This isolated, minor peak lies on the ridgeline that extends northwest from The Needle; this connecting ridge forms the southern margin of upper Juan Tabo Canyon. Although nearly 600 feet tall, the Prow is dwarfed by the nearby formations of the Needle and the Shield.
The standard 1.5+ hour approach is from below, using the Piedra Lisa Trail to access the Movie Trail. Once you inevitably lose track of this Movie “Trail,” stick to the crest of the ridgeline as it turns from the northeast toward the southeast (be sure to check out UNM Spire across the canyon to the north). The ridge leads you to the foot of the northwest ridge of the Prow. From there, traverse along the base of the western and southern faces to gain the route of your choice.
The Northwest Ridge route is listed by Kline and Hill as one of two descent routes. This line apparently requires two rappels: the first “down to the east end of a broad ramp using a large dead tree as your first rappel anchor. Then walk down the ridge [and]… perform the second rappel off a large flake, ending up just south of the ridge proper. Two ropes are helpful when descending the northwest ridge.” (Note: I have not used this descent route).
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Hanging Sling Buttress 5.8 PG13 Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 500 feet, Grade III
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Hanging Sling Buttress 5.8 PG13 NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : The Prow
This 5-pitch route is described in Hill’s Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias (both 2nd and 3rd editions; don’t know about 1st ed.). Hill’s description is generally good, and nearly the entire first four pitches are visible from the base of the route. Parts of P1-P3 may be able to be linked, but the route wanders a bit so this may not work as well as hoped.P1. ~110 feet, 5.7. Start up a large, broken, brushy, right-facing dihedral. Belay on a ledge with an antique ¼-i...[more] Browse More Classics in NM