All Locations > New Mexico > Albuquerque Area… > Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon,… > Gemstone West
Avg: 2 from 4 votes
|FA:||Gary Hicks and Arron O'Brian, 18 Sept 1977|
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|Shared By:||Bill Lawry on Sep 6, 2008|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
Origin of the Name & RatingThe old Loucks Guide refers to this route as "Christian Crack" but Gary indicated the correct name is "Christian Rock."
Per Gary Lee Hicks, I led a buddy, from our church, up the 1st pitch of Gemstone and then led this variation to Gemstone as he had never climbed before. Arron and I were both new Christians and primarily were listening to Christian Rock n Roll; hence the name. The rating I gave it that day was 5.7+ .... For the safety of others, this climb should be given a 5.7 rating, not ... 5.6.
There is a rating of 5.6 in Barry and Rita Loucks' guide. I also felt like the crux was more like 5.7, albeit only a couple moves.
DescriptionStart from the top of Flail Out or the top of the 1st pitch of Gemstone. Follow a left facing dihedral to where it's crack pinches down (crux) just below a large chockstone. Work up past the chockstone to bolted anchors shared with Gemstone route.
Double rope rap with 60 meter ropes gets you to the ground. Two raps with a single 60 meter rope works well when using a huge intermdiate horn right at the tail end of the rope strands. The horn is slung with a loop of rope inside dull-green tubular webbing.