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Areas in Cochiti Mesa

Dihedrals, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
North Cliffband 6 / 18 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
South Cliffband 2 / 13 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Upper Cliff Band 0 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 6,966 ft
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Nov 28, 2006
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

Cochiti Mesa was, for many years, one of New Mexico's premier sport climbing areas. However, after the Las Conchas fire of 2011, the area has become a scorched wasteland and much, if not all, of the climbing has been destroyed. The information here is considered historical now. It is sad to see the end of an era.
See the MountainProject thread here for more information. -- JH, August 2013.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cochiti Mesa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Monkey Lust
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 9
Just Say No to Crack
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
The Boya from La Jolla Who Stepp…
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Another Lichen Nightmare
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Dynabolic
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
The Prow
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
Praise the Lunge
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 9
Open Mouth Syndrome (OMS)
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 6
Dreamscape
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
La Espina
Sport, TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 6
Gunning for the Buddha
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 7
Shadowdancer
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Monkey Lust N Cliffband
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Just Say No to Crack S Cliffband
 9
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
The Boya from La Jolla Who… Upper Cliff Band
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Another Lichen Nightmare S Cliffband
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Dynabolic S Cliffband
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
The Prow S Cliffband
 11
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Praise the Lunge N Cliffband
 11
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Open Mouth Syndrome (OMS) N Cliffband
 9
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Dreamscape S Cliffband
 6
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, TR
La Espina N Cliffband
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Gunning for the Buddha N Cliffband
 6
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Shadowdancer S Cliffband
 7
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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Scott Beguin
Santa Fe, NM
Scott Beguin   Santa Fe, NM
Update: I went out here yesterday and discovered that most of, if not all of these routes were affected greatly by the Los Conchas fire in 2011. Bolts and rock layers have been cooked by firestorms with ambient air temps greater than 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. There are no live trees left, no shade, crumbling rock, burned hardware, and is pretty much a wasteland now. It was quite sobering to find this. This marks the end of an era, and a wonderful area that this was. I am thankful to have gotten to climb the years that I have there. I did not make it to Eagle Canyon to check it, but I am assuming the worst as well. The Dihedrals were cooked too. Vista Point seems to be ok, but could use some anchor upgrades as there are no trees to anchor with. I guess you could drive a car to the rim and use it for an anchor. I will head out again at some point to verify the status of the crags I did not make it to, and will post. Jul 9, 2012
J. Albers
Colorado
J. Albers   Colorado
Oh no....this is super sad news, both for the area and the climbing itself. Please keep posting as you find out more information (including info concerning Eagle Canyon). Wow, so depressing.
Thanks Scott. Jul 9, 2012
Shirtless Mike
Denver, CO
Shirtless Mike   Denver, CO  
For more information on the current post fire status see this thread mountainproject.com/v/cochi… Oct 15, 2012

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