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Questa Dome  

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Elevation: 9,200'
Location: 36.7948, -105.5345 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: The Original Paul Horak Questa Topo. Most of the ...

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Questa Dome is a 600-ft tall south-facing granite dome in the secluded Latir Peaks Wilderness area in northern New Mexico. The climbs here range from 5.10 to 5.12, and have quality slab climbing in the same style as parts of the S. Platte and the Organs. There are still some 1/4" bolts to be wary of, but many have been upgraded.

Season May through October. Can be hot on hot summer days. Watch out for thunderstorms, especially in July and August. It can be warm enough in April, but the approach may still be snowy.

A guidebook or at least a topo is recommended. 'Taos Rock' and 'Rock Climbing: New Mexico' are both excellent guides to the area, and both include the best climbs. 'Taos Rock' includes 2 or 3 more routes that aren't in RC:NM. There are some lines/variations that are not in any guidebook.

Getting There 

From Taos: Take NM 522 north past the village of Questa. 6 miles past Questa take a right at a sign to El Rito. Go just under a mile to where the road turns (at a house) to dirt. Veer right and then climb up the steep road for just under a mile farther. High clearance is helpful (or add about 0.5 miles of walking). At the T-junction, go right, and continue for 0.2 miles a small parking and the trailhead on the left.

The trailhead is an ok place to camp.

The trail climbs through the pine forest and soon meets a beautiful creek. In early season, the trail may be flooded by the creek in some places, but should not be a problem. As the trail gets steeper, the dome is obvious on the left. Stay on the trail until about level with the base, then traverse left to the base of the rock. This will take 45 minutes or so.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Questa Dome:
Tostadas Comquesta   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Jonny Questa   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Question of Balance   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Questar   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Another Pretty Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Questionable Timing   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
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Josh at the crux of Another Pretty Face.

Another Pretty Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13  NM : Taos Area : ... : Questa Dome
Another Pretty Face is an alternate start to the first 2 pitches of Question of Balance, and this climb is viewed as the best on Questa Dome, when extended with Question of Balance's p3 and the Direct roof on p4.Pitch 1: Begin about 40' right of the start of Question of Balance, or about 10' left of the start of Tostadas Comquesta and a big right-facing corner. [Note this climb is NOT the one with new bolts immediately right of Question's p1- that is a new 5.11 v...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

Photos of Questa Dome Slideshow Add Photo
Questa Dome from approach trail just prior to FA, A Question of Balance, 1977
Questa Dome from approach trail just prior to FA, ...
Josh on Aero Questa.
Josh on Aero Questa.
FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, inside photo, summer 1977
BETA PHOTO: FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, inside photo, summer...
FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 2 <br /> <br />- top photo by Paul Horak <br />- 70 degrees, not percent <br />- Venado & Virsylvia Peaks
FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 2 - top photo by...
Climbing mag issue No. 44, September-October 1977 - contains an account of the first ascent of A Question of Balance.
Climbing mag issue No. 44, September-October 1977 ...
Questa Dome.
Questa Dome.
FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 1 <br /> <br />Errata highlighted - people have been telling me about these for 35 years ... glad to finally set the record straight. <br /> <br />- 600 foot dome, not 800 <br />- the Crooked Line, not the Broken Line (it matters) <br /> <br />
BETA PHOTO: FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 1 Errata highlig...
The Ancient Ones topo. From <a href='http://www.climbingschoolusa.com/newrouteinformation/newrouteimages/ancienttopo.pdf' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >climbingschoolusa.com/newroute...</a>
BETA PHOTO: The Ancient Ones topo. From climbingschoolusa.com/...
FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 3
FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 3

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By Owen Summerscales
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jan 16, 2013
There are some easier routes that have been put up on questa, see:


The Ancient Ones 5.10a *** See attached Ancient ones topo with written description.

The Ledge Area
Approach: From the base of the Ancient Ones, hike up and right skirting the Dome for about 200ft. Then hike west past several trees to reach a ledge just east of the second pitch of the Ancient Ones.

Icelandic Pony 5.10c R ** Start 20ft right of the Ancient Onesí second pitch and climb up angling cracks to a bulge at left facing croner. Climb over bulge (crux) and continue up corner to a pine tree. Descend by traversing to the Second belay of the Ancient Ones and rap. Note: This route was put up ground up onsight by Scott Resnick and he plans to add a few bolts after the bulge to rid the R rating. FA: Scott Resnick, Dan Greenwald.

Far End Crack 5.7 ** Climb up slab to crack with a large chock stone and contiue up a beautiful hand crack to a two bolt anchor. FA: Dan Greenwald, Scott Resnick.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Feb 19, 2013
Is hand drilling legal again ???