Elevation: 8,001 ft
GPS: 37.845, -106.289 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Rog on Nov 6, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Access Issue: Closed October 11th-14th, 2018 Details

Description

As my (arbitrary) name suggests, the inner portion of Penitente proper - anything after the side canyon. You know you're there when you see the Virgin Mary on the wall. Just to the right of the virgin are a couple classics - Tanks for the Hueco (a great climb for mere mortals) and Bullet the Blue Sky (great for mortals to look at).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Penitente - Inner Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 171
How The West Was Won
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 55
Ms. Cool
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 46
Apes in Estrus
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 78
Jewel Of The Mild
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 61
Children Of A Lesser Grade
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 71
Concupiscent Curds
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 210
Tanks for the Hueco
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 59
Breakdown Dead Ahead
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 41
Brown Sugar
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 236
Not My Cross To Bear
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 64
Shear Strength
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 113
Los Hermanos de la Weenie Way
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 41
Dazed and Confuzed
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 31
Sister of Mercy
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 64
Bullet the Blue Sky
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
How The West Was Won
 171
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ms. Cool
 55
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Apes in Estrus
 46
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Jewel Of The Mild
 78
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Children Of A Lesser Grade
 61
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Concupiscent Curds
 71
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Tanks for the Hueco
 210
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Breakdown Dead Ahead
 59
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Brown Sugar
 41
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Not My Cross To Bear
 236
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Shear Strength
 64
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Los Hermanos de la Weenie Way
 113
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Dazed and Confuzed
 41
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Sister of Mercy
 31
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Bullet the Blue Sky
 64
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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Speaking of the Virgin.....does anyone know who chipped (drilled)the holds on that (unlisted) route of the same name ??? Oct 11, 2002
Legs Magillicutty   Durango
There are chipped/drilled holes all over the canyon, especially in the area of the Virgin. As my boyfriend was climbing Bullet, I noticed that someone went back in and filled in some holes with epoxy. Chipping is for WUSSIES!!!! Sep 2, 2003
Chipping is lame. Are some of those holes around the painting of the Virgin bullet holes that have been repaired? Thad Sep 2, 2003
The route Virgin No More was chipped or drilled by D'Antonio I heard. Sep 3, 2003
Bob D'Antonio didn't chip the Virgin or any other route in the canyon so that's a pretty harsh accusation to hurl at a guy who really developed and opened up Penitente Canyon. I know who chipped the Virgin as well as did some enhancing on Bullet. He knows who he is. I hope he knows it was lame. Chipping lowers the route to your own meek self. Better to elevate your skill to the rock or not climb it... Oct 8, 2003