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Shared By: William Penner on Jun 20, 2008 · Updates
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

The best difficult crag in the Sandias. Skinwalker may be the best 5.10 pitch in the entire range and Autumn Ivy and Cat Daddy are must-dos for the Sandia hardman.

Getting There

Approach per Muralla Grande, but do not drop into the gully leading south into Chimney Canyon. Instead contour around to the east on a faint trail until you reach the top of the crag and the first unobstructed view of The Sentinel. Rap in or walk down around the formation to the south.

Routes:

Routes from left to right (Information provided by Lee, see below comment)

Boogers & Chocolate (5.9):
Morning Wood (easier than 5.10):
Dossier (5.11): Shallow left facing corner.
Wiretap (5.10): Fun horizontals to roof then flaring cracks and lower angle.
Unknown (5.10): I was told by someone that this was actually Wiretap?
Cloak and Dagger (5.11):
Skinwalker (5.10+): Starts off the left end of a ledge and climbs a crack though a series of roofs to the top of the wall.
Autumn Ivy (5.12-): Starts off the right end of the ledge and climbs thin crack and some face moves to an anchor on a ledge, can lower with a 70m.
Cat Daddy (5.13-): Next crack right of Autumn Ivy, climb the crack till it peeters out then hard moves to the Event Horizon anchor, or continue up worse rock and heavy lichen to the Autumn Ivy anchor.
Event Horizon (5.14-): The obvious bolt line that heads straight up the immaculate red wall, shares the first 2 bolts of Thunderstruck.
Thunderstruck (5.13-): The right trending bolted arete.
(?) unknown (5.10?): There may be a route on the wall right of the gully that is 5.10 or 5.11.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Clandestine Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
Morning Wood
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Boogers & Chocolate
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 7
Wiretap
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 24
Skinwalker
Trad, Alpine
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 10
Cloak and Dagger
Trad, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Dossier
Trad, Alpine
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
Autumn Ivy
Trad, Alpine
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 11
Cat Daddy
Trad, Alpine
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 6
Thunderstruck
Sport, Alpine
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 3
Event Horizon
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Morning Wood
 14
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Boogers & Chocolate
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine
Wiretap
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine
Skinwalker
 24
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine
Cloak and Dagger
 10
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Dossier
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Autumn Ivy
 16
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine
Cat Daddy
 11
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad, Alpine
Thunderstruck
 6
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport, Alpine
Event Horizon
 3
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport, Alpine
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