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Areas in The Overlook

Lower Buttress 0 / 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
North/West side 7 / 20 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
South/East side 19 / 15 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Underlook 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4

Description

An enjoyable basalt, mostly sport climbing crag that also offers some nice gear-protected crack climbs, the Overlook is generally regarded as the finest crag at White Rock.

There are two sides to the Overlook--a northwest aspect and a southeast aspect so climbing can be done year round. Warm winter days are awesome on the southeast side. Almost all climbs have bolted anchors, included the gear-protected crack climbs.

Most cracks were toproped in the 70s, with bolted routes put up in the 80s and no more new route potential really exists, although the original White Rock bolting agreement (1989) along with the amended agreement (2004) allows for new bolted face climbs to be established at the Overlook [per this agreement, establishing new bolted routes is not permitted at some of the other White Rock "trad" cliffs].

Although there are some new climbs in this area, the original guide to the Overlook, the 1991 Sport Climbing in New Mexico book by Samet & Jett, covers it well. The author of that book was kind enough to allow the Los Alamos Mountaineers to reproduce it digitally and post it on the club's website.

Getting There

From NM4, turn south on Rover Blvd. Turn left on the first street on your left, Meadow Lane. Stay on Meadow Lane for .8 mile or so and turn left at the well-signed Overlook Park. This park is loaded with soccer and baseball fields. Park at very end of the road at the round-about at the scenic Overlook view point. Follow the spiny, exposed ridge trail NE left the Overlook view point and descend to the next shelf. You'll be on top of the climbing cliff. A good climber's trail heads south (right) and down to the base of the southeast cliff on your left. The first bolted climb you'll find is Bosker Boozeroo.

71 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Overlook

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Headwall Crack Left
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Polly's Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Headwall Crack Right
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cholla Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Holy Wall
Sport, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
Cholla Wall
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Boy What Assholes (You Guys Turned Ou…
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Dave's Face (a.k.a. Sale at Mervyn's)
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Bosker Boozeroo
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Just Say No To Jugs
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Paul's Boutique
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Way Beyond Zebra
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Double Vision / Ream Dream
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Thorazine Dream
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Face Off
Sport, TR
Headwall Crack Left South/E side 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Polly's Crack South/E side 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Headwall Crack Right South/E side 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Cholla Crack South/E side 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Holy Wall South/E side 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Cholla Wall South/E side 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Boy What Assholes (You Guys… South/E side 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dave's Face (a.k.a. Sale at… South/E side 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Bosker Boozeroo South/E side 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Just Say No To Jugs North/W side 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Paul's Boutique South/E side 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Way Beyond Zebra South/E side 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Double Vision / Ream Dream South/E side 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Thorazine Dream South/E side 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Face Off South/E side 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
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FOUND: 4/7/17
4 locking biners attached to two yellow slings, clearly used as an anchor- found on the approach by the overlook

Text me if they are yours including the color of marking tape!
207-752-7759 May 7, 2017
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Someone left their rope in a bag at overlook this weekend, email me if you think it's yours. Oct 6, 2016

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