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|Type:||Trad, 200 ft (61 m), 2 pitches|
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|Shared By:||Aaron Hobson on Feb 2, 2006|
|Admins:||Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
On November 16, 2020, the New Mexico state governor updated the executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on November 16, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
Thrash your way through desert thorns to get to the bouldery start. This boulder problem is the most difficult climbing of the route, and has an awkward fall-zone, even if you have a crash-pad. Above the start continue up the shallow black dihedral (~5.9). The rock quality gets worse the higher you climb. The crack peters out at an old (and untrustworthy in my opinion) 1/4" bolt. You can set up a belay here with Trad gear. Beware though, the natural belay stance is on top of a large and possibly unstable rock protrusion. The grassy ledge to the right does not offer many options for setting up a good anchor.
The second pitch traverses over to the grassy ledge and up a blackened drainage(~5.9). Surprisingly solid protection is found in the crack up this drainage, but there is also some very rotten rock.
Overall this route is a fun excursion on a beautiful wall. The suspect rock quality is offset with good protection and interesting climbing.
No fixed anchor is found at the top of the climb. To descend, scramble west towards a large chimney that splits Cueva. The chimney can be down-climbed or rappelled. The last steep 15m section can be rappelled off a piton.