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Routes in Questa Dome
|Ancient Ones, The T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Another Pretty Face T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13|
|Jonny Questa T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R|
|Questando la via sin arboles T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Questar T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13|
|Question of Balance T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13|
|Questionable Timing T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b R|
|Sequestered T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Tostadas Comquesta T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13|
|Type:||Trad, 500 ft, 5 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||July 1979: Paul Horak, Mike Head, and David Baltz|
|Page Views:||2,031 total, 18/month|
|Shared By:||David Baltz on Jul 14, 2008|
|Admins:||Mike Howard, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
Wilderness Area Details
"Climbers or others may not use power drills to place permanent fixed anchors". The BLM has the authority to manage climbing activities in Wilderness Areas. Although climbing generally does not require an authorization permit, BLM may require a permit for climbing and activities associated with climbing on public lands. As established by the Wilderness Act and the BLMs regulations on management of designated Wilderness Areas found in 43 CFR 6302 blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_fie…, climbers or others may not use power drills to place permanent fixed anchors in non-emergency situations. Climbers may use hand-powered drills to place permanent fixed anchors. Appendix 1 lists some of the relevant BLM authorities that apply to climbing in Wilderness Areas.
DescriptionJonny Questa is another quality climb on Questa Dome, with 2 excellent pitches, and a couple more decent pitches, and just enough scariness to get your attention. JQ is worthwhile, however, Tostadas Comquesta or Question of Balance are probably better choices for a first route on Questa Dome, as this one has one heady pitch and does not have as much sustained quality climbing overall compared to those other climbs. This climb is in Taos Rock but not Rock Climbing New Mexico.
Pitch 1&2: There are 2 choices for the first 2 pitches:
- The recommended alternate start to the first pitch which is described in 'Taos Rock' as the 1st two pitches of Sequestered: This alternate start was done about a year after the FA by Mike Head and David Baltz, that starts directly below the slab on the original second pitch. Begin about 200' down slope from the standard start at the base of a slab with a prominent hand crack diagonaling across it from the right. Climb up the slab (some bushwhacking) to a ledge at the base of the diagonal crack and belay (100ft). Follow the crack to the base of a short steep headwall. The headwall goes at 5.10a thanks to a large semi-attached flake and is followed by an excellent layback corner. Belay at the prominent tree (100 ft). These pitches can be combined (60m). Move up right, turn a small roof, then angle back left on the slab, passing two bolts. Step left around the arete and belay at one of the 6' trees.
- The easier original start, as shown in 'Taos Rock': Start a 100 yards up the hill from the cave on the left flank of Questa Dome. Pitch 1: Traverse right across easy slab to gain the prominent left-facing corner and belay off the tree jutting from the obvious crack in the right face of the dihedral (5.5, 120'). Pitch 2: Climb the hand and fingers crack above the tree and step right around the arete onto a nice slab. Climb down the slab a ways and friction right till you can move up again below a shallow roof/arch. Protect under the roof (important), then step left around the end of the roof and proceed 20 feet up a thin vertical dike (5.9+, PG-13). At the top of the dike, step left around a corner and into a corner leading up to a couple of small trees. Belay at lower tree in the left-facing corner about 20' below an obvious roof (150 ft).
Pitch 3: Cruise up to the big roof split by a crack up to the left, clipping a 1/4" bolt just below it. Turn the gear-protected 5.10 roof, followed by easier low-angle crack climbing in a corner. Belay at the highest tree in this corner system. Excellent pitch. (5.10, 120')
Pitch 4: (a) From the high tree, climb a finger crack on the right wall. Place good pro at the top of this finger crack. Walk to your right on a 4" ledge for 20' to the arete, where you will see 2 bolts (1 new, 1 old) just out of reach above you. A 5.9 highstep lets you clip the bolt (don't fall first). The crux of the climb (5.10 if you're over six foot, 5.11 otherwise) is in the next 2 or 3 moves after clipping the bolt. Reaching a jug, move right around the arete. It's not obvious at this point that you're going to find any gear placements for the next 30' or so, but persevere. Climb the beautiful arete, exposed 5.9R with some interesting moves. You will find (marginal) gear in a couple of places here, but I felt this was "serious R" not "wimpy R". Look for a small TCU placement on the second ledge up the arete, and a keyhole stopper in a tiny solution pocket a bit higher. After the difficulty is passed, belay at the biggest tree nearby, after another 20' of easy climbing. Memorable pitch. (5.10/11 with 5.9R, 130'). (b) The Taos Rock guidebook suggests you can escape without climbing this pitch by taking one of the bushy 5.8 dihedrals to the left, which would be a good option in inclement (or windy) weather.
Pitch 5: Easy 5th class leads to the top. If in doubt, angle right. (5.2, 200')
LocationJonny Questa is on the left side of Questa Dome.. just left of the really good rock, but just right of most of the trees. The top part of pitch 1 and start of pitch 2 follows the only obvious big left-facing dihedral around (for the original start).
To find the start, walk left from Question... past the toe of the Dome, and up the left flank just past a cave. Begin a bit to the left of this cave. If you see a piton about 15' up, it's on Questando la Via sin Arboles, begin just right of this.
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