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South Rock

New Mexico > Taos Area > Tres Piedras
Warning Access Issue: Some rocks in this area are on private property. Seasonal Raptor Nesting. DetailsDrop down

Description

Several quality routes of "moderate" difficulty (5.8 to 5.11-) ascend this prominent formation.

Getting There

South Rock is the first rock encountered walking north from the parking area.

Descent

You can rappel down either the north or the south side rappels with a single 60m rope (~28m rappel for either way).
A nasty walkoff/downclimb exists on the east end of the rock (don't do it).

Routes from Left to Right

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Early morning light on the east end of South Rock. September 2021.
[Hide Photo] Early morning light on the east end of South Rock. September 2021.
Routes from Left to Right:
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5.9 Zigzag Man
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5.11- Airy Scary
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5.9+ Agent Orange
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5.10+ Unknown
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5.9 Unknown
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5.9 Unknown
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5.10- Eagle Nest
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5.10- Alias the Martian
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5.11- R Static Cling
[Hide Photo] Routes from Left to Right: 5.9 Zigzag Man 5.11- Airy Scary 5.9+ Agent Orange 5.10+ Unknown 5.9 Unknown 5.9 Unknown 5.10- Eagle Nest 5.10- Alias the Martian 5.11- R Static Cling
Approaching South Rock from the parking area
[Hide Photo] Approaching South Rock from the parking area
Descending on the north side.
[Hide Photo] Descending on the north side.
The south face of South Rock.
[Hide Photo] The south face of South Rock.

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Bill Lawry
Albuquerque, NM
[Hide Comment] Can use the easy-to-find anchors at the top of Surface Tension to rap off the NW end of South Rock into a slot / gully with a HUGE chockstone. A 70 meter rope can get you just downhill of the chockstone. The description of Surface Tension reports that a 60 meter will just make it being careful first to find the center of the rope - watch your ends! - probably lands you uphill of the HUGE chockstone after which it appears you can tunnel around the chockstone if that's the direction you are heading. Aug 15, 2011