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El Rito Sport Area 1 / 106 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 122
El Rito Traditional Area 19 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Little River Wall 0 / 34 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 34
Elevation: 6,893 ft
GPS: 36.344, -106.19 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Jason Halladay on Jan 20, 2006
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Description

Chock full of conglomerate fun, there are three primary climbing sections around the town of El Rito, NM. The El Rito Sport Area, the El Rito Traditional Area and Little River Wall a bit west of the town of El Rito. The climbing at all the areas is really fun with lots of great pockets and cobbles to pull on.

The sport area contains well protected, cobblestone sport climbing with routes up to 5.13. If you have ever been to Maple Canyon in Utah, this place is very similar, but not quite as steep, and the area is not nearly as large.

The "trad" area has less steep, moderate, two-pitch routes up to 200' tall and is a great area for the beginning traditional climber to learn his or her skills.

The Little River Wall offers mostly moderate routes up to 90' tall on a large fin of rock in a wonderful setting right next to the El Rito (Spanish for Little River.)

An extensive online guidebook is also available for this for the sport and trad areas.

Resources

- Online guide: El Rito Sport Climbing PDF - Updated November 2014

- "Taos Rock Climbs & Boulders of Northern New Mexico" by Jay Foley, Sharp End Books, 2005.

- "Rock Climbing: New Mexico" by Dennis Jackson, Falcon.

Getting There

The sport and trad El Rito climbing areas are just a few miles north of the small community of El Rito. The Little River Wall is a few miles west of the town of El Rito.

To get to the El Rito sport and trad climbing areas travel north on FR 44 from El Rito. At the intersection for road 248 stay to the right (the sign for 248 was in the middle of the fork and unclear which road was 248 and which was FR 44). Continue on FR44, you will pass spur road 44A on the left. Park here for the sport area.

To reach the trad area, go about .6 miles further on FR44 and you will come to an unmarked road on the left. This is the road to the trad area. Take this left and drive about a mile until you get to the gate mentioned in the guide book and park on the right (obvious parking area). High clearance is necessary, or walk the road where it starts to get bad (it will take less than 30 minutes). A cairned trail leads east toward the trad cliff.

For directions to the Little River Wall, see the main Little River Wall area page.

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Classic Climbing Routes at El Rito

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Super Arete
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Walt's Wall Waltz
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Scurvy Dog
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Clast Action
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Boltaneer
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Blackballed
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Balls to the Wall
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Blackbeard
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cobble Wobble
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Full Sail
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Jug-or-Naut
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Walking the Plank (aka The Buzz)
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Bolting Barbie
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Stroke Me
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Crack Attack
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Super Arete El Rito Sport Area > Super Slab 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Walt's Wall Waltz El Rito Sport Area > Walt's Wall (aka The Outsider Wall) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Scurvy Dog El Rito Sport Area > Pirate's Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Clast Action El Rito Sport Area > Super Slab 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Boltaneer El Rito Sport Area > Super Slab 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Blackballed El Rito Sport Area > Gnar Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Balls to the Wall El Rito Sport Area > Gnar Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Blackbeard El Rito Sport Area > Pirate's Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cobble Wobble El Rito Sport Area > Big Pine Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Full Sail El Rito Sport Area > Super Slab 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Jug-or-Naut El Rito Sport Area > Balcony 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Walking the Plank (aka The… El Rito Sport Area > Pirate's Wall 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Bolting Barbie El Rito Sport Area > Rad Wall 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Stroke Me El Rito Sport Area > Rad Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Crack Attack El Rito Sport Area > Rad Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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magoo
Duke City
magoo   Duke City
Stich wrote:
If you look from the sport camp area, you can see cliffs to the left that look clean and tall. It doesn't seem to be in the guide, however. Might that be some "secret" area? Heh. I'm sure there is more to develop.

