Type: Trad, Alpine, 140 ft
FA: "Mark and Brian"
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Shared By: George Perkins on Aug 21, 2007
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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


Passed by on the approach to the longer Muralla Grande routes, this good clean 1-pitch face climb has enough cracks to keep it from getting scary. Well worth doing if you have extra time and a good weather forecast, but there's always that chance that some other climbers will walk on past, and start up your main plan for the day ahead of you.

Climb the clean face right of the big dihedral. Start near the corner and climb straight up past a lone bolt to reach a 2-bolt anchor. However, it's best to continue and do the whole climb as a single pitch. Soon above this anchor, you'll move right to a finger crack, passing the crux, then angle up and left to a flake. From the flake, go straight up to the upper 2-bolt anchor.


This route is the first clean face you come to on the approach down Chimney Canyon, at the SE end of Muralla Grande. This climb ascends a striking clean face right of a prominent right-facing corner. The rap slings/bolts are visible from below.

Descent: Rap the route, with one double rope rappel (35m), or 2 single rope rappels (25m+10m).


Cams from TCUs to 2", with extras in the smaller sizes, nuts. Or whatever you have for Muralla Grande is probably ok.

Both sets of 2-bolt anchors are old buttonheads, someone with time and energy might want to replace them.


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Chris Wenker
Santa Fe
Chris Wenker   Santa Fe
Anchors need some love here. All 5 bolts are big buttonheads (3/8"?), and are solid(ish), but some are cratered out behind the hangers.
The tat is also sketchy at both rap stations. We didn't plan or expect to climb this route, so we didn't have any replacement materials the day we were there, sorry. Take new cord/webbing, and a second screwgate/ring for the lower station.

Pro: Took a single set of nuts, and cams up to 2". I used an entire set of C3's, and two TCU's, and wished I'd had more... Aug 8, 2011
This sounds like a climb two of my great friends and partners put up decades ago. I have always wished to have repeated it.
I'll try to reach them and report back their names so it will be shown who did this climb. What amazes me is how the names of so many climbs continue to survive without the climbers names of the FA parties do not. hmmm
Most likely those friends who climbed w us, and can help verify if any info I derive from my research, will also post here :o)
...Maybe even one or both of the FA party whom I believe to be "Mark and Brian".

They deserve this ' mention' of an FA :| Aug 22, 2015
Wes Martin
Denver, CO
Wes Martin   Denver, CO
Climbed this yesterday. You can rappel the whole route with a 70 meter rope. The anchors aren't the best but they weren't horrible either; still usable. Apr 25, 2016