Type: Trad
FA: Ed Jaramillo
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Aug 26, 2007
Admins: Mike Howard, Jason Halladay, Mike Hoskins, Anna Brown

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Description Suggest change

The descriptions to this route conflict when comparing Taos Rock (Foley) to Rock Climbing New Mexico (Jackson). I am unsure the exact direction the route was intended to go so am only describing the way I went. It would be great if someone could comment on the intended direction of the route setter.

Start at the base of a nice crack/right facing dihedral. Follow this crack to its end, good pro placements throughout. At the end of this crack I placed two 0.4 Camalots, as I thought the face above was quite run-out. Gather your nerve, and make some friction moves. The next 4 feet or so after your last protection are the worst then it lightens up until you can reach up and clip a bolt (this is also the third bolt of Mad Bolter). After clipping the bolt continue straight up through the crux and some more friction climbing (undercling), and clip the next bolt. After clipping the second bolt you will come on another crack, and above are a few easy face/friction moves to a two bolt anchor.

An error in Foley's book notes three bolts on this climb, showing one in his photo-topo that should be located somewhere near the end of the crack. This one did not exist.

Location Suggest change

Southwest of Alien, look for three lines of bolts. To the right is a thin seam that is the start of Mad Bolter, and to the left is a slab climb, Ground Up.

Protection Suggest change

A small rack of single cams from 0.3 to 0.75, with double 0.4s is sufficient. Two draws for the bolts. Two bolt anchor.


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