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Location: New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : Solar Cave : Photo
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 21, 2016

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Comments: So I did, George. Thanks for the comment.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *The Homestead
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 21, 2016

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Comments: Hey Homestead folks. Kudos on such a fun area, lots of great route artistry on quality limestone. Glad we came to check it out, had a blast. I wouldn't bring my Subaru in on that road, but 4WD pickup did OK, hard on the tires. We shuttled some folks in and out and they said about 1:45 walk to crag from campground. Psyched to get ride.

Just a comment on your bolting hardware. Most of the bolts are mixed metals, stainless hangers on plated bolts, and some are plated on p... more >>


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *The Homestead : Rough Rider Wall : Roughians (5.10)
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 21, 2016

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Comments: Still lots of loose rock on this one.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *The Homestead : North Buttress : So Easy (5.11+)
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 21, 2016

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Comments: the second bolt on this route is placed on uneven rock and, since the route traverses sharply here, causes the bolt to either crossload your draw or for the bolt to spin and loosen the nut. It would be VERY bad if something came loos or broke at the second bolt since that is the crux of the climb and you are a good 30' off the deck.

Otherwise, super fun climbing!


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *The Homestead : Tufa City : Black Sunshine (5.12b)
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 21, 2016

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Comments: This route is super fun with cool climbing and a great rest. Just dont blow the second clip (powerful) after the rest, you will likely come hurtling into the ledge.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *The Homestead : Tufa City : Tufa Yard Dash (5.11c)
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 21, 2016

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Comments: Heads up!!! There was a bee hive in the big pocket off the belay ledge that is needed to get to the first bolt. And because it requires a stick clip to get to the first fixed draw (crusty sun-bleached nylon anyhow), its not safely climbable unless you want to do some convoluted traverse in from the first bolt of the route to the right. The moves are possible without using the beehive pocket, but not safe!


Location: New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : Solar Cave : Photo
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 15, 2016

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Comments: Damn, cant sneak anything by these days. ;)


Location: New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : Sun Devil Wall : Suntoucher (5.11b/c) : Photo
By: Aaron Miller When: Dec 14, 2016

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Comments: Love the rainbow of draws!


Location: New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall : Frogger (5.9+)
By: Aaron Miller When: Oct 13, 2016

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Comments: Thanks Karl. Do you have any idea who was behind the development?


Location: New Mexico : Enchanted Tower : The Enchanted Tower : North (Left) Face : Rumplestiltskin (5.12a)
By: Aaron Miller When: Sep 26, 2016

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Comments: Retro-bolted the route, removing the scary original 1988 SMC hangers and 5/16" hardware with burly 1/2" Rawl anchors and Fixe hangers. Enjoy!


Location: New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall : Mortal Kombat (5.12b)
By: Aaron Miller When: Aug 18, 2016

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Comments: The crux can be avoided by traversing way right off the block at the second fixed draw and keep the climbing under 5.12. Its not very aesthetic, nor as fun, but its a way to hang the draws if you are having trouble with the powerful crux move.


Location: New Mexico : Enchanted Tower : Humpty Dumpty Wall : All the Kings Horses (5.12-)
By: Aaron Miller When: Jul 17, 2016

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Comments: seemed noticeably harder than Humpty, but it was pretty crumbly and hard to read without much chalk on it. I ran it twice to get the grit out of the pockets and had a fun time. Still could use more traffic.


Location: New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall : Pull to Live (5.11d)
By: Aaron Miller When: Apr 15, 2016

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Comments: The glued-on finish holds fell apart and were cleaned as of April 8. There is a new challenging finish crux, will be interested to see what people think.


Location: New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : Sun Devil Wall : Appendicitis (5.10a)
By: Aaron Miller When: Jan 26, 2016

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Comments: It is best to do this route in 2 pitches as the bolting is not in a plumb line. Instead of belaying from the mid anchors, it is much better to climb a little higher to a huge comfortable ledge where you can clip a bolt and place a bomber gold camalot as an anchor. This ledge is too high to rappel from with a single rope so use the nice bolted midway anchor to lower from on your way down.

