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Routes in Upper Fat City Drainage (a.k.a. Embudo Canyon)

1/4" Minus V8 7B
Amputation V0 4
Brachiation V0 4
Dham Uht V6-7 7A+
Free Cap'n V5-6 6C+
If a Tree Falls? V3-4 6A+
Knobby, The V0 4
Roybal's Wall V0 4
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Type: Boulder, 20 ft
FA: Paul Horak
Page Views: 872 total · 11/month
Shared By: Mark Dalen on Jan 23, 2012
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, it was possible to drive all the way up into Embudo Canyon. Here most of the local bouldering was done - dozens of problems & short routes, maybe hundreds. Brachiation is one. The name refers to a form of arboreal locomotion in which primates swing from tree limb to tree limb using only their arms, which is how this boulder problem goes in basically two moves: 1) face out & hook lip with toes, 2) swing around & mantel.


Just uphill from Free Cap'n.


This is a very committing problem. Pads & spotters are a must. Once grasping the lip there is little choice but to finish ...


Mark Dalen
Albuquerque, NM
Mark Dalen   Albuquerque, NM
An early ascent ...… Feb 9, 2012
thomas ellis   abq
That ia awsome. If you have more foothills footage please send me a link. For someone like myself who loves sandia bouldering this is genuinely golden material. Feb 19, 2012
Come on..bouldering in the Sandias? Really? There is no bouldering out there. Feb 20, 2012
Mark Dalen
Albuquerque, NM
Mark Dalen   Albuquerque, NM
thomas - see Upper Fat City & the Manatee at the U-Mound ... Mar 3, 2012
David Baltz
Albuquerque, New Mexico
V5 PG13
David Baltz   Albuquerque, New Mexico
V5 PG13
I actually remember Mark D getting the FA on this one, though it could have been Horak. The finishing mantle is harder than it looks! (V4) Dec 26, 2017
Mark Dalen
Albuquerque, NM
Mark Dalen   Albuquerque, NM
Dave - much as I'd like to take the credit, Paul actually swooped in & sent it just about the time I had the mantel dialed ... May 13, 2018

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