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Location: CO : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: WY : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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: NM : 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.


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

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Comments: Paul Horak and I did this and another harder problem 4 feet to the right in the early '80s. I recall one more problem squeezed in between these and the V1 mantle problem on the face to the right.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage
By: David Baltz When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: This area has traditionally been called simply Embudo Canyon. It starts at the Rappel Wall entrance where the stream dries up, and ends at the Brachiation Rock. There are literally a couple hundred problems on both sides of the canyon, from the stream bed to high up the canyon sides.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Right Section : Thin Slice aka A Thin Slice... (5.10)
By: David Baltz When: Jun 25, 2015

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Comments: The route used to be a very nice 5.9(R) back in 1980 before a crucial flake broke off on the starting move off the ground. I would concur with the 10+ rating now.


Location: NM : Taos Area : Questa Dome : Questa Dome : Jonny Questa (5.10c R)
By: David Baltz When: Mar 29, 2010

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Comments: After reviewing Paul Horak's topo and notes, I realized the spelling of the name was incorrect and have changed it (removing the 'h' from Johnny). The route was named after a 1960's cartoon character, Jonny Quest.


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