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Routes in El Rito Traditional Area

Big "E", The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bring Me a Bucket T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cave Woman T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Chile Verde T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Commie Pinkos T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
El Faralito T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Gnarly T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Guillotine T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Juniper Direct T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Juniper Overhang T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Packrat Dihedral T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pedernal Cracks T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Refritos T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
Senile Superhero T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shiitake T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shoes for Industry T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Swollen T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Techo al Derecho T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Weapons of Mass Construction T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Type: Trad, 130 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Jason Halladay on Nov 4, 2007
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description

Swollen is a second pitch variation to The Big E on enjoyable, well-protected face climbing. No doubt this face has been climbed before but we hadn't heard of it so we'll be presumptuous and give it a name and a rating. Nice jugs and incuts with just enough cracks and pockets for protection with a steep face finish make this very fun.

Location

From the bolted anchor atop P1 of The Big E, step immediately right and go straight up the face between the left-facing corner of The Big E and the right facing corner of Juniper Overhang. About 2/3rds of the way up the angle backs off for a moment but then goes nearly vertical with nice, positive holds and small pro just when you want it. Finish straight up to the bolted anchor on a nice ledge at the top of the cliff.

Protection

Small to medium camalots and nuts. I don't use tri-cams but I saw a couple of pockets that would take small to medium sized tris nicely. This face goes straight up to the bolted anchor atop P2 of Juniper Overhang.

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Bill Lawry
New Mexico
 
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
 
Very nice!

This can also be done after climbing the first pitch of Juniper Overhang. From that belay, head up and left on runout but easy terrain until you can see to the left the bolts at the top of Big E's pitch 1. We had a 60 meter rope - not sure a 50 meter rope would make it. Jun 12, 2011
scotthsu
Los Alamos, NM
  5.7
scotthsu   Los Alamos, NM
  5.7
Hadn't done this variation before. Nice route, maybe one of my new favorites pitches at the trad area. Good exposed climbing with holds and pro just where you need them. I thought the climbing was 5.6 or easier until the final headwall with a 5.7 finish. Aug 9, 2009
Minesh Bacrania
  5.7 PG13
Minesh Bacrania  
  5.7 PG13
Excellent variation on the standard "Big E" route. Gear placements are a bit scarce for the easier climbing, but there's good (small) stuff where you need it. Aug 10, 2008