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Elevation: 6,400 ft 1,951 m
GPS: 35.82744, -106.17867
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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.

77 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
 63
Headwall Crack Left
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Polly's Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 38
Headwall Crack Right
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 65
Cholla Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 51
Scrambled (aka Bob's Route)
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 57
Cholla Wall
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 113
Holy Wall
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 56
Boy What Assholes (You Guys Turn…
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 58
Dave's Face (a.k.a. Sale at Merv…
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 10
Crisis In Utopia
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 74
Way Beyond Zebra
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 27
Double Vision / Ream Dream
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 49
Thorazine Dream
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 52
Face Off
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Biomechanoid
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Headwall Crack Left South/E side
 63
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Polly's Crack South/E side
 49
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Headwall Crack Right South/E side
 38
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Cholla Crack South/E side
 65
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Scrambled (aka Bob's Route) Lower Buttress
 51
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Cholla Wall South/E side
 57
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Holy Wall South/E side
 113
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Boy What Assholes (You Guys… South/E side
 56
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dave's Face (a.k.a. Sale at… South/E side
 58
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Crisis In Utopia North/W side
 10
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Way Beyond Zebra South/E side
 74
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Double Vision / Ream Dream South/E side
 27
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Thorazine Dream South/E side
 49
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Face Off South/E side
 52
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Biomechanoid North/W side
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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