- There is a large cliff band north of the sport area that could yield some long, easy/moderate routes if one was so inclined. I'm not talking about the cliff immediately to the north, which is really just a continuation of the formations that make up the sport area, but a completely separated band of cliffs further north and a little higher up the mountain side. It's more or less straight east of the trad wall. Approach by hiking straight up the hillside from the road a little ways north of the sport area parking spot., maybe about halfway to the turn off to the trad area. The rock, especially on the south end of this cliffband, appears quite good in spots, but low angle. There are some steeper alcoves/roofs but these steeper sections tend to slab out quickly. The wall is +100' in spots.
-m Sep 9, 2017
We're so lucky to have an area like this. It's like a climbing gym outside. Tons of routes in a "relatively" small area. Huge range of difficulties, styles and heights.

Because this is such a popular area, please be mindful of the condition of the top anchors. Top roping through the *permanent* hardware looks to be really common practice. I have found some pretty sketchy stuff at the top of climbs.

  • *FOR THE SAFETY OF YOU AND OTHERS, PLEASE LEARN HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN TOP ROPE ANCHORS AND TOP ROPE THROUGH YOUR OWN GEAR**

Not only is this good etiquette, but it's better practice. It's all fun an games until a piece breaks from over use and neglect. Aug 8, 2017
We lost an iPhone 6 at an el rito campsite today. Past the split in the road that comes back together, going to the right at the fork in the road it's the first campsite to the right. There are a few logs set up around a fire pit in a shaded area and a creek in the background. If anyone finds it, please contact me: roberto_nava93@yahoo.com Jun 9, 2017
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Stich wrote:If you look from the sport camp area, you can see cliffs to the left that look clean and tall. It doesn't seem to be in the guide, however. Might that be some "secret" area? Heh. I'm sure there is more to develop.
There might be some random good lines in that area but after hiking and exploring that region, I found typically things are either not as steep as they look or pretty crummy rock. No secret areas that I'm aware of, damn it. Jun 5, 2017
Tim Stich
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tim Stich   Colorado Springs, Colorado
Almost stepped on a rattlesnake in the boulder field below the trad area. Keep alert and use a long stick to poke around in front of you on cold mornings when snakes come out to bask in the sun to warm up.

If you look from the sport camp area, you can see cliffs to the left that look clean and tall. It doesn't seem to be in the guide, however. Might that be some "secret" area? Heh. I'm sure there is more to develop. May 29, 2017
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Ilise Merritt wrote:Heading to El Rito for Memorial weekend. Will it be okay to leave our camp setup behind while we go climb (tents, sleeping bag, dry box...)? Or is it better to pack everything up again?
We've never had any problems leaving camp up in all the years we've been camping there. There will be a lot of folks there for the holiday weekend with many camps setup so I wouldn't be concerned. May 25, 2017
Heading to El Rito for Memorial weekend. Will it be okay to leave our camp setup behind while we go climb (tents, sleeping bag, dry box...)? Or is it better to pack everything up again? May 25, 2017
Ken Hamel
Bristol, RI
Ken Hamel   Bristol, RI
Love this place! Only tried the trad area, on a limited amount of time...one day...so not knowing how the ratings would match up...started easy with a 5.5. Felt real fun and easy. Then to a 5.6+...still easy, but loads of fun!
We were alone from 8am-3pm. Will come back for more! Oct 19, 2015
Many thanks to Jason Halladay for making a special trip out to El Rito and recovering my camera! In addition to putting up many awesome routes at significant personal expense, Jason went out of his way to recover a camera for a guy he didn't know. One thing that has kept me climbing for many decades has been meeting so many wonderful human beings, like Jason, who are part of our tribe. Thanks, bro... Dec 2, 2014
DLach  
Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I look forward to exploring the area and having fun. Are there any camping locations you recommend or are sites pretty obvious? Mar 6, 2014
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
DLach wrote:My friend and I plan on doing some camping and climbing here over spring break. I do have some concerns though. Is it dangerous to camp near the climbing areas? Are the locals and break-ins really that bad? Thank you for any advice you can offer.
On May 21, 2009, Jason Halladay wrote:I've been going to El Rito sport and trad areas for years including overnight camping and never had a problem personally or known anyone that has had a problem. In my opinion the theft issue is over-hyped.
This quote of mine still holds true. I've camped and climbed at the El Rito sport area many times since May 2009 without any issues and still personally don't know anyone that's had troubles. Mar 5, 2014
DLach  
My friend and I plan on doing some camping and climbing here over spring break. I do have some concerns though. Is it dangerous to camp near the climbing areas? Are the locals and break-ins really that bad? Thank you for any advice you can offer. Mar 5, 2014
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Claire23 wrote:Are there any bathrooms or water available at the sport climbing area or at the camping along the road? Pit toilets or running water?
Unfortunately no restrooms or pit toilets near the El Rito sport or trad climbing areas. As for running water, a small stream called the Cañada de Potrero runs intermittently along the campsites near the sport climbing area parking. You'd certainly want to treat this water for drinking. Feb 17, 2014
Are there any bathrooms or water available at the sport climbing area or at the camping along the road? Pit toilets or running water? Feb 17, 2014
This is REALLY interesting. I drove up there with my aging geologist Dad today (8/18/13) and my wife and daughters and my mother. Dad has a PhD in geology (University of Tasmania, 1953 or so) so he's always stoked to look at rock. It was surprising to see all the route development there.

