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Routes in Water Wall and Lower Areas

Aussie Avalanche T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Black Streak TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Black and Tan T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Burt Crack T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Comales Tamale T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dirty Corner T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Easy Gully T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Gothic Pillar T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Gunky Monkey T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Lean Green Machine T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Open Books T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pure Vida T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Skewed Right Up T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Take the Plunge T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Tranquilo T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Yellow Wall T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Jay Foley, Donna Longo, and friends?
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Shared By: George Perkins on Aug 24, 2009
Admins: Mike Howard, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description

Gothic Pillar is a nice 5.6 climb at Comales, with enough features to make it beginner- and kid-friendly.

Start right of an alcove/indentation in the rock. Gear is kind of tricky or hard to find for the first 20', which may worry some 5.6 leaders. But soon enough you reach a crack in a left-facing corner below a tiny pine tree. Follow this crack, and the pillar it forms, up past the tree and to a low-angled, featured face.

Location

The second route with an anchor from the right end of Water Wall. Look for a tiny pine tree.

Protection

Nuts and cams to 2"; 2-bolt anchor with chains at the top.

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Will Corcoran
Cimarron, NM
  5.6
Will Corcoran   Cimarron, NM
  5.6
Great climb! Great hands and feet the whole way up. Gear Used: BD 0.1 (1), 0.3 (1), 0.4 (2), 0.5 (2), 0.75 (1), BD hex size 4, 3 alpine draws, 1 QuickDraw Oct 20, 2017
Chris Wenker
Santa Fe
 
Chris Wenker   Santa Fe
 
Not yet. May 18, 2012
George Perkins
The Dungeon, NM
 
George Perkins   The Dungeon, NM
 
Has this climb been bolted as a sport climb?
(I received an email asking that question, but I haven't been to Comales recently.) May 18, 2012