All Locations > New Mexico > Albuquerque Area… > Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon,… > Gemstone West
The Fin Left
Avg: 2 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches|
|Page Views:||67 total · 1/month|
|Shared By:||Bill Lawry on Sep 6, 2008|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionStart up a wide but short chimney. Work past the roof (crux) being careful of loose blocks. Continue up through interesting climbing while staying mostly on the left side of the fin. The easy second pitch ascends on the left side of the upper face.
Almost gave this three stars except that the second pitch is so much easier than the first. Also, the rating of 5.9 came from Barry and Rita Loucks' guide although that guide also lists Gemstone as 5.9.
For a fourth class walk-off descent, see comment at the bottom of a marked-up version of a photo from Monomaniac on the Gemstone West page.
LocationThe Fin starts about half way between the aid boulder and Gemstone route. Watch for the obvious fin-like rock structure on the first pitch. See a marked-up version of a photo from Monomaniac on the Gemstone West page.
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