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Routes in Main Wall

Baby Disco Show S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Better than a Slap in the Belly with a Wet Fish S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bit By The Bit S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bloody Turnip S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Busted By Dewey S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chronostasis S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cobbles of Ill Repute S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Crestone Puddin' S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Everybody Jae Chang Tonight S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Goiter Grabber S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Hawg-Dawg's Mind-Boggling Explosion of Fun and Excitement feat. David Hasselhoff S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Hello Nasty S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Imitation Strawberry S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Joy-Poppin' with Bubble Gummers S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Love Mongers for the Win S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pinch and Roll S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pull the Mirrors Off Your Cadillac (So it Doesn't Look Like You Look Back) S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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The main wall is a 100' wall that's mostly just less than vertical with the occasional steep section. The wall begins right next to the El Rito River. At roughly 90' tall, most all routes on the main wall require a single 60m rope. Many routes have an inconspicuous metal dog tag at the base of the route to help in route identification.

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The Main Wall is the most obvious and impressive formation in the area. It's the first wall you will see as you hike in from the parking area.

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Nathan Kofahl
Albuquerque, NM
Nathan Kofahl   Albuquerque, NM
Was up there this weekend on Sunday after climbing the El Rito Sport Area on Saturday. The Little River Wall is really nice, but needs a few more climbers to clean it up a bit. I was belaying on chronostasis while someone a route or two over pulled off a massive handhold cobble. Based on the rock fall path, it seems like most of the stuff is going to fall into the trees so you are probably safer standing close to the cliff, but either way, be careful out there. If you are climbing and feel a big cobble about to blow out, please shout some warning to those at the bottom end of the rope.

Overall this is a very nice area, with about the easiest approach you could ask for and some really nice climbs. We should probably make an effort to pack out some of the trash (i suspect left by non-climbers) around the approach trail.

Aug 25, 2014
Jason Young
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Young   Los Alamos, NM
The rock quality throughout the Main Wall seems to be totally on par with that of the main El Rito sport climbing area. It will continue to clean up, much like that at the old area continues to do :)

The routes here are very well bolted and the location is quite nice. Thanks for the welcome addition to NM climbing! Sep 22, 2014
This place is a study in route-finding! I spent half my climbing time feeling around for holds. Makes for challenging onsights. Mar 30, 2015

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