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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.

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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

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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
 35
Bosch Hogg
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 88
Original Face Route
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 143
Hellboy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 250
Post Moderate
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 42
Roid Boys
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 79
Protein Supplement
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 41
Clean Energy
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 106
Naked Lunch
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 63
Sunbaked
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 153
Grape Ape
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 36
Gopher Broke
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 57
SOL Man (aka Not In the End)
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 34
Xibalba
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 62
Blind Faith
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 93
Pale Face
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bosch Hogg
 35
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Original Face Route
 88
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Hellboy
 143
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Post Moderate
 250
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Roid Boys
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Protein Supplement
 79
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Clean Energy
 41
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Naked Lunch
 106
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Sunbaked
 63
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Grape Ape
 153
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Gopher Broke
 36
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
SOL Man (aka Not In the End)
 57
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Xibalba
 34
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 2 pitches
Blind Faith
 62
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pale Face
 93
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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