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Splinted and Screwed T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Top Flite T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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This 300 foot east-facing wall stands guard over the right hand side of TWA Canyon northeast of Alioth. The wall is more of a fin with a pronounced south-east ridge (5.8). This is one of the steeper overall formations in the Sandias and the wall overhangs much of the way. Many of the raps will require you to clip in or swing to get into the wall, and something dropped from the top of the routes will not hit anything until the canyon below.

Getting There

From the south end of the Sandia Crest parking lot, hike down the Crest Spur Trail for .5 mile to its junction with the La Luz Trail. Go left (south) toward the tram, hiking above Echo Canyon. After 10 minutes on the La Luz, the trail veers northeast at an overlook (Domingo Baca). From here you have the choice of hiking down to the top of the wall and rapping in (recommended) or hiking to the base (bring a machete).

If doing the rappel approach, the approach to the top of the wall leaves the main trail 50 feet from the overlook at a small clearing. Hike down for 100 yards, veer north along a game trail above a couloir to a point of land that is above the wall, then drop down to the NE of a cliff band and traverse in to the rap anchor. From the top you can rappel down either Top Flite via three 100-foot rappels (a single 60m rope works) or rap down Splinted and Screwed with a single 70m rope (watch the ends of the rope) for the three rappels. See the description for Splinted and Screwed for more in-depth rappel beta.

If you choose to hike to the base, continue for another 10 minutes to the next canyon (TWA) and descend a steep trail. Tunnel through thick brush and trees for 10 minutes, the huge right-facing corner of the first pitch will be obvious. There is a good view of the wall and the approach, at the upper end of TWA Canyon where it intersects the La Luz Trail. Look for the right-facing dihedral of Top Flite, and the "Seagram's 7" block at the summit.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Trundle Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Splinted and Screwed
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Top Flite
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Splinted and Screwed
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Top Flite
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
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LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
As of July 17th, the trail around to the raps for Trundle wall is terribly over grown. The cairns are still there for the most part but you will want to take something to deal with the encroaching brush. Jul 18, 2010

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