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Member Since: Aug 12, 2008
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Point Rank: # 1,651
Total Points: 400

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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Page Improvements = 3



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All 152 | Routes 23 | Areas 3 | Photos 26 | Page Improvements | Comments 54 | Posts 3 | Stars 28 | Ratings 15
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Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : Questa Dome : Question of Balance (5.11- PG13)
By: David Baltz When: 4 days ago

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Comments: On pitch 4, the fixed lost arrow on the roof is now gone. It pulled on me in a fall. Fortunately, I had a cam at the lip but the rope tension in the fall was apparently sufficient to pull the pin. Scary! It will now be much more spicy to place the cam at the lip as a fall onto the slab below could be nasty.

On the 10a variation on P4, there are 4 bolts--not 3. It's still runout though. With a 50m rope, I couldn't make the tree described by Jason, but... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Embudo Canyon
By: David Baltz When: Apr 11, 2017

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Comments: This area is the same as what is being called "Upper Fat City Drainage." The two should be merged and renamed "Embudo Canyon" as the original name of the once very popular bouldering area. The rock is (typically) not nearly as sharp as most Sandias areas.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Chimney Canyon : Clandestine Wall : Wiretap (5.10c PG13)
By: David Baltz When: Apr 11, 2017

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Comments: FA Mark Leonard an David Baltz around the same time as Dossier (probably 1989).


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Yataghan : Blood on the Blade (5.10 R)
By: David Baltz When: Feb 7, 2017

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Comments: Pins are faster than bolts! There were two reasons for the name. First, yataghan is a sword and the route follows the arete or blade. Second, I tend to bleed when I climb.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : ... : Photo
By: David Baltz When: Nov 4, 2016

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Comments: Bull snakes are moderately docile, mostly hiss and shake their tail among the leaves to sound like a rattlesnake and scare people off, but in fact--being twice their size--chase off rattlesnakes from their territory and so are good to have around.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo... : Hidden corridor problem (V4)
By: David Baltz When: Aug 24, 2016

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Comments: There is also a no-hands problem or two on the steep slab on the left side of the corridor. Exciting!


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Surfin' the Turf (5.7) : Photo
By: David Baltz When: Aug 15, 2016

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Comments: I assume you mean the corner to the right of the dead pine. It is unclimbed, but a gorgeous hand crack 20 feet up and very difficult to reach.


Location: Wyoming : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Moon
By: David Baltz When: Jul 6, 2016

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Comments: Except for one horrendously bad section of rock on the Cowcatcher, the rock quality in the Cirque of the Moon is exceptional. There is a single grassy camping spot in the entire cirque large enough for about two tents. The rest of the cirque is a boulder field. This area will not handle crowds!


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 18, 2016

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Comments: I think you're right Mark. We did it in 3 pitches on the FA. When I did it again with Paul, we broke up the 3rd pitch for photo opportunities and to ease rope drag. I definitely have a slide of someone on the 5.9 LB at the end of P1.


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : Questa Dome : Tostadas Comquesta (5.10c PG13)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 14, 2016

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Comments: FA was 7/5/1979 by Paul Horak, Mike Head and Baltz. P3 direct was called 5.10c.


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 14, 2016

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Comments: From Horak's diary:
P1: Up cracks to an overhanging handjam (5.8) to a large loose-sounding rock, then hand traverse right then handjam right to a short but beautiful 5.9 lieback corner. [dB: beta does not show route up LB dihedral directly below 1st belay]
P2: Up 5.9 hand crack (5.10 says dB)to a flake on face, up to a belay.
P3: Left on face, then up cracks to a large ledge.
P4: Up crack to arête to top.

Single rope rap to bottom. Pro to 3".


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage : The Knobby (V0)
By: David Baltz When: Nov 12, 2015

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Comments: There are at least six problems on this rock, starting from right to left:

Right Arête - V2
unnamed - V1
Crystal face - V0-
Corner Arête - V1
Black Knob - V2/3
Left Arête - V0?

On the rock to the right of the Knob Boulder (used for the downclimb), there is a nice overhanging mantle problem --probably V2.

The next boulder/flake to the right jutting out of the stream is the Flake Hump -- probably V2/3


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande : Out to Lunch (5.10b PG13)
By: David Baltz When: Sep 14, 2015

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Comments: Another P5 variation: When I did it years ago with Horak, I led up and slightly right on face--never getting close to Warpy Moople--rejoining the OTL dihedral at the end of the pitch. I remember it being mostly 5.9 on excellent rock but with sparse pro.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Echo Canyon : Techweeny Buttress : Crankenstein (5.11)
By: David Baltz When: Sep 13, 2015

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Comments: Horak called it 11b in his log.
I thought it was really sustained!


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Unknown V3 (V3)
By: David Baltz When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: I don't recognize the boulder so it wasn't done back in the day AFAIK.


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Unknown V5 (V5)
By: David Baltz When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: I don't recognize the boulder so it wasn't done back in the day AFAIK.


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais : Breech Baby (5.11a) : Photo
By: David Baltz When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: Looks awesome!


Location: New Mexico : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : East Slabs : Misty (5.8 R)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 20, 2015

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Comments: This used to be my favorite route at the East Slabs. I think it deserves at least 3 stars!

Bear Walk is an unlisted route a few yards to the right of Misty and is also a worthy route (5.8 PG-13 if I remember).

Also, The Drift was a very bold 5.10R slab around the corner to the left of Misty. Karl will have to add some description.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage : Free Cap'n (V5-6)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: Paul Horak and I also did the face to the left via the flake and some palmy/slopers for the left hand. Probably V4.

The classic offwidth crack further left is V0/1 depending on whether it is done as a LB or OW. It has a real ankle-buster fall!


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Juan Tabo PG : Rock House Mantle Boulder : Rock House Corner (V4)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: I believe this is a Gary Hicks FA, circa 1982.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo... : Wounded Knee arete (V3)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: The FA on this one was Paul Horak if I remember, circa 1979.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Lower Mound (western cluste... : Africa (V2)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: A layback with a verrrry high-step with the left foot! I'll claim the FA on this one, circa 1979.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : The Murray Highball (V4-)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: I'll claim credit for the FA on this one. Circa 1984.
I would call it closer to V2.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : The Manatee (V4-5)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: "... and I sure hope Mike Head did it on-site - as opposed to, say, in his basement! "

Good catch Mark.
On-sight, not on-site.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : Knob Problem (V3)
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: The boulder behind is off limits. Just use the knob.


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