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Routes in Upper Fat City Drainage

1/4" Minus V8 7B
Amputation V0 4
Brachiation V0 4
Dham Uht V6-7 7A+
Free Cap'n V5-6 6C+
Knobby, The V0 4
Roybal's Wall V0 4
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Description

Shady water polished granite in pleasant riparian environment

Getting There

Hike up main trail for Fat City but continue up over dam. Follow primary trail through fields until you reach the tight drainage where you will see a man made wall. First boulders are right above this wall. About 15-20 minutes from parking.

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Mark Dalen
Albuquerque, NM
Mark Dalen   Albuquerque, NM
The installation of the flood control dam in the late 70s was a game changer for Embudo all right. On the one hand it weeded out the staminally challenged ... no longer was it necessary to dodge the bullets fired by drunken paramilitary types from the parking lot below ... nowadays the only danger is of stepping in a dog turd on the trail up ... on the other hand it got harder to squeeze in a few hours of bouldering on weeknights after classes ... in some ways it was the end of an era ... Embudo had always been the virtual epicenter of training for Sandia hard men ... its decline coincided with the rise of the U Mound, emblem it would seem of the new era ...

Embudo Canyon remains a wonderful riparian habitat & plenty of people still visit, some even to boulder & toprope though not nearly like before ... for their sake & for (electronic) posterity I have taken the liberty of posting up a few photos of some of the major features of the canyon we once frequented.... Sep 18, 2015
David Baltz
Albuquerque, New Mexico
David Baltz   Albuquerque, New Mexico
This area has traditionally been called simply Embudo Canyon. It starts at the Rappel Wall entrance where the stream dries up, and ends at the Brachiation Rock. There are literally a couple hundred problems on both sides of the canyon, from the stream bed to high up the canyon sides. Jul 17, 2015
Mark Dalen
Albuquerque, NM
Mark Dalen   Albuquerque, NM
By request ...
youtube.com/watch?v=YbJhoYo… Mar 3, 2012

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