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The Pit

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Submitted By: Jason Halladay on Apr 4, 2007
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The Pit

Description 

The Pit is an enclosed pit-type area just north of the Main Wall at Gallows Edge. Four bolted routes and a couple of crack climbs are found in The Pit. It also offers some nice circle traverse bouldering inside. Because it's enclosed it makes for a nice shady retreat in summer heat.

An good guide to download is found here: www.lamountaineers.org/pdf/The_Pit.pdf


Getting There 

From the base of the Main Wall at Gallows, follow the faint trail north for about 100 yards. Look up and left for the bolted anchors of Gralisa Leen and The-Odor Takeda which can been seen from outside The Pit. The NE end of The Pit has a crawl-through entrance to get in. It's also possible to rappel or downclimb in from the south end of The Pit.


6 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Pit:
The Odor Takeda   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Thunderbird Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 35'   
Fay Drostenson   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Gralisa Leen   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For The Pit
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The Odor Takeda 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : The Pit
The furthest S route on the W wall of the Pit. This route begins up a pocketed slab, maneuvering through a couple of horizontal breaks on mostly great pockets and some big crimps. The rock deteriorates a bit near the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Curt Dvonch
Jan 30, 2011

Has anybody climbed the crack to the left of (05) The Odor Takeda? It is my first trad lead, and I just did it today!

By Boone Gulick
Sep 29, 2013

Access to The Pit has been severely limited by a cave-in due to the recent flooding in the Los Alamos area. The area is still visible from the southeast, and the southwest wall seems to have shifted a few feet (???)

9/28/13
9/28/13

By Boone Gulick
Oct 6, 2013

Disregard, I apparently forgot which tunnel accessed the pit. There's some erosion and rocks got moved around by flooding but access is fine.