I'd climbed at the "traditional area," of course, with the LA Mountaineers in 1982----who hadn't?

Paul Fehlau and I later (1989) went up to the cobbled cliffs (the so-called "Sport Area") and top-roped a bunch of climbs (all of the the Super Slab routes) that year. Ha! It's such a great place to climb. Funny to read the official "history." Who friggin' cares? It's cragging.

Glad to see it got developed. I'll scan the one or two pics I have from the late 1980s of climbing in the cobble ("Sport") area and post once I figure out how to run my demonic scanner-----BTW, if I die in the next few days, Canon is responsible. Someone please promise to sue them. Aug 18, 2013
Climbed there the weekend of 8/3/13. No problems at all with local shenanigans as mentioned above. In fact it was quiet---REALLY quiet! Great camping, no one bothered us. We basically had the whole place to ourselves Fri and Sat. Fun, compact climbing area, very easy to get a lot in. Routes are shorter but still enjoyable. Like a mix between Maple and Shelf (area-wise, at least.) Great place! Aug 5, 2013
Recently visited el rito last weekend 06/02/13 on a climbing trip from texas , and have left a small black camera bag with a go pro and solio charger inside. it was being used to document the trip. if anyone happened to pick it up or knows what happened to it. please contact me at. (210) 663-3034. if not at least post the picks online, cause they were sick!!!! Jun 3, 2013
chosspector
San Juans, CO
chosspector   San Juans, CO
Bring lots of guns for the camping and go to El Farolito for the chile! Apr 9, 2013
Excellent climbing area; no problems with the locals as others have mentioned, although I've only been there once so far. One thing to note: THERE ARE MULTIPLE "EL RITO"S IN NEW MEXICO.

WRONG: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ri…
WRONG: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ri…
RIGHT: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ri…

I went with a group of friends and we went to the wrong one, i.e. the one that comes up by default on Google maps near Taos. Ended up spending over six hours driving to get to the right place. Yes, I know there are directions, and yes, maybe we're just dumb - but, just sayin'. If you've never been before make sure you go to the right one. Jun 12, 2012
Thank you J.Halladay for the online guide! It was helpful and I loved the climbing!

