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Access Issue: Seasonal raptor closure for some areas in the Sandias Details


When combined with Estrellita these two 1-pitch routes are great for a leader breaking into the 5.8 range. If necessary an anchor can be set by carefully scrambling up the back of the formation.

The route starts 5 feet left of the more popular Estrellita. Follow a left tending crack , past a bush to a small roof. Once over the roof follow a system of cracks to the top of the formation, where a belay can be set. This belay is shared with Estrellita.


Standard rack to a #2 Camalot.


Albuquerque, NM
Robin   Albuquerque, NM
An excellent partner to Estrellita. I feel that this one is not as straight forward as Estrellita. It is a little more heady I think. Still very worth doing if you are in the area. May 26, 2009

I agree with Robin -- trickier than Estrellita.
Good call. Jul 10, 2009
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
Hmmm, but then I'd have to bring Estrellita down to 5.7. :-) Aug 17, 2009
BrianH Pedaler
Santa Fe NM
BrianH Pedaler   Santa Fe NM
I think the older Hill guide gives Estrellita a 5.7 rating, it's a little surprising to see it 5.8 in various other places.

Nonetheless, I'll take it! Aug 28, 2009
Albuquerque, NM
Robin   Albuquerque, NM
Well to be more specific I think Beat Around The Bush is not harder than Estrellita, but rather it is a bit scarier with the high first piece and it is also a bit trickier with the odd move at the little roof.

I think Estrellita required a few physically more difficult moves, but it has great pro the entire way so you can't ever feel too scared.

Based on that I rated them 5.8 for Estrellita and 5.8- for Beat Around The Bush. But that's my opinion so you may find yours is different.

Either way both worth climbing. Jul 25, 2016