Standby Shack (a.k.a. The Shack) Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThis is a new crag located on the back side of Diablo Mesa, the same Mesa with the Solar Cave and Winter Wall, just the northeast aspect. The climbing starts where you see a large detached pinnacle that, between it and the walls, forms a nice little valley to hang out and watch the sports action.
The Shack is best climbed in warm seasons as it gets full shade all morning until about 2pm. In the Summer, you will be hiking out when the sun hits. But it does stay nice and cool all day so it is a pleasant Summer crag. There are currently 20+ routes here with some further potential for a few more quality lines. The presence of a handful of routes in the 5.13 range at this crag is also a nice addition to the Santa Fe sport climbing scene.
Many of the routes require a stick to clip the first bolt.
Getting ThereThe crag is not visible from the road. Drive past the main Diablo parking area and when you are about to pass Diablo Mesa all together, look for a pullout on either right or left side of the road in arroyos.
A trail begins on the other side of the arroyo and heads up a gulley then traverses out to the nose of a prominent ridge detached from the main cliffband.
When parking on the roadside, beware of sandy berms pushed up by the graders, several 2WD trucks have gotten stuck in these berms. Best to have AWD or 4WD or park further up the road where you can pull off without berms(across form the pump station). You can also bring a shovel and easily clear a little path for your car to clear the berm. If in a 2WD truck, BRING A SHOVEL!
Classic Climbing Routes at Standby Shack (a.k.a. The Shack)
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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