Update on locals... Aside from trash along the forest roads, the only strange encounter we had (and it was quite strange to me) was a calf head and a cow head just BAM, in the middle of FS road 44. Was really gross and sad. Clearly put there on purpose by some A-hole. Looked pretty fresh. Beautiful area but dang...poor animals! Apr 23, 2012
Orlando  
Locals update....I grew up in northern NM, and I've never met sketchier people in my whole life, myself included.
Low riders, heroin, drinkin' in arroyos and shootin' the guns...I'm starting to get homesick just thinking about it.

and PS: you're safe in regards to getting stabbed with a bayonet - we reserve that honor for cousins. Jul 26, 2010
Catherine Conner
Phoenix, AZ
Catherine Conner   Phoenix, AZ
Locals update....never met friendlier people in my life. Jul 25, 2010
Booty, locals, and bears...

Sarah and I climbed at the trad area yesterday (9/8/09). We arrived around 9am and departed around 8pm. We left some booty (a blue #9 BD stopper) 30-ft from the top of the 2nd pitch on Packrat Dihedral. We finished our final climb of the day right at sunset, so it was completely dark by the time we grabbed our dog and gear at the base of the climbs and hiked down to our vehicle. As we approached our vehicle, a guy (male, early 20's) was waiting hidden in the brush at the opposite end of the small parking area. Once he saw us (we had no idea he was there), he startled us as he fired up his ATV and started to head off. I waved to him as his headlights flashed me, and he rode up to our vehicle. He chatted with us for several minutes and was extremely friendly. It turns out that he was waiting for us to return to our vehicle to see if we were "illegal" hunters, but I guess our rock gear indicated otherwise. He claimed to own the land just beyond the gate near the parking area. He had a hunting bow on him, and claimed to have been elk hunting when he crossed paths with three bears. He had followed the bears right through the trad parking area just 15-min before we arrived. We were extremely lucky that the bears didn't mess with our dog while we were climbing. Sep 8, 2009
scotthsu
Los Alamos, NM
scotthsu   Los Alamos, NM
Went to the trad area today, no run-ins with locals nor falcons, just the typical great solitary day with no other parties on the wall. (Arrived around 9:30am, departed just before 3pm.) I did hear a gunshot off in the distance around 11:30am or noon, though. Aug 9, 2009
Christian Garland
Talala, OK
Christian Garland   Talala, OK
BTW, If you camping in the area watch out for Bears. Saw one this weekend drinking from the creek less than a 1/2 mile from the parking area. Be sure to hang your food at night. Jul 27, 2009
I second Dave's recommendation of the El Faralito restaurant! The staff were very accommodating and friendly, even though it was obvious we were not locals.

I did see the trash at the head end of the dirt road though, it was a bit sad. Once you pass the Sign though i is clean as a whistle.

