Mountain Project Logo
To save paper & ink, use the [Hide] controls next to photos and comments so you only print what you need.

Ego Boost

New Mexico > Albuquerque Area > Sandia Mountains > Domingo Baca Canyon,…
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.

Routes from Left to Right

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 4
Diagonal
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1
Southeast Ridge
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Diagonal
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Southeast Ridge
 1
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Waterfall to turn at in west canyon approach
[Hide Photo] Waterfall to turn at in west canyon approach
alternate and legacy approach routes.
[Hide Photo] alternate and legacy approach routes.
looking at tram cables for reference of north-south location of waterfall
[Hide Photo] looking at tram cables for reference of north-south location of waterfall
Picture taken near Elena Gallegos Picnic Area.
[Hide Photo] Picture taken near Elena Gallegos Picnic Area.
Ego Boost - Looking up at the big roof on the route <em>Hang Glide</em>.
[Hide Photo] Ego Boost - Looking up at the big roof on the route Hang Glide.
A few routes shown on the south end of Ego Boost.  The south end is also known as the south face amphitheatre due to the close proximity of the tram.
[Hide Photo] A few routes shown on the south end of Ego Boost. The south end is also known as the south face amphitheatre due to the close proximity of the tram.
Ego Boost.  Note the gondola which ferries the audience to and fro.
[Hide Photo] Ego Boost. Note the gondola which ferries the audience to and fro.