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Routes in East Side, Big Enchilada

Big Enchilada (Left Crack), The T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Big Enchilada, The T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Big Jalapena S,TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Black and Tan T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Cheese Enchilada T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chimney T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Dihedrals T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Huevos Verdes S,TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Route 5 T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Route 6 T,TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Route 7 T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Type: Trad, TR, 65 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: George Perkins on Apr 9, 2009
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description [Edit]

This line, just left of the Big Enchilada, is an easier option to avoid the intimidating roof, and also makes a good 5.7/5.8 route.

Start as for Big Enchilada's left roof crack (1 5.7+ or 5.8 move near the beginning) but escape up left 15' before reaching the roof, following a ramp up and left to a good ledge. From here, you can traverse back right above the roof (useful if a TR is set there), or go straight up following cracks over blocky overhangs, or go left even farther (easiest).

I've heard that some folks are calling this line 'Cheese Enchilada.', although it's not written up in any of the guides, but it seems a fitting name.

Location [Edit]

Start as for the Big Enchilada's left side crack, but escape left on a left-trending ramp before reaching the big roof.

This line is shown approximately as #7 in Rock Climbing: New Mexico, perhaps inadvertently.

Protection [Edit]

Nuts and cams to 3".
Build your own anchor, or use a 2-bolt anchor just to the right of the topout.


Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
A two-bolt anchor is just to the right of the top-out of this route. This anchor is directly above The Big Enchilada so there is some rope drag but it's manageable. Feb 4, 2011

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