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Location: New Mexico : Jemez Valley Area : Las Conchas : Hidden Tower : Unconchas (5.10a)
By: Swithich When: Aug 28, 2016

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Comments: I had 18 inches to spare with a rope length of a 60 meters.

The route appears to be relatively clean at this point, but I will note I broke some rock off near the top. Makes sure your belayer is aware of the rock fall danger here.


Location: New Mexico : El Rito : El Rito Sport Area : Cellar Wall
By: Swithich When: Jul 24, 2016

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Comments: I like this wall. It has less of the nasty painful pockets when compared to the Gnar Wall. If the two 5.10s on the Gnar Wall do not suit you try this wall.


Location: New Mexico : El Rito : El Rito Sport Area : Gnar Wall : Helical Tusk (5.9)
By: Swithich When: May 30, 2016

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Comments: The route is sustained 5.9 the whole way. Do not expect a rest in the upper section. Probably goes as a whole as a 5.9+.


Location: Texas : Palo Duro Canyon State Park : The Boulder Gardens : Two Pin Boulder : Photo
By: Swithich When: Sep 23, 2014

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Comments: Okay. I soloed them. Like you said 5.4-5.6, but with Palo Duro rock...that could be a broken leg. Thanks for clarifying.

-Swithich


Location: Texas : Palo Duro Canyon State Park : The Boulder Gardens : Two Pin Boulder : Photo
By: Swithich When: Sep 3, 2014

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Comments: I am a bit confused. Is this picture related to the two climbs listed? Or is this just a separate photo of possible climbs?

-Swithich


Location: Texas : Palo Duro Canyon State Park : The Fourth Water Crossing B...
By: Swithich When: Sep 3, 2014

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Comments: The rock on the slab is decent. The rock on the overhang is very poor. The rock on the roof varies. I blew a huge piece off of the starting hold of the left Overhang route. I will be looking for better rock in the canyon next time for sure. My advice...smaller and lighter can climb at this area, but careful, the rock is very brittle.

-Swithich


Location: Texas : Palo Duro Canyon State Park : The Fourth Water Crossing B... : The Slab
By: Swithich When: Sep 3, 2014

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Comments: The slap is the southern boulder. It is not really pale, more of a light brown. I was a bit confused by the description. The author I think means it is behind (sort of) the roof boulder. Just a point of clarification.

-Swithich

PS Also, the two listed routes are on the south (road facing) side of the slab. There is a crack on both sides, but they are separate.


Location: Washington : Southeast Cascades & Yakima : Tieton River : The Honeycomb Buttress
By: Swithich When: Jul 9, 2014

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Comments: I wanted to report the washout of Wildcat Rd./NFS-1306. This is a primary access into a number of Tieton River Rocks areas including "The Caldera", "The Honeycomb Buttress", and "Wild Cat Wall".

My friend and I were headed to The Caldera for bouldering and found a cement blockade in the middle of the road at between .8 and 1.2 miles up the road (guess from google maps). Upon returning to Naches and visiting with the ranger at the NFS station, we were shown the pictures of the washout. It pretty... more >>


Location: Washington : Southeast Cascades & Yakima : Tieton River : Wild Cat Wall
By: Swithich When: Jul 9, 2014

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Comments: I wanted to report the washout of Wildcat Rd./NFS-1306. This is a primary access into a number of Tieton River Rocks areas including "The Caldera", "The Honeycomb Buttress", and "Wild Cat Wall".

My friend and I were headed to The Caldera for bouldering and found a cement blockade in the middle of the road at between .8 and 1.2 miles up the road (guess from google maps). Upon returning to Naches and visiting with the ranger at the NFS station, we were shown the pictures of the washout. It pretty... more >>


Location: Washington : Southeast Cascades & Yakima : Tieton River
By: Swithich When: Jul 9, 2014

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Comments: I wanted to report the washout of Wildcat Rd./NFS-1306. This is a primary access into a number of Tieton River Rocks areas including "The Caldera", "The Honeycomb Buttress", and "Wild Cat Wall".

My friend and I were headed to The Caldera for bouldering and found a cement blockade in the middle of the road at between .8 and 1.2 miles up the road (guess from google maps). Upon returning to Naches and visiting with the ranger at the NFS station, we were shown the pictures of the washout. It pretty... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Juan Tabo Canyon : Shield : Knife Edge (Easy 5th)
By: Swithich When: Jun 3, 2014

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Comments: So I read a number of reports on this before I went and did the route Sunday. I have to be honest though that I didn't see any 5th class climbing. I'm not try to sandbag either, I just never felt I was in a position where I was actually climbing anything. It could be a height related thing though as I often am able to skip holds and avoid moves that others aren't. Anyway, I rated this class 4 the whole way. I thought Cabezon was harder.

-Swithich


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : Ute Lake - Mine Canyon
By: Swithich When: May 31, 2014

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Comments: The climbing area was filled with water, the lake was near the top of the dam. I could see where the area is, but I would have had to contend with about 5 feet of water (and reeds). Will be back in August-ish...to check it out.

-Swithich


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : Tucumcari Mountain
By: Swithich When: May 31, 2014

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Comments: Having been offered a job in Clovis (no climbing for miles), I found this area on Mountain Project and thought I would drive up and give it a try. There is huge potential for development here. I would say there are 20 to 50 potential routes, at least from what I saw (not sure how easy bolts are to put into sandstone, but there are numerous cracks for trad).

I mostly just bouldered V1 and V2 today, not having a pad handy on this trip, but it looks like every level of climbing exists here. I will... more >>


Location: Washington : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Rocks of Sharon
By: Swithich When: Apr 21, 2011

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Comments: Just a quick FYI on the climbing here. I broke two or three holds here last June. The rock is very brittle and if you fully weight a hold in the wrong spot it can break off. Be aware of this when climbing as often the worst time to break a hold is when you have it fully weighted.


Location: Idaho : Hells Canyon
By: Swithich When: Apr 21, 2011

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Comments: I have heard that this area has been under development for some time (this is from a friend of the person who is developing the area). I think the assumption is a guide will follow when development is complete.

The same person told me the routes are of a higher grade mostly 5.11 and above.

I'm not sure where in Hells Canyon the area is being developed, however.


Contributed Forum Posts

Topic Title Forum Author Date
re: February in AlbuquerqueArizona & New MexicoSwithichJan 15, 2017
re: New Mexico Crag DevelopersArizona & New MexicoSwithichJan 10, 2017
re: City of RocksArizona & New MexicoSwithichJan 8, 2017
New Mexico Crag DevelopersArizona & New MexicoSwithichJan 8, 2017
re: City of RocksArizona & New MexicoSwithichJan 8, 2017
re: Roy, New Mexico BetaArizona & New MexicoSwithichJan 1, 2016
re: Roy, New Mexico BetaArizona & New MexicoSwithichSep 24, 2014
Roy, New Mexico BetaArizona & New MexicoSwithichSep 23, 2014
Amarillo/Lubbock climbing partnersMidwestSwithichAug 25, 2014
re: Sandstone BoltingFixed Hardware: Bolts & AnchorsSwithichAug 23, 2014
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