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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 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 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 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pure Vida T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Skewed Right Up T 5.10b 6a+ 19 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
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Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Jay Foley, Donna Longo
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Shared By: George Perkins on Aug 24, 2009
Admins: Mike Howard, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Another quality line on Water Wall, Open Books starts up 3 open book features, then turns a roof at the top.

Start in the first open book, step right on a ledge, head up the 2nd open book (still easy), step right and enter the 3rd open book. A technical crux guards the exit stepping left out of this last corner, which is followed by easy climbing to the headwall. Clip a piton with a big reach (can be backed up with gear), and turn the tricky steep section- the 2nd crux of the route- to the big ledge and the anchor.


Middle to right side of Water Wall. Just left of Gothic Pillar, look for 3 open book/wide groove features, each one to the right of the one below it.


Cams and nuts to 2". A fixed piton protects the upper crux.
3-bolt anchor, with quicklinks equipped for rappelling, is found on the ledge at the top (and is likely new since it isn't mentioned in the books).


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Donna and I originally climbed this route to the top and walked off. The final head wall above new anchor makes for a couple more good moves and the belay at the top was a nice way to finish. Not sure who placed the anchor but we used it this weekend and it seemed OK. Jun 3, 2010
Chris Wenker
Santa Fe
Chris Wenker   Santa Fe
The fixed pin at the upper overhang is a pretty janky placement; might not even hold body weight, and the eye is placed so it won't accept a carabiner. Best plan is to not plan on counting on it. Gear can be placed nearby.
Great climb, otherwise. May 21, 2012
Matthias Lang
Matthias Lang   Albuquerque
Was a bit sketched out when I saw that pin. A #1 or #2 C4 in a flared pod below will back it up, but I could not find any other decent gear at that spot plus your last piece will be likely 20 feet below you at this point. Sep 4, 2012

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