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The Anvil Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Alam on Feb 18, 2008  with updates from George Perkins
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BETA PHOTO: Looking up pitch 2 (10a) of Fistful of Steel. The...


This formation also lies in Pinnacle Valley and is between Wildflower Wall and Hidden Wall. It is easily seen from the top of The Watchtower. From this vantage it is readily identified by the striking arete and crack system that make up the route "Razor's Edge." This formation is also the home to the route "Hammer Time" (see Schein Guide), and at least a couple other established routes.

Getting There 

It can be approached from the top of Watchtower by contouring North just below the limestone bands.... or better continue along the Crest Trail (past the trail that leads down to Watchtower) another quarter mile to a low saddle, then descend gully to top of formation. No distinct trail at this time.

Climbing Season

For the Sandia Mountains area.

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Razor's Edge 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : The Anvil
This 4 pitch route climbs the lower face of the Anvil to connect with the striking SW arete - crack before finding in a right facing dihedral. P1 and P3 and P4 are very nice. P3 is "Sandia at its worse" - blocky and loose. Can do P3 and 4 for a nice 5.9 outing.(See Topo)P1 (***) start at base of clean face in dihedral that forms the left side of a distinct petestal. Climb up and then move left to arete to a small ledge, step right back (5.10 crux) to arete and follow up to 2 bolt belay.P2 Short...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Sep 19, 2008
Other routes on the formation include, Fistful of Steel and its variation, Riders on the Storm, Iron Age, a new Jaramillo and Davito route that shares the Fistfull of Steel anchor and Hammer Time. I've done Riders but its been a long time and I don't really remember it other than I was good. Pretty steep with thin gear and a cool roof on the second pitch.
By mattb19
Oct 13, 2009
Anyone out there have a good idea of what routes are where? Lee are you able to draw a topo as if you were below the wall looking up? With all the new anchors up there things are a little confusing.
By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Oct 30, 2009
Matt, head to Stone Age and check out the "local climbing" binder that we keep, it has Kevin's hand drawn topos of his route which should help significantly for anyone who is wanting to go out there. We can always photo copy any of the info from the binder for anyone who wants.

This is your best bet besides this web site for info on new routes in the Sandias.

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