Las Hermanas, or The Sisters, is a collection of 3 large boulders about 40 feet tall. From South to North (or bottom to top) they are known as Angela, Lucia, and Arniel. This area has about 15 routes from 5.8 to 5.12. There are also many opportunities for bouldering.
Climbing consists of typical Socorro climbing involving technical moves on crimps and the occasional pocket. Climbs vary from slabby to slightly overhanging.
Boulders and Climbs
I could find little information on many of these routes. Please let me know if you have any further information.
All listed From left to right:
Angela (Lower, or South Hermana)
Heart-Shaped Box (V5)
Lucia (Middle Hermana)
Perfect Hair Forever (V4-5): Boulder problem on the middle of the downhill face.
Unknown (5.11): Steep route to up an overhanging face. This route is the leftmost of three routes on a north and east facing corner.
Viva La Vulva (5.10c): Trad.
Powder Pixie (5.11b/c): Sequence, fairly sustained, and fun route to the right of the first unknown. The top of the route is shared with #3.
Chalk Fairy (5.11a/b): Bouldery start past the first two bolts leads to easier climbing above.
Arniel (Upper Hermana)
Most of these routes were bolted by Vaino Kodas. More information can be found on Vaino's website
Whale Tail Pilates (5.9): On the very left side of Arniel within the corridor between this formation and Lucia.
Muffin Top Aerobics (5.9): Climbs the arete.
Unknown Left (5.10b): Climbs the face to the overhanging boulder.
Lars Bars (5.11a): To the right of the crack, faces left.
Unknown Right (5.10d): Fun movement up the second arete of the formation.
Crouching Pocket (5.10c/d)
Hidden Handhold (5.10c/d)
Socorro Socorro (5.12a)
Climbing Outside the Box (5.10c)
(Unknown North Arete (5.7)
Other Nearby Boulders
This is the obvious cave just East of the Arniel boulder
Chewbacca (V6): Cave.
Located just to the East of Chewbacca cave.
Feeling Merry (V5)
Jump for Joy (V5)
Pinchin' Patti's Fatty (V5)
Sits about 40 yards downhill to the Southeast of Angela, and about 30 yards to the Northeast of Peck's Mystery. It can be recognized by the mushroom-like appearance from the West.
Magic Mushroom (V2)
Mellow Mushroom (V2)
Three Men Boulder
SE of Funguy and East of Peck's Mystery. There is a East-facing, huecoed overhang.
Beer Helmet (V3)
Four and One (V2)
Three Peck (V3)
Park at Major Wall and head towards the Unbeatable Boulder. Continue about 100 yards east and look for 3 large boulders.
20 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Chewbacca V6 7A NM
: Socorro Area
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Sit start on the obvious rail and climb out the steep almost horizontal arete. After the first few moves you hit a large rail allowing a quick shake, regroup and make a large move to an obvious 2 finger pocket. Bump the left hand thru good pinches to a great jug in the slot. From here the topout is easier although awkward and committing. You could follow the chossy easy ground to the top of the boulder, but I traversed way left to an easy downclimb....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
Latest Regional Forum Messages
BETA PHOTO: Tres Hermanas looking North from near Walrus bould...
|By Bob Broilo|
From: Socorro, NM
Dec 31, 2009
Angela is actually Edges boulder, so I think all the routes you have listed for it belong on Lucia (behind Perfect Hair Forever).
|By George Perkins|
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jan 1, 2010
I found an in-progress guide, which I used to add names to some of the unknown sport climbs. Definitely correct if there are mistakes/add'l info, especially as it could be a while until I get down here again.
It doesn't have Vaino's new routes, or old lines delineated, so it's not all that helpful.
|By Arthur Sullivan|
Feb 21, 2010
I believe there is some confusion with the route listings above. "Whale Tail Pilates" starts on the north side of the notch that separates the Arniel (uppermost) and Lucia (middle) boulder. All of the routes to the north of whale tail listed left to right above are located on the arniel boulder ending with "Climbing Outside the Box 5.10c) and an bolted arete (5.7) on the north edge of arniel. I believe the routes on arniel from left to right are...
1."Whale Tale Pilates" 5.9
2."Muffin Top Aerobics" 5.9
3.Bulge Left of Lars Bars 5.10b/c
4."Lars Bars" 5.11a
5.Arete Right of Lars Bars 5.10d
Around to the north side of Arniel past the "Chewbaca Cave"
6."Crouching Tiger" 5.10c/d
7."Hidden Handhold" 5.10c/d
8 "Socorro Socorro" 5.12a
9."Climbing Outside the Box" 5.10c/d
10. Unknown North Arete 5.7
The back side of Lucia (middle boulder) has four climbs which I believe left to right are
1. Unknown 5.11
2. "Viva la Vulva" 5.10c (trad)
3. "Powder Pixie" 5.11b/c
4. "Chalk Fairy" 5.11a/b
This is one of my favorite places to climb in the winter. Great view and sun until about 2:00.