Elevation: 5,934 ft
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Feb 13, 2006
Admins: Shirtless Mike, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

Description

Long, sunny, moderate sport routes are the primary attraction for the Winter Wall. This wall contains some of the longest sport routes in New Mexico and makes for a great winter destination.

However, be careful on many of the routes on this wall. Despite some absolute gems, many of the routes look and can be a little chossy. Climbers, and especially belayers, should always wear a helmet at this wall. That said, there are some classic lines here and it's a very popular sport climbing destination in northern NM.

The routes Post Moderate (5.9) and Grape Ape (5.10c) are two, not-to-be missed classics of the wall.

Getting There

See the Diablo Canyon overview photo. The Winter Wall is impossible to miss as it is the tall, south-facing wall directly in front as you as you enter the parking area!

Descent

The Winter Wall is unique for its rope-stretching sport routes. Many routes are over 100' long and therefore require 70 or 80 meter ropes, two 60m ropes or mid-way rap anchors on a single rope for descent.
Often times, newer climbers aren't well-versed in different methodologies for efficient and safe climbing/lowering using two ropes. George's comment below includes some great suggestions for descending Winter Wall routes.

As with all descent options, double or triple check your knot and rope configuration before lowering or rappelling!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Winter Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 40
Original Face Route
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 87
Hellboy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 161
Post Moderate
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 23
Roid Boys
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 50
Protein Supplement
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Clean Energy
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 60
Naked Lunch
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 13
Highly Caffenated
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 40
Sunbaked
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 91
Grape Ape
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Gopher Broke
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 31
SOL Man (aka Not In the End)
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 21
Xibalba
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 28
Blind Faith
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 49
Pale Face
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Original Face Route
 40
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Hellboy
 87
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Post Moderate
 161
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Roid Boys
 23
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Protein Supplement
 50
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Clean Energy
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Naked Lunch
 60
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Highly Caffenated
 13
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Sunbaked
 40
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Grape Ape
 91
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Gopher Broke
 18
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
SOL Man (aka Not In the End)
 31
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Xibalba
 21
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 2 pitches
Blind Faith
 28
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pale Face
 49
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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