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Roughly, Pinnacle Valley lies west of the Sandia Crest between The Needle to the north and Chimney Canyon to the south. Established climbing areas within Pinnacle Valley include from north to south: The Anvil, Wildflower Wall, The Watchtower, The Tombstone, and The Knifeblade. Many of the climbing areas are on west facing rock and so tend to be shady until mid-day.
In most cases, the shortest approach begins by heading north from the Crest parking lot and communication towers along the North Crest Trail. Another beginning is at a dirt pullover on the east side of the highway just below the tower complex, then head up hill to the North Crest Trail.
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West Face Left 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Tombstone
This line is described in Hill's (1983:109,111) "Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias" (I'm working with the 2nd edition; I haven't seen if this description has changed in the 3rd edition). Schein's (2003:75) "Sandia Rock" describes a line that may have a slightly different first pitch. I followed Schein's line, so I can't comment on Hill's full route.Pitch 1: From the top of the pillar at the far left side, face climb through discontinuous cracks and seams, finding pro where you ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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