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|Type:||Trad, 140 ft|
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|Shared By:||George Perkins on Apr 4, 2008|
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According to Jan Studebaker: "The property linemountainproject.com/v/new_m… runs from approximately the current east corner by the access gate in a straight line over the top of South Rock to the top middle of the Chicken Heads/Mosaic Wall mount, and from there west down the mount slope to the meadow just south of the Alley climbs. Some of the most popular routes are completely on private property. There are survey markers on the top of South rock (the mysterious aluminum stake stuck in the rock) and on top of the Mosaic rock (most of the time buried in water in a pot hole.)"
An online Tres Piedras Route Guidelamountaineers.org/Tres_Pie… from LA Mountaineers has been updated with the latest access information, and should be read by all Tres Piedras climbers. Group climb leaders, and Climbing Directors (future or past) should take particular note.
Access Notes: Tres Piedras climbers should sign the waiverlamountaineers.org/Tres_Pie… found on this page because the popular South Rock is mostly on private land, as is some of the access to the area. The landowner requests NO fires, no trash, no chalk and "please close any gates". Basically, be a good steward of the land.
In order to nurture greater landowner acceptance of climbers, participants of group climbs are requested to organize quick clean up activities before leaving the area; this should include the climbing area as well as the access roads (trip leaders could supply plastic grocery bags). Small parties should practice "leave no trace" principles.
The first bolt is up high. You can get to it by climbing straight up (harder, 11c?), or from the right side (5.10) on good flakes, starting just a little to the left of Bienvenidos. Make an awkward clip of bolt 2 from a sidepull to its right. I found that to move past the second bolt I needed to move left to the arete to the left and pull on small knobs to reach a right-slanting rail. This seemed hard for 5.10c, but I'd be hesitant to call this solid 5.11 either, but the pro is a good bolt in the right place. After the 3rd bolt, angle up and right on classic TP face climbing in the same vein as the others in the area- 5.8 or 5.9 knobs with a lot of space between gear in occasional diagonal cracks and a couple of bolts to guide your way to the top.
The climb is rated as 5.10c in RCNM (with the start from the right side) and 5.11c in Taos Rock (presumably climbing straight up at the bottom).