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Routes in Las Hermanas

(Unknown North Arete S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Beer Helmet V2+ 5+
Chalk Fairy S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Chewbacca V6 7A
Edges V7 7A+
Feeling Merry V5 6C
Four and One V2 5+
Grunt Sigh Grunt (working title) T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Heart-Shaped Box V5 6C
Jump for Joy V5 6C
Magic Mushroom V2 5+
Mellow Mushroom V2 5+
Muffin Top Aerobics S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Perfect Hair Forever V4+ 6B+
Pinchin' Patti's Fatty V5 6C
Powder Pixie S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Socorro Socorro S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Three Peck V3 6A
Unknown Left S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unknown Right S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Whale Tail Pilates S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Description

Las Hermanas, or The Sisters, is a collection of 3 large boulders about 40 feet tall. From South to North (or bottom to top) they are known as Angela, Lucia, and Arniel. This area has about 15 routes from 5.8 to 5.12. There are also many opportunities for bouldering.

Climbing consists of typical Socorro climbing involving technical moves on crimps and the occasional pocket. Climbs vary from slabby to slightly overhanging.

Boulders and Climbs

I could find little information on many of these routes. Please let me know if you have any further information.
All listed From left to right:

Angela (Lower, or South Hermana)
Edges (V7)
Heart-Shaped Box (V5)

Lucia (Middle Hermana)
Perfect Hair Forever (V4-5): Boulder problem on the middle of the downhill face.
Unknown (5.11): Steep route to up an overhanging face. This route is the leftmost of three routes on a north and east facing corner.
Viva La Vulva (5.10c): Trad.
Powder Pixie (5.11b/c): Sequence, fairly sustained, and fun route to the right of the first unknown. The top of the route is shared with #3.
Chalk Fairy (5.11a/b): Bouldery start past the first two bolts leads to easier climbing above.

Arniel (Upper Hermana)
Most of these routes were bolted by Vaino Kodas. More information can be found on Vaino's website
Whale Tail Pilates (5.9): On the very left side of Arniel within the corridor between this formation and Lucia.
Muffin Top Aerobics (5.9): Climbs the arete.
Unknown Left (5.10b): Climbs the face to the overhanging boulder.
Lars Bars (5.11a): To the right of the crack, faces left.
Unknown Right (5.10d): Fun movement up the second arete of the formation.
Crouching Pocket (5.10c/d)
Hidden Handhold (5.10c/d)
Socorro Socorro (5.12a)
Climbing Outside the Box (5.10c)
(Unknown North Arete (5.7)

Other Nearby Boulders

Chewbacca Boulder
This is the obvious cave just East of the Arniel boulder
Chewbacca (V6): Cave.

Girl Boulder
Located just to the East of Chewbacca cave.
Feeling Merry (V5)
Jump for Joy (V5)
Pinchin' Patti's Fatty (V5)

Fun Guy
Sits about 40 yards downhill to the Southeast of Angela, and about 30 yards to the Northeast of Peck's Mystery. It can be recognized by the mushroom-like appearance from the West.
Magic Mushroom (V2)
Mellow Mushroom (V2)

Three Men Boulder
SE of Funguy and East of Peck's Mystery. There is a East-facing, huecoed overhang.
Beer Helmet (V3)
Four and One (V2)
Three Peck (V3)

Getting There

Park at Major Wall and head towards the Unbeatable Boulder. Continue about 100 yards east and look for 3 large boulders.

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Arthur Sullivan
Albuquerque,NM
Arthur Sullivan   Albuquerque,NM
I believe there is some confusion with the route listings above. "Whale Tail Pilates" starts on the north side of the notch that separates the Arniel (uppermost) and Lucia (middle) boulder. All of the routes to the north of whale tail listed left to right above are located on the arniel boulder ending with "Climbing Outside the Box 5.10c) and an bolted arete (5.7) on the north edge of arniel. I believe the routes on arniel from left to right are...
1."Whale Tale Pilates" 5.9
2."Muffin Top Aerobics" 5.9
3.Bulge Left of Lars Bars 5.10b/c
4."Lars Bars" 5.11a
5.Arete Right of Lars Bars 5.10d

Around to the north side of Arniel past the "Chewbaca Cave"
6."Crouching Tiger" 5.10c/d
7."Hidden Handhold" 5.10c/d
8 "Socorro Socorro" 5.12a
9."Climbing Outside the Box" 5.10c/d
10. Unknown North Arete 5.7

The back side of Lucia (middle boulder) has four climbs which I believe left to right are
1. Unknown 5.11
2. "Viva la Vulva" 5.10c (trad)
3. "Powder Pixie" 5.11b/c
4. "Chalk Fairy" 5.11a/b

This is one of my favorite places to climb in the winter. Great view and sun until about 2:00. Feb 21, 2010
George Perkins
The Dungeon, NM
George Perkins   The Dungeon, NM
I found an in-progress guide, which I used to add names to some of the unknown sport climbs. Definitely correct if there are mistakes/add'l info, especially as it could be a while until I get down here again.
enchantedtower.com/PrintDra…
It doesn't have Vaino's new routes, or old lines delineated, so it's not all that helpful. Jan 1, 2010
Bob Broilo
Socorro, NM
Bob Broilo   Socorro, NM
Angela is actually Edges boulder, so I think all the routes you have listed for it belong on Lucia (behind Perfect Hair Forever). Dec 31, 2009

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