Chicken Chop Suey
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Routes in Shield
|Chicken Chop Suey T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R|
|Knife Edge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c|
|Odyssey, The T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Once In A Blue Moon T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Procrastination T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R|
|Promise Land, The T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Purple Haze T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A4+ R|
|Rainbow Dancer T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R|
|Route 2 T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13|
|Route 6 T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Slipping Into Darkness T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Smorgasbord T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Standard S Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft, 10 pitches, Grade IV|
|FA:||Robbie Baker and Charlie Ware. May of 1973|
|Page Views:||2,734 total, 22/month|
|Shared By:||Orphaned on Oct 13, 2007|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
Seasonal Falcon Closure Details
The Shield is closed from February through mid-August for peregrine falcon nesting. The Knife Edge is open year-round.
Juan Tabo Canyon is subject to annual access closures from March 1 to August 15. Details
The USFS-imposed closure applies to UNM Spire, the Prow, the Ramp, and the Shield (but not the Knife Edge). The Needle, and its south and east approaches, are unaffected.
Chicken Chop SueyThe start is the same as for the first two pitches of Procrastination. Likely, there are several variations of the start, but once you gain the OW crack the route is pretty straight forward.
P1: V0 to 5.4 Start with a technical overhanging pull that pros well with some small gear. Mantle up onto a very easy and gentle slab to a 2BA.
P2: 5.8 Another technical start with a high-stepping layback that is well protected leads to stemming as you veer left and away from the ease of Procrastination. Large gear (purple big bro and #4 Camalot) takes you to a partial hanging belay stance before the OW goes near vertical. Unless you plan to run it out with an 80m rope, stop to set a belay here.
P3: Crux 5.9R Re-rack the big pro and continue up one of the best OW cracks in the Sandias. There are several ways to climb this pitch, all of which are "legal." Have fun and don't fall.
P4: 5.6 This is somewhat of a open-to-interpretation pitch. You can meander up through the trees for 45-55m to the left - or - 5.8 take the black layback section to the right with less brush 5.8.
P5: If taking the left variation of P4, climb a short face section that pros well and climbs even better to avoid the gully farther left. This takes you to easier blocky terrain (no pro needed) for another 30-35m to a belay stance below a darkened patina face that is reminiscent of basalt.
P6: Deceivingly good rock abounds and you can make up your own way (5.6-5.7) on this pitch to gain the open book 30 feet up from the belay. This will lead to a gentle right angling course towards a 2BA and great views of not only the Rainbows, but also of The Odyssey (the very exposed arete climb to the right. This variation is not the original line, but one that was put up by Andy ? (6'9") and is remarkably better than taking the left ramp out from the large pine tree to the left of this variation. You can also finish to the right in a left facing dihedral (just left of the Odyssey) for those pitches as well.
p7: From the 2BA, step up and master the slab moves to a bolt. The secure feeling of having clipped the bolt, and the easier terrain for the remaining fun face climbing should be a memorable experience.
Generally, this climb is done in 10 pitches. But with a 70m rope, some bigger gear, and a little perseverance, you can knock this out in about 7 pitches and 4-5 hours of climbing time. I've done this climb in January in good weather conditions.