Out of Darkness Slabs Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Route C is "Out of Darkness" Route D is...
A nice slab with a pleasant, flat belay stance under a shady group of scrub-oak. This will be appreciated on a warm day, as the sun directly blasts the rock here. It may not be appreciated on a colder day, however. It will also be welcome after the bush wacked scramble from the trail to the base of the slab. There are at least four named climbs on this crag, according to the online guidebook
. To the far right is Slab Sacrilege
, and just left of this, heading between two trees, is Out of Darkness
. Bill Lawry
notes that you should plan on ~35 meters of rope to top out above Out of Darkness Slab. This distance is based on climbing the route Out of Darkness tied into a 60 meter rope.
DESCENT: Walk off for all routes on this formation.
There are a number of ways that you could probably get you to this crag from the trail. Bill Lawry
notes the best way of getting there is to leave the canyon trail before a delapidated stone structure comes into view. From the canyon trail, one mostly heads straight up hill to Out of Darkness Slab, perhaps trending a little (but not much) to the left as one goes up. The last time I was up there, navigating the cacti, cholla, and other sharp unfriendly natives was the crux. However, rumor has it that the trail may be improving.
Climbing Season For the Sandia Mountains area.
Weather station 2.6 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Out of Darkness Slabs
Slab Sacrilege 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Out of Darkness Slabs
This slab route is located just right of Out of Darkness. See that description for additional details. If you have ever climbed in Yosemite or Squamish, calling this a "slab" is indeed sacriledge. Finishes on same hand crack as "Out of Darkness".My ratings drift a bit as some of the crystals that were at the start of the route are no longer. The crux is between bolts 1 and 2 and is face climbing on small crystals and ledges.There is no ground fall risk IF your belayer is paying attention and is ne...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
The shady, flat, belay ledge at the based of Out o...