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Rough topo of some of Sugarloaf's routes.
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John Hymer
Jul 29, 2007
Rough topo of some of Sugarloaf's routes.  
I recommend either the North Face route or Left Eyebrow. Be extremely cautious of loose rock on all Organ routes. The North Face route goes from the lowest point of rock to the summit. Although there are numerous variations to these routes, here is some pitch information from my notes.

North Face III 5.6 or 5.7:

Pitch 1: 200’ third class to a tree.

2: 100’ to a good stance.

3: 190’ past the bolts and slings under the arete, then left up a ramp to a small tree

4: 90’ up to a ramp, then right to a large ledge.

5: 100’ up and right to a left facing dihedral, clip bolts at top of dihedral, then left to the ledge and large fixed pin under the large right facing dihedral. (crux).

6: 210’ climb right of the dihedral and left over it near the top to a slab to a good ledge.

7: 110’ climb straight up to the dike and follow the dike to a good stance next to a left facing dihedral. place nuts for the anchor.

8: 100’? Follow loose rock around the dike to a good stance . Place an alien and nut for the anchor in a right facing crack

9: 100-150’? Follow chicken heads and knobs on loose flakes to a good stance. Thread a sling through a hole on a right facing dihedral for an anchor.

10: 140’ Climb big chicken heads to a good stance approximately 30’ from where lichen covered rocks slabs out.

11: Short 4th class to 3rd class to summit

Beta for Left Eyebrow (Variation A) III 5.7:

1: 150’ Begin in a right facing dihedral (just to the left of “Banana Peel”). Traverse left, over the dihedral, below the “Question Mark” crack. Continue left to a stance with a single 1/4” bolt.

2: 150’ Climb to a large ledge.

3: 100’ Traverse up and right and then down to a large live tree.

4: 170’ Climb a left angling chossy ledge to the dead tree. The crux is loose 5.6 near the end.

5: 155’ Climb up and right to what looks like a difficult roof. Climb over the arete to the right. It is much easier than it looks. Small nuts protect the roof. After the roof, climb nice feature to a 1/4” bolt and traverse right to a right facing dihedral and climb up to a two bolt anchor.

6: Climb right and place small nuts in a crack and then up nice rock past a 1/4” bolt to the base of a large right facing dihedral.

7: 4th class and easy 5th until it is convenient to belay.

8: 4th class ramps to the summit.

I recommend beginning on the N Face Route. Climb the first six pitches of the N Face Route. From the top of the sixth, traverse right to a live tree on the Left Eyebrow.

Flea Tree Route: 5.7 Grade III

1: Begin on the high saddle just to the right of the Eye. Climb approximately 250’ to a good ledge.

2: Climb right to the crack. After about 50’, traverse left to another crack and then back to the original crack. Find a belay stance in the dihedral.

3: Secure climbing in the dihedral. Belay where it is convenient.

4: At the top of the dihedral, climb the face to the tree.

5: Climb 4th class and easy 5th on loose rock. Traverse right into the dike to avoid large loose flakes.

6: 4th class to the summit.

The best way to get off of Sugarloaf is to rap to the south saddle. Only one rope is required if you use the intermediate anchor. To get to the rap anchor, walk the south ridge line until you see the 2 bolt anchor. You may want to rope up for the ridge. The anchor is 165’ from the ground. I usually lower my partner to the ground, then rappel in two pitches. Two ropes are not necessary. From the saddle, scramble to the west to another anchor and rap the short low angle slab. Follow slabs and obscure trails along the west base of the rock. Jul 29, 2007
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
Great information above. Just wanted to note that someone installed a second rap line off of the south ridge which can easily be confused with the above rap line (but is very different). See the descent section on the Sugarloaf page for details. Oct 16, 2012

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