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Routes in Estrellita

Beat Around the Bush T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Clean Sweep S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Dom's Day Out T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Estrellita T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Trad, Alpine, 100 ft
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Shared By: Chuck McQuade on Dec 31, 2006
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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
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
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
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
Hmmm, but then I'd have to bring Estrellita down to 5.7. :-) Aug 17, 2009

I agree with Robin -- trickier than Estrellita.
Good call. Jul 10, 2009
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