El Norte Rock Climbing
|GPS:||36.395, -106.195 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||David Kozak on Sep 18, 2013|
|Admins:||Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
This area is near El Rito and was newly bolted in the summer of 2013. The rock is cobble conglomerate and is the same as El RIto. Since it is a new area some of the routes still need some cleaning. The routes are between 40 and 70 feet in length and are fully equipped. Please do not top rope on the anchors. The area is divided into two sections, a lower slab and a treed grotto above. There is a shrine in the grotto so be sure to bring an offering.
From the parking area for El Rito follow the El RIto trail for about ten minutes and about 50 feet before the scree field that crosses the trail, look for a cairn next to the trail. Cut up left on a faint trail (trail work will hopefully be completed this fall). Follow this path to the lower slab routes, and this takes about 5 minutes from the El Rito trail. There are four routes here. To get to the Grotto scramble over a five foot wall about 60 feet left of the left-most lower slab route and go up and left to a steep gully. Twenty feet of Class 4 scrambling leads you into The Grotto. There is currently a fixed blue rope to help negotiate this section. Be advised that this scramble is too steep for dogs and small kids to negotiate safely. The Grotto area is a cool place. Please be respectful and don't use the area as a toilet.
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