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Zig Zag Man 

South Rock 

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The south face of South Rock.
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Several quality routes of "moderate" difficulty (5.8 to 5.11-) ascend this prominent formation.

Getting There 

South Rock is the first rock encountered walking north from the parking area.


You can rappel down either the north or the south side rappels with a single 60m rope (~28m rappel for either way).
A nasty walkoff/downclimb exists on the east end of the rock (don't do it).

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Rock:
Yikes Dikes   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   
Zig Zag Man   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad   
Unknown (South Face Middle)   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Unknown (South Face Right)   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Alias The Martian   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Unknown (South Face Left)   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Surface Tension   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
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Featured Route For South Rock
Early morning light finds George climbing on Zig Zag Man.

Zig Zag Man 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  NM : Taos Area : ... : South Rock
An exciting lead for my first time at Tres Piedras! Though it felt a little run-out for my standards—perhaps not so bad for Tres Piedras standards. Not to mention I was just getting used to this type of climbing after not being on it for some time. Rope up at the base of a right facing dihedral that arches up and right. This is a bomber crack with readily available protection. Follow the crack up and right until it connects with another crack that goes straight up and over a roof. Once gaining ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Aug 15, 2011

Can use the easy-to-find anchors at the top of Surface Tension to rap off the NW end of South Rock into a slot / gully with a HUGE chockstone. A 70 meter rope can get you just downhill of the chockstone. The description of Surface Tension reports that a 60 meter will just make it being careful first to find the center of the rope - watch your ends! - probably lands you uphill of the HUGE chockstone after which it appears you can tunnel around the chockstone if that's the direction you are heading.