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Rock Climbing the San Luis Valley

Bob D'Antonio, Falcon Press, 1999, 3rd edition.

Short, steep, and well-protected is the name of the game on San Luis Valley's high-quality volcanic cliffs. Known for its excellent aretes and stemming corners, the Valley is one of the most popular sport climbing areas in Colorado. Come ready to pull down on pockets, edges, and huecos, as well as sample some superb crack routes.

Now in its third edition, Rock Climbing the San Luis Valley describes more than 300 routes at Penitente Canyon, the Rock Garden, Witches Canyon, Shaw Springs, Sidewinder Canyon, and La Garita Wall. Completely revised, this guidebook contains updated route information and now details the canyons using photo topos and overview maps. Also included is a bouldering section that will guide you to many of the Valley's stellar problems.

A Rock Climber's Guide to Manassa

Bob & Carrie Robertson

This is a newly published pamphlet written on an area, Manassa Rocks, not yet covered in the database that lies southeast of Alamosa, a half hour away and a little more than an hour from Taos.

In this 12 page black & white guide, there are 31 routes on 7 crags described that are primarily bolted sport climbs; however, there are also 6-7 trad lines and a few top ropes. These are a mix of 1 and 2 pitch lines. Some of the 1 pitch lines are longer than 100 feet.

This area sounds like an interesting place to check out.

The current price listed is $5.95.

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