All Locations > New Mexico > Santa Fe Area > Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)
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Routes in Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)
|Airbus T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13|
|Goodnight Moon T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|La Naris S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Lichening The Serpent S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Luna Lumina T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13|
|Solar Eclipse T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|You're Scaring the Horses S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Type:||Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||Josh Gross and Aaron Miller|
|Page Views:||662 total, 5/month|
|Shared By:||Aaron Miller on Oct 26, 2006|
|Admins:||Shirtless Mike, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
LocationThis is the right most crack on the headwall. To start, ascend to Observatory Ledge via several options. Climb Space Shuttle to the anchors, then up another 15' to the Observatory Ledge right anchors. Alternatively, look for a wide crack (10-) just left of Space Shuttle which might be a bit dirty or loose. Follow this pitch to ledges and traverse up and right to a nice 2 bolt belay above a large block stance the furthest right on the Observatory Ledge. Choose the right most belay for Luna Lumina.
From here, up and right through two bolts to the slab, then up to a thin crack just off the arete. Good mix of face and tips up great rock.
As of 2010, there are some bolts from Skyline Arete that have impinged on this route and are somewhat clippable from the crack. The first ascent party did not use these bolts to climb this crack free and so you shouldn't either. But the pucker-factor may sway you to the dark side once you are into the tips-madness. These bolts may be adjusted in the near future to keep us all honest.
Luna Lumina (see route 19 on photo)A tips splitter on upper headwall to the right of Goodnight Moon. Beautiful tips climbing through multiple sustained cruxes with an airy face traverse left where the first crack tapers.
To reach Observatory Ledge, climb Space Shuttle to anchors, then up another 15' feet to Observatory Ledge-Right anchors. From here, the climb heads up right past 2 bolts on steep terrain to thin tips crack and face climbing.