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Bowels of Hell, The S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Easy Money S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Gold Rush S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Payday S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Pocket Change S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Rebate S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Route of All Evil S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Vegetable Massacre S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Wedding Day S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Gramont, Tom Kalakay, Jean de Lataillade
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on May 9, 2007
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description

A beautiful, technical, and quite sequency route, this route stands out as one of the best I have been on in New Mexico. A confusing start, watch the chalked sloper and go for the jug right of it, and clip the first bolt. Trend slightly left through difficult crimpy terrain and clip the second. After the second you will swing back slightly to the right. Keep going, tricky, balancy moves, crimpers and a few jugs will get you to the anchors. The top is run out but the holds are GREAT!

Most people call this route an 11c, as does the old black Enchanted Tower guidebook (out of print). For some reason (not explained) Dennis R. Jackson in his new Climbing New Mexico guidebook bumped it up to a 5.11d. Personally I am split between the grades. As Socorro tends to be quite sequency and technical in the first place, it would probably compare to other 5.11c's at Socorro. However, compared to other places in the state (i.e. Enchanted Tower), this route would be called 5.11d. Take your pick!

Location

On the Far left side of Pocket Change Wall.

Protection

5 bolts to chain anchors.

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George Perkins
The Dungeon, NM
  5.11c
George Perkins   The Dungeon, NM
  5.11c
One of my favorite 2 or 3 climbs at Socorro. Though it appears intimidating at first, the runout with unexpected jugs at the top adds to the experience, rather than detracts from it. Mar 15, 2017
emmet  
FA: Gramont, Tom Kalakay, Jean de Lataillade
(from Samet/Jett) Oct 22, 2010