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Relatively sheltered compared to the other Ponderosa areas. Lots of big trees providing shade, and reasonably wind free. Rock quality varies dramatically in this area, from really good to awfully bad depending on where you are.

Getting There 

Continue past The Pond parking on the forest service road, past the campground, through some switch backs, eventually cutting across a hillside that rises on your right. Look through the trees to your left for a buried water tank, it looks like a satellite dish flipped upside down. Turn onto a faint side road that goes past this and turns to near parallel the main road in the bottom of the valley, eventually deadending at a triangular shaped boulder about 12-15' tall. Park and climb. The turn off is about 4 miles from where the road turns to dirt or 1 mile past the silver gate that can close off the road. The side road is also recognizable by a couple of piles of granite blocks that are right by the side of the road where the FS has tried to block this side road.

If you come to a hair pin turn in the back of the valley going left, you have gone too far. Some areas here are actually better approached from above this hair pin and will be detailed in those areas.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Satellite

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Satellite:
Pinball Simulator/ First Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Pinball Simulator Area
Scoop   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Pinball Simulator Area
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Rock Climbing Photo: This is the way most people do the jump move.

Left Pinball Simulator V9-10 7C+  NM : Jemez Valley Area : ... : Pinball Simulator Area
Powerful move on thin crimps with a boulder that sits behind the problem that it seems like you could land on when you swing out.Start on the arete of Pinball Simulator, but move up into the scooped face to the left. Make some tricky but easier moves to get established on a pair of thin edges. Bust the crux move to the edge a few feet below the lip, then reach to the square cut lip and mantle out....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Dec 7, 2009
If anyone knows names or FA info, let me know and I will update that information.
By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
Dec 31, 2009
Ooops, put some under "Pinball Simulator". Hopefully you'll see that.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Jan 25, 2010
is the gate closed this time of year?

Thanks in advance.
By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Jan 25, 2010
I'm going to guess that it is closed at this point. It is usually open through christmas time and it was open the week after for sure, but we've had a good bit of snow since then so I'd imagine it is closed. The gate that is closed is a fair ways up the road though and the turn off is only about a mile past the gate (silver one) so even if the gate is closed it might not be too bad to get up there.

You could always check with the Jemez NF Ranger District station (575)829-3535.

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