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Route 8a

5.10+ R, Trad, TR, 45 ft,  Avg: 3 from 1 vote
FA: unknown
New Mexico > Los Alamos & Wh… > White Rock > Big Enchilada, The > S Side, Big Enchilada

Description

Climb the dihedral to the roof with a large jammed block. Pass the roof on the left and continue up the vague buttress staying right of route 8.

Location

Start in a wavy dihedral beneath a large roof that is marked by a square-cut undercling block. A few feet right of the start of route 8.

Protection

After the initial bouldering move into the wavy dihedral at the base of the route you can place a good finger-sized cam in the jammed block assuming you are 5' 9" or above in height. Part way through the moves over the overhang I found a good medium sized nut that protected the final moves through the hang. The buttress above has some widely spaced gear but you may have to search for it. Good top rope anchors can be placed at the cliff top.

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A knee is no help at the crux!
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Chuck Calef flailing at the crux.
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A better approach to the crux roof.
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The start of route 8a. Note distinctive jammed block at the overhang.
[Hide Photo] The start of route 8a. Note distinctive jammed block at the overhang.