Highly recommend the Sport area. Jul 26, 2009
Seems that the incidents occur near the start of the road into the sport area. Haven't you noticed the dumped tires and shot-up bottles and other trash in the little pull-outs just after the dirt road takes off from the end of town? Your posse is not very likely to get into trouble, as you get up there mid-morning and come out well before dark.
Out of state plates? C'mon, bro, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are plenty enough "not from here" to get those punks riled up.
I work in the E.R. in Albuquerque, and once I saw a patient who was flown in from El Rito after having been stabbed with a bayonet on a rifle used for civil war reinactments (there was no reinactment going on at the time)! They don't mess around.... Jul 23, 2009
scotthsu
Los Alamos, NM
scotthsu   Los Alamos, NM
The recent comments about threatening locals concerns me. As Jason Halladay said above, I've frequented El Rito (mostly the trad area) since 2003, probably been there well over 2 dozen times, and I've never encountered a single problem with threatening locals. We typically show up around 8 or 9am on a Sat or Sun morning and depart around 3-5pm. I haven't been there yet in 2009, so I wonder if this is a newly developing problem. I also wonder exactly where the incidents described above happened (i.e., were they on the way to the sport area, or did some incidents occur past the sport area on the way to the trad area?). Finally, I wonder if the incidents above all happened to people in cars with out-of-state license plates? (I've heard anecdotes about such "profiling" in other parts of northern NM.) Jul 18, 2009
The local thing is for real. I have a friend who had a long conversation with a local ranger, who said that they've had problems where local hoodlums flag down cars along the road as if they need roadside assistance, then rob people with weapons. The ranger was very clear about recommending NOT stopping, but simply blasting on through as quickly as possible. I'm not a gun person, but if I were a gun person, I would bring my gun to El Rito.
As Lee mentioned (in the sport climbing section), best to try not to drive in or out after dark on Fri/Sat nights, as the local riff-raff are often out partying at that time (which often includes alcohol and shootin').
Of course, staying in good graces with the local ranchers is an entirely different matter. We should always be courteous when driving around cattle,and defer to honest working locals. By the way, if you want to have a local experience that makes you feel a bit better about the area, go into El Farolito and order a combination plate. They don't serve alcohol, but are more than happy to let you bring in your own beer or wine. Jul 17, 2009
That's creepy, Amanda. You'd kick their asses! Reminds me of the types of encounters we'd have in our snake hunting days. We befriended a snake hunter/business connection in Ca. who lived on the Rez (man, his family was CRAZY, very bizarre!)so we could have access to key areas to look for Red Rubers, which at that time there was a high demand for them; in, and outside the US. He'd "escort us", and tell us where bodies are, or have been found, and warned us about people who were watching us. He didn't smile when he'd tell us, so I was hypervigilant when we were out hunting with him. I'd always breathe a BIG sigh of relief when we drove out of the danger zones. I have some friends from some of more unfriendly areas in NM, and from what they tell me, it ain't no joke! Be safe. Jun 17, 2009
Brent.Sinn
Boulder, CO
Brent.Sinn   Boulder, CO
BE AWARE OF THE LOCALS! My trip to El Rito ended with an indirect direct threat by one rancher and a confrontation with another one about a calf. As my friend and I were leaving, we pulled off the side of the road to allow a truck and trailer coming the other way pass. As we were pinned down, the rancher took the liberty to inform us that we need to make sure to keep our speed under control (even though I felt like I was not speeding) and that I need to tell all my friends, that means you guys. He ended this condescending speech with “if something happens, like you hit a cow or a person, you are going to be in a lot of trouble, not just with the law.” I got the feeling that he was not necessarily irate at me specifically, but that the people of El Rito do not like foreigners in their area, especially if we are driving more than 5 MPH.

The second incident happen a couple miles down the road where there was a calf on the side of the road and I was trying to pass it. I thought I was not being threatening to the cow and I was just trying to pass it, but apparently a second rancher thought differently. He rode up on his horse, with lasso and all, and yelled at me for chasing the young cow. I thought I was driving appropriately around the cow, but I guess not.

The moral of this trip is that you should be respectful of the people in the area so that me and "my friends" don't get a bad rap with the locals. So drive VERY slowly on the road from El Rito to the climbing area and be very careful when driving around cattle. Other than that, the climbing is good. Jun 11, 2009
Thanks Jason - information greatly appreciated! i'm definitely not one of those paranoid people that would blow off a trip altogether based on rumors but i will definitely be a little more relaxed ON my trip thanks to your information! So - thanks again! Happy Climbing! May 21, 2009
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Ron Kleinsmith wrote:Does anyone know if they are still having "theft/ break-in problems @ El Rito?
Ron, I've been going to El Rito sport and trad areas for years including overnight camping and never had a problem personally or known anyone that has had a problem. In my opinion the theft issue is over-hyped. May 21, 2009
Does anyone know if they are still having "theft/ break-in problems @ El Rito? May 21, 2009
Mike Howard    
Scott,
Welcome to MP and thanks for your opinion (even though it came off a touch harsh when I first read it) but I think my point is still valid. Given 'Taos Rock' is in the first edition, I agree it could be improved on. When it came out a few years back (2005) it was, and I would argue still is, the most complete book on the subject for this area and a real gift to our climbing community. I think Dennis Jackson's statewide book is also done well (with some limits by scope he would probably admit) but Jay's book tried to make available every route in the county.

