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Science Friction & Windward Walls

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
1993: A Face Odyssey T 
Blender Head T 
Good Clean Fun S 
Lee Side, The T 
Little Bits T,TR 
Pub Draught Guinness T 
Scar Trek T 
Short Timing T,TR 
Storm Warning T 
Windward Passage, The T 

Science Friction & Windward Walls Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: DisturbingThePeace on Aug 22, 2007  with updates from George Perkins

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See Mick Schein's Sandia Rock guide for a complete description.

A hidden area with clean steep faces. These areas consist of a few easier trad climbs along with some harder mixed climbs. Consists of two different levels, Science Friction being the upper wall and Windward wall being the lower wall.

Science Friction Wall: L to R
Pub Draught Guinness 5.8+
Scar Trek 5.9
1993: A Face Odyssey 5.11a
Short Timing 5.10+
Little Bits 5.10a

Windward Wall: L to R
The Lee Side 5.8+
Blender Head 5.7+
Leftist Tendoncies 5.9
Storm Warning 5.11d
Good Clean Fun 5.11a
The Windward Passage 5.9+
Sea Breeze 5.9

Getting There: Science Friction Wall 

Approach from the crest from the crest spur trail to the junction with the La Luz. At the junction head west (towards Albuquerque) on a primitive climber trail head up to the ridge above Echo Canyon.

Follow the ridge first south then west until you reach the cliffband. You will pass several don't disturb boundary marker signs on the way. Locate a pair of rap anchors (tough to spot) and do a 150' rappel down A Face Odyssey to the base of Science Friction Wall. There is a huge bolt halfway down which you might be able to stop and do a second rappel if needed.

Getting There: Windward Wall 

Once at the base of Science Friction Wall, Scramble uphill North through woods to the base of Pub Draught Guinness. Head west to the top of Windward Wall and rappel Good Clean Fun in 1 double rope rappel or 2 single rope rappels to the base of the crag.

Mick's Sandia guide also mentions that it is possible to approach by hiking down the La Luz to The Fin, hike up talus opposite the Fin, the scramble east to the base of Windward Wall.

Climbing Season

For the La Cueva Canyon, Upper area.

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Science Friction & Windward Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Science Friction & Windward Walls:
1993: A Face Odyssey   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'   
Good Clean Fun   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 220'   
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By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jun 6, 2009
Rapping Windward Wall in two single rope rappels: watch the rope ends on the last rappel; a single 60 meter won't reach the dirt; but - for us - it did reach a ledge a little off to climber's right (easy 15 foot down climb from this ledge).
By Karl Kiser
Jun 28, 2015
We took two 50 meter nines and the rap on Windward wall was fine if one went to the right. The area hasn't seen much traffic and the cracks have several bushes.

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