Type: Trad, Alpine, 60 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Chris Wenker on Jan 12, 2009
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Access Issue: Seasonal raptor closure for some areas in the Sandias Details


Your objective is to climb the splitter cracks on the right side of the dome's south face, and this route follows the easiest path (although not the most direct line) to the base of the cracks. Starting from the left (west) side of the Upper Dome's south face, traverse right, walking atop a large flake. Keep traversing right past the end of the flake, proceeding along an inobvious but easy line, to the base of the three cracks, which then lead to the top.
See the photo topo in the excellent online guide.


Starts under a triangular roof near the western side of the dome's south face. Walk off the back of the dome (with a slightly bouldery downclimb to get off the summit proper).


Singles of nuts and cams, to 3". The traverse, while not difficult climbing, is sort of hard to protect for either the leader or the second. Gear anchor on top, with a bomber body stance behind the summit boulder.


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Chris Wenker
Santa Fe
Chris Wenker   Santa Fe
This climb may be more like 5.7-, or 5.6++. But I left the description rated at 5.7 out of deference to the online guide's rating. Jan 12, 2009
Ryan Smyth
Albuquerque, NM
Ryan Smyth   Albuquerque, NM
I would agree. its probably 5.7- but its a pretty fun little climb. very short but its a good way to finish up for the day. i belayed at the top off of a #4 and a #3 camalot and there was webbing wrapped around the rock with rap rings i used for my 3rd piece. so you can rap the route if you like. Mar 28, 2009