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Little Drummer Boy 

Hueco: V6 Font: 7A

Type:  Boulder, 16'
Consensus:  Hueco: V6+ Font: 7A [details]
FA: Tom Ellis
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: thomas ellis on Oct 12, 2009

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Little Drummer Boy


I think this is the best line in the Sandias for the grade. A tall beautiful arete on great holds. See route description on topo.



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Rock Climbing Photo: Tom E. standing below the arete of Little Drummer ...
BETA PHOTO: Tom E. standing below the arete of Little Drummer ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Drummer Boy as seen from the approach trail
Little Drummer Boy as seen from the approach trail
Rock Climbing Photo: Hitting the crux of this problem. Hard.
Hitting the crux of this problem. Hard.

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By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Apr 7, 2010
rating: V7 7A+

Beautiful, tall blunt arete with a steep start and a slightly overhung finish. The top out is easier and high but not a total gimmie.

SDS from a squat position on the right side of the low steep arete. Some long moves back and forth between the aretes take you to a good hold out left. From here there are at least 3 ways to get to the obvious good crimp about 5 feet higher just above the scoop. Once on the crimp a few moves up and right or straight up lead to the top, thin or no feet.

Recommend 2 pads, one to flatten out the landing area and one to throw over the top of the lower one and the rock that will be next to it.
By claude.
From: ABQ, NM
May 2, 2011

Props to Tom for establishing perhaps THE best line in the foothills (regardless of the grade) to date that I've seen. Nice work!

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