As a side note, there was a fatal accident on this route resulting from a rigging mistake while descending ... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : Capulin Canyon : Upper Wall : Adiós Alemanes (5.11-)
By: Aaron Miller When: Nov 15, 2015

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Comments: The #6 doesn't give you much, I placed it about a foot above the #5 and then had to climb past it anyhow.


Location: New Mexico : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Pyramid of South Rabbit Ear : King Slut (5.11b/c)
By: Aaron Miller When: Nov 9, 2015

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Comments: Heads up, the first pitch has lots of cacti on it, and I engaged with a rattler at the start of the second pitch.


Location: New Mexico : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : Capulin Canyon : Main Cliff : Pintrest (5.11-)
By: Aaron Miller When: Nov 2, 2015

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Comments: Find the start of this line at a nice corner with a crumbly looking start heading up into hand crack. Its around the corner from the Monkey-Spank/Squoze area, easy to spot. The rock may look soft here, but its way better than that and gets quickly into bullet hard stone with spectacular movement. Highly recommended.

Make 2 raps down the west face of this wall on good bolted anchors. Also, another amazing pocket above knifeblade takes a .5 or .4 camalot. Look for it!


Location: New Mexico : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : Capulin Canyon : Main Cliff : Perk Up (5.10+)
By: Aaron Miller When: Nov 2, 2015

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Comments: This route shares anchor with Silver City. 2 raps to ground or, with 70m, a single rap gets you to 10 feet from ground with some downclimbing. I recommend 2 raps through midway anchor on slabs.

The start of this route has two options. You can start in a techy corner, small but good gear with a bolt 20 feet up (5.11), or ten feet right of this there is a 5.8 variation up dirty blocks to the slab anchor. From here, there is a committing mantle onto the slab. Also, the last move of this pitch ... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : Capulin Canyon : Main Cliff : Silver City (5.11-)
By: Aaron Miller When: Nov 2, 2015

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Comments: Good route. New anchor at belay ledge shared by this and Perk-Up. Two raps required to get down, or single 70m gets you to within 10 feet of ground with some scrambling. Recommend 2 raps.

Standard rack to #4 is good beta, but make sure its a new #4 or old #3.5, the old purple #4 is a bit too big to protect the roof move. Also, at the start of the climb from the slab anchor, I went right for a few moves before moving left, the rock was better (even considering the sc... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Miner's Crag
By: Aaron Miller When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: This is an interesting crag, lots of cool and varied routes. The rock is flaky in spots but generally good. Would clean up well with more traffic, but dont expect that any time soon.

Just so everyone knows, 2015 has been a fairly wet year with some big rain events. We climbed about 5 routes here in October and they were all covered in a fine silt from probably a big pour-over or two. We had to brush holds as we climbed as they were slick as snot. Once brushed and blown free of dust, they w... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Vista Verde Crag : 4. Afterburner Face : Let The Daylight In (5.12a/b)
By: Aaron Miller When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: I think I climbed this route, but cant really tell from the description here. The book does not have all these routes either. Can anyone help out with beta here?


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Vista Verde Crag : 4. Afterburner Face : Speed of Sound (5.11b/c)
By: Aaron Miller When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: Im assuming this is the route with the cracked arete? Fun climbing.


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Vista Verde Crag : 4. Afterburner Face : Photo
By: Aaron Miller When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: It would be super helpful if there were route names on this photo. Its hard to parse these from the descriptions alone.


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Vista Verde Crag : 6. Wayne Manor : The Penguin (5.12)
By: Aaron Miller When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: This is almost an amazingly awesome route, as the corner climbing at the start (bolted crack with mostly face-climbing moves) is super fun. The climbing on the upper section is a little contrived as its really close to the 11a just left of it (you can reach all the holds if desired) and its hard to see the little micro pocket you need to reach for to make the move over the bulge-arete. With that said, it was fun, safe, and worth doing. Shares Anchor with Cat-Woman.


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Wild and Scenic : The Red Tail Wall : New Mexican Riviera (5.10+)
By: Aaron Miller When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: This pitch has 5 or 6 bolts on it, so you only need a single rack, but make sure you bring down to a green C3 or Blue Alien size, or some nuts of various sizes. Surprisingly good and interesting finish. This route is the right of the two routes at the lowest part of this wall and starts off with several bolts as well.


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