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Grotto Right (West Side)

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
666 S 
Bong Crack (a.k.a. Surficial Scratch) T 
Buck Tooth (AKA Spearhead) S 
Class Act S 
Crack Wars (aka Crack Whores) T 
Crystal Clear ArĂȘte (a.k.a. UNA) S 
Happy Face (AKA Kitchen Sink) S 
In the Court of the Crimson King S 
Rickety Rock S 
Ruffles Have Ridges T 
Sin after Sin S 
Tenable S 
Trailer Park Girls S 
Tweak Fuck  S,TR 
Unknown S 
Unknown aka "Box of Chocolates" S 
Untenable S 
Venarete S 
Where the Wild Things Aren't S 
Where the World Ends T,S 
Winter Capacity S 
Winter Warm-up T 
Woogie's Wild Ride S 

Grotto Right (West Side) Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.80532, -106.14347 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: DisturbingThePeace, Aaron Hobson, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Jason Halladay, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Mar 6, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: Photo of Class Act next to Bong Crack.


This area encompasses the entire right wall of the Grotto. This wall has a different characteristic than the rest up the Diablo area, many of the climbs have pockets, and the crimps are more sharp and positive. The rock is less featured as well, resulting in more technical and sometimes bigger reaches between holds.

The rock, while more monolithic than the opposite side of the canyon doesn't see as much traffic. Climb cautiously and consider helmets and belaying (and standing) out of the fall line of climbers.

The wall is West Facing so it gets morning sun and afternoon shade. In the winter it gets less shade , and gets more shade in the summer. In early April the wall begins to go into the shade around 3:30. A good tool for estimating Sun / Shade beta is is the online sunearthtool.com estimator tool

The first routes are located just as you enter the Grotto. After passing the climb "Venarete" there is a short break to the next set of climbs. The next area is known as "Winter Capacity Area" as it gets the first sun on winter days. After passing through a small corridor created by a large boulder you will come across the route "Bucktooth" another short break and the wall will curve slightly yielding the routes at the end of the Grotto area.

Getting There 

On the right side of the grotto entrance.

Climbing Season

For the The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notch) area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Grotto Right (West Side)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grotto Right (West Side):
Class Act   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Bong Crack (a.k.a. Surficial Scratch)   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Woogie's Wild Ride   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 90'   
Where the Wild Things Aren't   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
In the Court of the Crimson King   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Crystal Clear ArĂȘte (a.k.a. UNA)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Trailer Park Girls   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   
Sin after Sin   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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By Logan Peterson
From: Santa Fe, NM
Apr 22, 2016
Please be aware that a LARGE OWL has been posting up on the West Side (Grotto Right)--just to the right of Happy Face--most likely nesting in the wide crack there. Please avoid disturbing this creature.

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