Elevation: 8,812 ft
GPS: 35.195, -106.451 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bill Lawry on Jan 19, 2008
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: COVID-19 New Mexico Requirements - Updated Nov. 16, 2020 Details

Description

Ego Boost is a major rib that runs north-south and lies on the north side of Lower Domingo Baca Canyon. Several established routes reside on and around the south face "amphitheatre" in very close proximity to the tramway cables and, hence, the eyes of passing a "audience".

DESCENT: See the below photo of the route Diagonal showing start of descent and final rap tree. There is 150 feet of up to 5.low downclimbing to get to the final rap tree: downclimb a west facing dihedral and then rock face to a horizontal and long ramp; walk north on ramp for ~20 yards to a rap tree (~1 foot diameter) with wide gully below; ~30 meter rap; left new slingage and two rap rings 11/1/2009.
Diagonal: approximate belay locations & descent route. NOTE: I could not very well pick out the elevation of the P1 traverse in this picture or the belay at its start/finish. See this [[106588292]] for a close up of the start of the P1 traverse.

When running, the tram cables are noisy and can interfere with belay communications. On the other hand, the sunny exposure will feel good on a cool but otherwise calm early-spring / late-fall day. I think it not a coincidence that the three FA dates in Hill's guide were in spring and autumn. Sunscreen at least the back of your hands!

Getting There

From the mouth of Domingo Baca Canyon, locate Ego Boost to the north and east. After hiking up the canyon a bit, scramble and bushwhack north and east on a minor ridge following the easiest discernable terrain; seems to go okay staying on top of the ridge or slightly to the east - scrappy! Allow 3 hours from parking lot to getting roped up.

Alternatively, one can descend Echo Canyon from The Crest and then scramble west to Ego Boost. If taking this approach then see the Echo Canyon approach to Hail Peak, Ego Boost's easterly neighbor.

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