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6-fingered Man, The T 
99 Red Balloons S 
As You Wish S 
Butler Route T,TR 
Fire Swamp, The S 
Giant Killer, The S 
Once Were Warriors S 
Pejos Route S 
Planet of the Apes S 
Prince Humperdink S,TR 
Princess Buttercup S 
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size) S 
Unknown Crack T 
Unknown Crack Route T 
Unknown Face Route S 

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BETA PHOTO: The routes of the Main Wall of Gallows Edge. Topo ...


The Main Wall at Gallows Edge has the largest concentration of routes at Gallows. 8 bolted routes and a few crack lines are found here.

Carlo Torres, Jon Butler, Lucas Laeser, and Mike Lyons discovered this wall, and solo'd most of the 1st ascents.

Getting There 

Follow directions for accessing Gallows Edge.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Wall:
Princess Buttercup   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 32'   
Pejos Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 45'   
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 40'   
The Fire Swamp   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   
Once Were Warriors   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   
99 Red Balloons   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   
Planet of the Apes   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   
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Featured Route For Main Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Cody cleaning gear on the way up 99 Red Balloons. ...

99 Red Balloons 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : Main Wall
The first bolted route right of the large chimney near the middle of the main wall. Fun face climbing with a steep finish on jugs. Using the arete on the left keeps the climb at 5.8. More challenging is not using the arete and making the route 5.9ish. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Minesh Bacrania
Sep 3, 2008
A number of the steel 'biners have gone missing from the anchors. Some routes have one left, some routes have none. Maybe they were stolen by the same idiots who left their cigarette butts all over the base of the main wall?
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Sep 9, 2008
I was the one that originally placed the "fixed" biners on the chains at Gallows last year. I used a mixture of steel hardware store clips and aluminum carabiners, just using what I had around my gear room. Certainly steel biners are best but more expensive. Aluminum biners wear much faster (especially if people are routinely TRing through them rather than using their own draws to TRing until the last person lowers) so perhaps those aluminum biners wore out to the point of being scary and someone removed them on account of safety. I'm cool with that.
What amazes me are climbers like the one Chris was climbing with who are either too thick-skulled or too cheap to realize that biners on chains aren't just there because someone forgot them or someone has loads of money and leaves biners each time they lower and that it's OK to remove them.
I plan to purchase some steel biners and fix them to the chains with bailing wire at Gallows Edge. Certainly the bailing wire is not a real deterrent to those that are determined to score "booty" biners but at least the wire will signal to those that are clueless that the biners are meant to be there for the safety and convenience of everyone that climbs the route.
Actually, I was recently given a box of new hardware for anchor replacement as a part of the Climbing Magazine's Anchor Replacement Initiative (ARI) and perhaps Gallows is a good candidate for these. What do you think?

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