All Locations > New Mexico > Albuquerque Area… > Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon,… > Gemstone West
Pair of 4s
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Routes in Gemstone West
|Broken Ladders T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Christian Rock T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Fin Left, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Flail Out T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Gemstone T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Pair of 4s T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13|
|Seamingly Hard T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Shoots & Ladders T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Sinsemilla Shake - P3 (a.k.a. Green Snake - P2) T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 150 ft|
|FA:||?? (Alam and Roumpf - 1989)|
|Page Views:||105 total, 2/month|
|Shared By:||Alam on Jul 15, 2012|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionThis route follows a large flake on a gentle angle slab. The initial 40 feet are unprotected slab, but is low fifth class. Your target is a large left facing flake. Climb this flake using stemming and lay back (crux - some lettuce, should clean up with use) for about 40 feet (Two #4 Camelots come in handy here, but not critical), until a hand crack is reached. Climb the final 60 feet hand crack to a sling belay at a large pine (fir) tree.
LocationThis route is located above P2 of shoots and ladders, and about 100 yards WEST of the Gemstone area. You will traverse through the rockfall zone from a decade ago, and then around the nose of a short headwall. The large leaning flake is obvious.
As a historical note the OW route "Back against the Wall" was located between P2 of Shoots and Ladders and Pair of 4s. That route totally vanished during the major rock fall in the late 90's.