Type: Trad, 400 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Dan Carter and Josh Hamling, 2016
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Shared By: Dan Carter on Jan 20, 2018
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Access Issue: Placement of bolts/fixed anchors is prohibited in Wilderness Study Areas Details


P1: The route begins on "the Wizard" pinnacle near the east side and goes through several crack systems including a set of parallel cracks. Near the top of the pinnacle, go right to avoid a steep and unprotectable corner, and end up at a bolted belay.

P2: Left of the belay and down a small gully is the start of the second pitch. The pitch goes up the right crack. It's as good as it looks! There is a bolt at the start to protect the first move. The rest of the route protects well with trad gear. This second pitch is the crux and has several long, hard moves.

P3: The crack of P2 will top out on a slab near the west ridge. Traverse the west side of Lamba wall to join up with the West Face route around P3 or P4. Continue on the West Face route to the top. There appears to be more direct options for this pitch but the cracks are wide and protection is uncertain. Let me know if anyone tries a more direct finish.

P4: Follow the West Face route


This route is between Lions and Tigers and Bears and the Wizard of Ooze (I think). The start is near the east side of the Wizard pinnacle.


Nuts and double rack of cams will be plenty. Long slings are good for the traverse and West Face.


Brandon Gottung
currently Las Cruces, NM
Brandon Gottung   currently Las Cruces, NM
Fun route. We straightened out the line by climbing pitch three on the right of the arete. It was good, clean, 5.5 and protected well. If Lions and Tigers and Bears next door is 10a, this one is a touch easier ;) Mar 6, 2018
There are three finishes out of the Oven (the block feature): 1) go left, this is the West Face exit; 2) go straight up, this is the 5.10 pitch (p3) on Lions, Tigers and Bears; 3) go right, 5.9 (some wider gear) and join the West Face again. Mar 6, 2018
Jeff Erwin
Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Erwin   Las Cruces, NM
This rout is an exciting addition to lambda wall worthy of more traffic. Despite the traverse that the topo shows to get into the second pitch the rout still feels very straight. The crux moves are probably a bit height dependent but a thoughtful shiny new bolt keeps things safe. Get on this rout!

The rout catches good winter sun until traversing into the west face rout so it could be climbed as a late day winter rout to seek sun or an early morning summer rout to chase shade.

If anyone finds a direct finish to the top I would love to see that posted here. Nov 11, 2018
Erik Lehnhoff
Erik Lehnhoff  
P1 offers some great crack climbing in the 5.9 range. P2 seemed worthy of the 10b/c rating, at least the one very hard move getting into the crack. For P3 we traversed left and up. I'm not sure exactly what we did, but it was quite heady. Seemed to be what Karl Kiser described as one of the options for above the oven: "go right, 5.9 (some wider gear)." Belay was at some old stoppers with slings. P4 went mostly straight up and finished by stepping over the void at the topout of the standard West Face route. High quality overall. (With Jeff Erwin) Nov 12, 2018
meghan c.
el paso, tx
meghan c.   el paso, tx
Excellent route. P2 offers is doable for the 'vertically challenged' / those in the 5'3'' club in the 5.10 range with sequential feet an lots of tension. We also cut right at the top of P2 and took a fun easier chimney system to the op in 3 pitches. A #4 was placed once because we had it, but I think you could comfortably do the route with doubles to #2 and one #3. 7 days ago
Dan Carter
Las Cruces, NM
Dan Carter   Las Cruces, NM
Megan, good to hear the direct top out goes! 7 days ago