Jay, Bob D'Antonio, Joel Tinl, Dennis and a few others have since tripled the total number of pitches in the county and some of that is listed here. I agree on the difficulty of finding one's way around NM, I still get lost, but I have checked the directions and I think they are pretty sound. As for the route descriptions, aren't they all shown as photos?

I, for one, have been impressed by the effort these guys have put in.
Salud y paz,
Mike

Please see the ?Taos Area? page for additional comments May 12, 2009
I did not find Jay Foley's Taos Rock guidebook to be helpful while climbing in the Taos area and feel that better, more detailed directions and route descriptions can be found online rather than in that book, both at naclassics.com and here on mountainproject. Perhaps the Foley book could be a supplement if you really wanted to buy it.

I was frustrated with Foley’s Taos book mostly because the directions to every area we went to were vague at best and left a lot of room for interpretation in how to get there. We had to ask for help several times. For future editions, it would be helpful to note that the directions seemed like they were written for locals only, who were already familiar with all the unmarked dirt roads and country highways rather than out-of-towners. Same goes for the route information, if there even was any. I guess it’s best summed up in the El Rito chapter when it says for “detailed route descriptions visit Gary Clark’s website at naclassics.com/elrito”. I'm confused why I should visit a free website rather than consult the guidebook I purchased for route information. All the locals we ran into sympathetically laughed when they saw us using the Sharp End book and one of them was gracious enough to let me keep the print out from Clark’s website – thanks Mark!

If I could do it over again, I would have saved my money and simply looked at the information online, both at naclassics.com and on this website. May 11, 2009
drusch  
Supplemental directions: To get to the trad area travel north on FR 44. At the intersection for road 248 stay to the right (the sign for 248 was in the middle of the fork and unclear which road was 248 and which was FR 44). Continue on FR44, you will pass spur road 44A on the left. Go about .6 miles further and you will come to an unmarked road on the left. This is the road to the trad area. Take this left and drive about a mile until you get to the gate mentioned in the guide book and park on the right (obvious parking area). Look for the fire ring on the southeast corner of the parking area and follow the cairns to the wall. The trad wall is east and south of the fire ring. Mar 24, 2008
Monomaniac
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
Hard to say, this time of year. I haven't been out this winter. I've climbed there in November before, but it was pretty cold. Most of the good cliffs face west, but the Super Slab & the Schoolhouse Slab face South, so they would be ok if its sunny.

The real questin will be the road, as you suggested. That road can get really muddy at times. I would be worried that snowmelt will make the road a mess. Feb 19, 2008
ElyseSokoloff
Spokane, WA
ElyseSokoloff   Spokane, WA
So El Rito next week..issues with climbing there re: cold and access? We were there in April last year and it was perfect. Temps look like they'll be high 40's...too cold? Also, I can't remember how bad the road was out there. Will the snow be too much of an issue? TIA. Feb 19, 2008
Anthony Stout
Albuquerque, NM
Anthony Stout   Albuquerque, NM  
Great! Uhhhh, makes me glad that I paid for the CD just a few months ago. Oh well, guess you gotta chalk it up to a donation for all the great work they put into it. Jun 26, 2007
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
The NAclassics.com content has moved the Los Alamos Mountaineers website. This includes the El Rito Trad and Sport online guides as well as all of the contents of the CD that one used to have to pay for. This is quality material and we're lucky to have free access to it now! Jun 25, 2007
Monomaniac
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
I've climbed almost every route at El Rito and I;ve never pulled off a cobble, or seen once come off. If I were you, I'd be more concerned about the sandstone matrix. But it all seems really solid to me. Jan 10, 2007
Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO
Ben Bruestle   Pueblo, CO
The conglomerate climbing here is very similar to Maple Canyon, UT, except no crowds. Jan 27, 2006

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