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Areas in Albuquerque Area Climbing

Big Block 0 / 8 / 1 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Boot Hill 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Carnuel Crag 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Foothills Bouldering 2 / 0 / 0 / 211 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 213
Palomas Peak 9 / 71 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 79
Sandia Mountains 248 / 26 / 13 / 6 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 274 / 274
Temple, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Terrace, The 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Tunnel Springs 12 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Elevation: 5,022 ft
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Albuquerque Area Climbing

All of these areas exist right east of the city of Albuquerque.

- Tunnel Springs: An area featuring short, sustained climbs on moderate quality, sharp limestone. A short distance from Albuquerque.

- Sandia Mountains: About one hours drive from Albuquerque (depending on the side you are coming from), if alpine adventure and long approaches your taste, head into the Sandia back-country.

- Palomas Peak: Technical limestone sport climbing within the Sandia Mountains. About a one hour drive from Albuquerque with a 20 minute approach.

- The TV Station: High quality, alpine, limestone bouldering at the top of the Sandias, just north of the Sandia Crest.

- U-Mound: Granite bouldering in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. This is the closest outdoor climbing you can find from the city of Albuquerque.

- Big Block: A small limestone crag just outside of Albuquerque.

Getting There

The biggest city in the state of New Mexico, look for the intersection of I-25 and I-40, and everything around it is Albuquerque.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Albuquerque Area Climbing

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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Knife Edge
Trad, Alpine
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Flake n' Bake
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Northwest Ridge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Estrellita
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Second Coming
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crackula
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Miss Piggy
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Aviary Ort Overhangs
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lonesome Dove
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Warpy Moople
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bush Shark Spire
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Excitable Boys
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mountain Momma
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Great Escape
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Green Eggs and Ham
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Knife Edge Sandia Mtns > Juan Tabo Canyon > Shield Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
Flake n' Bake Sandia Mtns > La Cueva Canyon,… > Flake n' Bake 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Northwest Ridge Sandia Mtns > La Cueva Canyon,… > Thumb 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Estrellita Sandia Mtns > La Cueva Canyon,… > Estrellita 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
The Second Coming Sandia Mtns > Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Crackula Sandia Mtns > Echo Canyon > Techweeny Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Miss Piggy Sandia Mtns > La Cueva Canyon,… > Hole in the Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Aviary Ort Overhangs Sandia Mtns > La Cueva Canyon,… > Thumb 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Lonesome Dove Palomas Peak > (09) The Far Side II 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Warpy Moople Sandia Mtns > Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Bush Shark Spire Sandia Mtns > Echo Canyon > Bush Shark Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Excitable Boys Sandia Mtns > Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Mountain Momma Sandia Mtns > La Cueva Canyon,… > Torreon 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Great Escape Sandia Mtns > Echo Canyon > Yucca Flower Tower 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Green Eggs and Ham Palomas Peak > (06) The Dihedral Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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is there any climbing at the top of menaul? Jun 1, 2012
eMurdock
Tucson, Arizona
eMurdock   Tucson, Arizona
I'll be visiting Albuquerque between July 13 and July 20. Anyone need a partner for the Sandias or anywhere else cool enough to climb. Trad or sport. Cheers. Jul 11, 2010

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