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Funktuation S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Izimbra S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

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This crag features about 20 routes, mostly 5.12s and two 5.13s. There are a few trad lines here that are in the 5.11 range, but mostly this is a hardman's area. Unlike the Mesa, there is no shade at this crag once the sun hits, so get there early or in the dead of winter.

Getting There

This crag is up the road about half a mile from Cochiti Mesa. It can be a bit hard to find. Continue past the Mesa parking. After a few hundred yards an obvious view point appears on the left (Vista Point Overlook). Stop and enjoy the view, then get back in your car and continue .5 miles up the road. Park near a large dead tree, and scramble down the left side of the road to the cliff. It will probably take a couple of tries to find this place, but it's only about 2 minutes from the road.

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5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
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Izimbra 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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Jean  
Has anyone done Funktuation? I always thought it was the harder line here, Izimbra is probably more like 13a, Funktuation 13b. Jun 18, 2008
Monomaniac
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
The "trail" to Cacti Cliff has recently been upgraded. Much of the foliage has been cut back, and the trail is now marked with pink flagging. The start of the trail is still very hard to find, however. Continue from the Vista Point overlook, through the gate, and up a slight inlcine. Once the road levels out, look for a large dead tree lying on its side on the left. This is the spot. Local rednecks have been slowly harvesting this dead tree for firewood, so who knows how long this landmark will last. Anyway, hike in a perpendicular direction from the road (on the left, SW side) just to the North of this dead tree. Within 50 feet of the road you should see some pink flagging. Dec 4, 2006

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