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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: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Ken Kisiel, Scott Beguin, and Billy Butler
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Shared By: Scott Beguin on Aug 14, 2007
Admins: Shirtless Mike, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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The opening moves set the tempo for this exposed and sustained classic. The crux is through the bottom moves but does not jump out at you as a crux at any time. It is pretty sustained, balancy, and thin climbing from the get go. You have to move like a serpent would in S shapes and have good footwork. Very interesting and a must do, but not on a wet day.


Same as for Diablo at The Early Wall then climb either Drunk Rednecks, Clip Art, or Dr. Diablo and go above the anchors to a sketchy 5th class scramble(a green Alien protects a move) up to the belay anchors for Lichening The Serpent that is located at a notch between the wall and a very large block.


8 bolts to a two bolt anchor.


George Perkins
The Dungeon, NM
George Perkins   The Dungeon, NM
D. Newell made a toprope ascent with one of the FAs listed here, scoping the line, prior to its being bolted, he said, (if I remember correctly). Apr 21, 2008
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
The lichen covered "thank god" horn/flake between bolts 6 and 7 flexes quite a lot. Don't yard on it too hard. Apr 11, 2010

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