The Prow Rock Climbing
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On November 16, 2020, the New Mexico state governor updated the executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on November 16, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
The base of the Prow lies at about 8400 feet and the summit elevation, according to USGS topos, is 8968 feet. Still, the Prow lies in a scrubby, sparsely forested area mainly consisting of pinon, prickly pear, yucca, cholla, and Apache plume, so its not exactly in an alpine setting.
Several 4th class mountaineering and 5th class rock routes scale the peak. The earliest recorded ascent was in 1948, although earlier climbs are suspected. The climbing history and routes are pretty well outlined in Hills guidebook (1993), and Kline's earlier book (1970) actually has some good route descriptions too.
The second descent route described by Kline and Hill follows the Southeast Ridge route, a Class 4 mountaineering scramble that ascends the east-southeast face of the Prow. To descend this route, from the summit drop straight down the steep and unlikely looking east face, aiming directly for the ridgeline saddle at the base of the east side of the Prow. Theoretically, the whole route could/maybe/possibly be down-climbed, but two single-rope rappels will facilitate this descent (60m rope necessary, with some rope stretch). We didnt find the large, rounded boulder rap anchor that Hill described. Instead, there are some tied-off mountain mahogany bushes for anchors (yeah! Those shrubberies are bomber!).
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