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Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 35.80524, -106.14249
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Located on the central part of the Early wall, this crag is at the lowest point along the cliff band and provides the longest single pitch routes on great quality lower tier rock, and access to some routes on the upper tier. This crag sees sun for about an hour or two in the early morning making it a great warm weather destination. Routes tend to be challenging, tenuous, sustained, and contain multiple cruxes. A great training ground for the experienced sport climber.

Getting There Suggest change

A new trail (fall 2012) has been established that takes one to The Runway quite directly via a nicely graded path. The new trail starts in the arroyo straight across from the trail to the Winter Wall. The trail heads west and traverses straight to the base of the Runway.

Alternatively, the historical approach is to scramble up loose crappy scree to the Grotto. At the top of the steep and loose scree and talus, head east (left) along the base of the north-aspect Early wall and when you hit the lowest point of the cliff, you are at the beginning of it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Runway (Lower Tier)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 104
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 56
The Mile-High Club
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 40
A Day with Dr. Diablo
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 54
Ergo
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 36
Learning to Fly
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 27
Start the Machine
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 83
Top Gun
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 21
Mocos Locos
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 27
Aviatrix
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 17
Airfoil
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 37
Aerostar
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 20
Holding Pattern
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 20
Boarding Pass
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 26
Turbulence
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 21
The Right Stuff
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs
 104
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Mile-High Club
 56
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
A Day with Dr. Diablo
 40
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Ergo
 54
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Learning to Fly
 36
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Start the Machine
 27
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Top Gun
 83
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Mocos Locos
 21
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Aviatrix
 27
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Airfoil
 17
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Aerostar
 37
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Holding Pattern
 20
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Boarding Pass
 20
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Turbulence
 26
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Right Stuff
 21
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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