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January Sun T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Out of Darkness T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Slab Sacrilege T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Elevation: 6,900 ft
GPS: 35.18, -106.463 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Mar 3, 2008
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

A nice slab with a pleasant, flat belay stance under a shady group of scrub-oak. This will be appreciated on a warm day, as the sun directly blasts the rock here. It may not be appreciated on a colder day, however. It will also be welcome after the bush wacked scramble from the trail to the base of the slab. There are at least four named climbs on this crag, according to the online guidebook. To the far right is Slab Sacrilege, and just left of this, heading between two trees, is Out of Darkness.

Bill Lawry notes that you should plan on ~35 meters of rope to top out above Out of Darkness Slab. This distance is based on climbing the route Out of Darkness tied into a 60 meter rope.

DESCENT: Walk off for all routes on this formation.

Getting There

There are a number of ways that you could probably get you to this crag from the trail. Bill Lawry notes the best way of getting there is to leave the canyon trail before a delapidated stone structure comes into view. From the canyon trail, one mostly heads straight up hill to Out of Darkness Slab, perhaps trending a little (but not much) to the left as one goes up. The last time I was up there, navigating the cacti, cholla, and other sharp unfriendly natives was the crux. However, rumor has it that the trail may be improving.

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