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Most all routes have anchors equipped with lowering carabiners on the chains. Please don't steal these. Simply drop your rope in them to lower safely and conveniently. Feel free to contribute lowering biners to the chains of routes that don't already have them, or if the lowering biners are worn out, as many biners may be aluminum and could use an upgrade to steel.
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A Note About New Areas and New RoutesIf you're used to climbing at older, well-established areas you might be surprised with how much rock can fall off new routes. New areas and routes take a long time to clean up. While most first ascensionists, ourselves included, do as much as they can to remove loose rocks from new routes, they can't get every possible loose rock. Ultimately it's your responsibility to climb carefully, evaluate suspect holds and be prepared for rockfall. It's not a matter of IF you will pull something off, it's a matter of how much and how big. Seriously, be careful! We spent hours upon hours hanging in our harnesses, until our legs went numb, cleaning the routes in an effort to make them safe. But we can't get it all. New routes in new areas will be loose/dirty/scary despite the best cleaning efforts.
The setting of the LRW is what really makes the area a wonderful area to visit. The wall is tall with the El Rito River running right next to the base of the southern tip of the Main Wall. A huge, flat grassy meadow dotted with cottonwood trees at the base of the wall makes for an idyllic setting to lounge and lunch during a day of climbing. And with a flat, five minute hiking approach one can bring all the comforts they desire. Kids and dogs can play in the gently flowing river while others climb. It definitely is a special place.
All routes in the area were established beginning in spring 2013. The original guide document is still available online (last updated August 2015), if interested.
Map for accessing Little River Wall and an overview of the area.
From either of the parking areas, hike north along a small acequia towards the river. The short, flat approach trail is sometimes cairned and follows an old, faint road for a short bit before reaching the river. Cross the river and you're there. The wall will be obvious. In spring you may want sandals for the wet river crossing. However, upstream just a bit from the wall is a large downed Cottonwood tree over the river that makes for a convenient bridge. In summer and fall, the river is low enough to be crossed on large rocks in the river.
Google map driving directions from Highway 84: https://goo.gl/maps/biDBgPkDrczMcrpDA
Additional dispersed camp sites are located along the dirt road up beyond the official campground.
Pack Out Your Used Toilet Paper (Leave No Trace ethics)
No toilet paper fairy
Classic Climbing Routes at Little River Wall
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