Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 35.805, -106.142 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: A Miller on Sep 27, 2009 · Updates
Admins: Shirtless Mike, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

Description

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

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
 77
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
The Mile-High Club
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 26
Learning to Fly
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 13
Eyes Wide on Arrival
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
Start the Machine
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 59
Top Gun
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 15
Mocos Locos
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 20
Aviatrix
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 14
Airfoil
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 31
Aerostar
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 16
Holding Pattern
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
Boarding Pass
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Flight Simulator
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
Turbulence
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 16
The Right Stuff
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs
 77
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Mile-High Club
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Learning to Fly
 26
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Eyes Wide on Arrival
 13
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Start the Machine
 9
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Top Gun
 59
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Mocos Locos
 15
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Aviatrix
 20
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Airfoil
 14
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Aerostar
 31
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Holding Pattern
 16
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Boarding Pass
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Flight Simulator
 10
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Turbulence
 16
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Right Stuff
 16
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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