The smaller east-facing wall stands guard over the right hand side of TWA Canyon northeast of Alioth. The wall is more of a fin with a pronounced south-east ridge (5.8?). The TWA canyon side of the ridge is Trundle Wall and is about 300 feet tall. This is one of the steeper overall formations in the Sandias and the wall overhangs much of the way, many of the raps will require you to clip in or swing to get into the wall and something dropped from the top of the routes will not hit anything until the canyon below.
From the south end of the Sandia Crest parking lot, hike down the Crest Spur Trail for .5 mile to itís junction with the La Luz Trail. Go left (south) toward the tram, hiking above Echo Canyon. After 10 minutes on the La Luz, the trail veers northeast at an overlook (Domingo Baca). From here you have the choice of hiking down to the top of the wall and rapping in (recommended) or hiking to the base (bring a machete). The approach to the top of the wall leaves the main trail 50 feet from the overlook at a small clearing. Hike down for 100 yards, veer north along a game trail above a couloir to a point of land that is above the wall, then drop down to the NE of a cliff band and traverse in to the rap anchor. There are two bolts for the first rappel, but you may want to back up the fixed pins with a cam or wire for the other raps. There are 3 100 foot rappels. If you choose to hike to the base, continue for another 10 minutes to the next canyon (TWA) and descend a steep trail. Tunnel through thick brush and trees for 10 minutes, the huge right-facing corner of the first pitch will be obvious. There is a good view of the wall and the approach, at the upper end of TWA Canyon where it intersects the La Luz Trail. Look for the right-facing dihedral of Top Flite, and the "Seagram's 7" block at the summit.
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Splinted and Screwed 5.12a Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300 feet, Grade II
Top Flite 5.12 Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300 feet, Grade II
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Splinted and Screwed 5.12a NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Trundle Wall
P1: Climb through incut edges and sidepulls past a bolt and gear placement (small), then ascend the slightly overhanging wall. Big holds and bad feet characterize the crux around the third bolt (5.10+), followed by more jugs and a mantle to the belay ledge. Two bolt belay.P2: Cruise through the slab portion of the dihedral past gear and two bolts to a hands free rest before the overhanging corner. Stem and layback through the increasingly difficult dihedral while paying attention to subtle gear...[more] Browse More Classics in NM