New Mexico's climbing guidebook questionnaire


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Richard Andrew Heying · · Albuquerque, New Mexico · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 35

Could anybody tell me what guidebook enchanted tower is in

the schmuck · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 110

There is a pamphlet type guide from Eric Ricard, and then there is the old Sal Maestas Socorro guide. Both are out of print. Other than Owen's excellent bouldering guide, New Mexico hasn't seen a new or updated guidebook in at least a decade.

You may still find Ricard's book at the gym.

Souljah · · Northern NM · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 435

The enchanted tower was included in this 1996 guide by Dennis Jackson. Bought my copy at REI (Santa Fe) shortly after it was published. I haven't climbed the Datil area in over 10 years and have no idea how much route development has occurred since then.

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Enchanted Tower

Richard Andrew Heying · · Albuquerque, New Mexico · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 35

Ok thanks

the schmuck · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 110

The Jackson guide sucks, is incomplete, and full of inaccuracies. MP is your best bet.

Craig Childre · · Lubbock, Texas · Joined Aug 2006 · Points: 4,950

Guy Agee wrote the one we used. He runs the boot shop in Moab now, not sure if he still sells copies.

Souljah · · Northern NM · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 435

We used the Falcon guide (by Jackson) many times at the Enchanted Tower. It had its faults, but it wasn't any more inaccurate than any other guidebook. The main problem with that guide, is that it won't be inclusive of a couple decades of new route development.

Amazon has it.

Good luck in your quest, OP.

Owen Summerscales · · Los Alamos, NM · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 1,098

The most important omission from the old guidebooks is not the new routes, but the new approach to the tower. Use Jason's thorough directions on the MP page. I liked the Rhicard pamphlet because its in color, and very small and easy to carry round. Out of print but you can buy it at Chessler Books . All the classics are listed here, not a lot has changed in terms of 3/4 star routes.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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