Elevation: 9,000 ft
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Shared By: Monomaniac on May 14, 2007 with improvements by Bill Lawry
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

The Pulpit is the lowest formation in "Upper La Cueva Canyon", and the first crag encountered when hiking up the La Luz Trail. Due to its distance from the Sandia Crest, this crag sees little action, and any ascent guarantees a long day.

This is a true spire that requires a rappel descent. One 60m rope is adequate if you don't mind a short, 2nd class scramble.

Getting There

Approach from the Sandia Crest, down the La Luz trail. When the La Luz trail crosses to the North side of the Canyon, continue down for several hundred yards past the Frog. The trail will make a distinct trun to the north, at which point it traverses below the Lost Spectacle cliff. The next cliff north is the Pulpit. The La Luz then climbs over a subtle saddle. Depart the La Luz trail 20 yds north of this saddle, by scrambling up a faint climber's trail. Continue to the cliff base.

Sandia Select indicates its a wash approaching from the top or bottom. This may be true in terms of time (if you account for relative driving times), but is likely untrue in terms of hiking effort.

Descent

Descent information provided by Bill Lawry

From the summit, rapping east into the saddle behind The Pulpit is typically a double-rope rap followed by a hike / scramble initially heading north from the saddle. The rap anchor has included a chain around a boulder for at least the last 11 years (2015).

One can rap from the above anchor with one 70 meter rope. Just be sure it's hanging by its middle!

I also understand that downclimbing north from the summit (i.e., to the left if one is facing towards the mentioned saddle) leads to a couple of single-rope raps from trees. I have not gone this way.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Pulpit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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The Cave Route
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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Water Stains
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
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The Cave Route
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Water Stains
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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
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