Elevation: 9,693 ft
GPS: 36.795, -105.537 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: George Perkins on Nov 28, 2009 with improvements by Jason Halladay
Admins: Mike Howard, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

Description

The Legs (also called the Nutcracker) is a smaller formation left of the main Questa Dome, and is the 2nd biggest rock in the area. It is home to a nice popular 3-pitch 5.8 route (Bear Mtn. Picnic Massacre), with a 5.10 variation (more info on this climb can be found in J.Foley's Taos Rock). This formation is a good choice for a first visit to this area.

2 ropes are required for the standard rappel descent but there's also a walk-off option if you continue to the summit of the Questa Flatiron.

There is also potential for find-your-own adventure climbs in the 5.5-5.8 range up the low-angle crack systems right of the Legs, yet left of Questa Dome proper.  Some of these are documented elsewhere (see link in comment below).

Getting There

Take the main trail up from the parking area (30 minutes or so). To get to "the Legs" formation, head up on a faint cairned trail at the first place the trail meets the boulderfield. This is still 10 or 15 minutes before you reach the main Questa Dome.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Legs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
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Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre (O…
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
No Questa About It
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bear Mountain Picnic Massac…
 29
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad 3 pitches
No Questa About It
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
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Routes Mostly Face: Southwest
Sunny Roughly 11am to 7pm during high season
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