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Walt's Wall Waltz

5.8, Sport, 70 ft (21 m),  Avg: 2.6 from 106 votes
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Non-descript, but worth doing at least once...

The online guide gives this one an .8

Cobble-hauling up the black streak on the slabby face right of the corner. The crux comes at a steeper section near the last bolt. This is one of the longer routes at El Rito.


Start up the obvious, short pedestal just to the right of the hole.


Bolts. B1 is high, but the start is reasonable. The online guide gives this an .8

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Fun warm up.
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Walt's Wall Waltz.
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Jason Hundhausen
Bozeman, MT
[Hide Comment] I think this is a very nice route--a good lead for an up-and-coming leader. Don't know why there's a PG13 rating though--it's all protected nicely IMO. Jul 1, 2007
Daniel Trugman
Reno, NV
[Hide Comment] The PG-13 rating is a joke on this thing, right? Really fun route, super safe. Jun 19, 2009
J. Albers
[Hide Comment] I don't think this deserves a PG-13 rating, but I do understand why others would say this. After the 2nd or 3rd bolt, if you fell at the clip (before clipping), it might be possible to hit the big block that sits behind and to the climbers left of the start. If it is possible to hit it, it probably wouldn't be super pretty. That said, this route is long and fun. 5.7/5.8's don't get much better than this. Sep 7, 2009
Dave Wachter
[Hide Comment] Hmm. I thought the top part was harder than 5.8. Oh well, guess it wouldn't hurt a strong 5.8 leader to get on the sharp end... In any case, it's a great warm-up, and a beautiful place to start your day. Oct 20, 2009
Hiro Protagonist
[Hide Comment] Climbed this over Memorial Day weekend. Very fun - I suppose the bottom is the reason for the PG-13, otherwise it is a cruiser. Great for someone wanting to lead on something on the easier side - this is easy and consistent all the way up.

It's in the sun in the afternoon. May 31, 2012
Megan Duffy
Albuquerque, NM
[Hide Comment] Climbed this one this weekend and noticed some significant wear on the anchor carabiners - deep grooves and a sharp edge. The anchor chains seem to be in good condition but the biners are good candidates for replacement and should probably not be used for TR or lowering. Jun 10, 2015
Andrew Ellis
Taos, NM
[Hide Comment] The best route at the grade in El Rito. Super fun movement! Would easily be a 3 star route anywhere. May 28, 2018