5338, -105.7077 View Map Incorrect?
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|Submitted By: ||Mike Howard on Dec 14, 2006|
Rapping off Houston S
South-facing basalt wall right off dirt road. Has around twenty routes and is a small sport/trad area.
From Taos, go north on highway 522 to Arroyo Hondo about 10 miles. Turn left at Arroyo Hondo. Follow dirt road about 2 miles, bearing right at fork. Almost down at the Rio Grande River, a small basalt roadside wall appears on right just after bridge over the Rio Hondo. There are about 20 routes. There are hot springs about 1/4 mile downstream on the western bank of the Rio Grande. To enjoy the Black Rock Spring, turn Left after the bridge and drive up this road to park at the first turn. Follow a faint trail downstream. Bring a trashbag and do your part to keep it clean, favor.
Weather station 6.7 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in John's Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for John's Wall:
Bulges 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 55'
Featured Route For John's Wall
The Houston S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NM
: Taos Area
: ... : John's Wall
Houston S is the rightmost bolted line on John's. It's cleaner than most at John's Wall, and fun climbing.The start is shared with a mixed bolted/trad line (Amazon). There's a thin crux between the 2nd and 3rd bolt, which is harder for short people. Angle left on crimpy basalt climbing. The anchor is shared with Easter Rising. Also, rated 5.8 in the old guide.'Taos Rock' shows a bolted 5.11 variation to this climb, directly climbing the thin face between Houston S and ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
May 14, 2016
Thanks to Dan Greenwald for replacing almost all of the old bolts on this wall with modern hardware, including the classic Dave Jones 5.12 Nice Guy Syndrome!