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4. Afterburner Face

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Big Howie S 
Blockbuster S 
Fire it Up S 
Let The Daylight In S 
Pinch to Grow and Inch S 
Speed of Sound S 
Windburn S 

4. Afterburner Face Rock Climbing 

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Tallest and most austere of the walls at this crag. Several of the most continuous and sustained sport routes are found here.

From Climber's right:
Big Howie
Pinch to Grow and Inch
Let The Daylight In
Speed of Sound

Getting There 

Continue down river (climber's left) of the Bat Cave about 100 meters until you come to a tall (25 meter) section of steep white and black basalt. This is the afterburner. The clif faces due East, with great morning sun for winter/cold day cragging and goes into the shade in summer afternoons. Excellent rock, classic lines, quality hardware and anchor chains.

Climbing Season

For the Vista Verde Crag area.

Weather station 12.5 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 4. Afterburner Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 4. Afterburner Face:
Afterburner   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 90'   
Big Howie   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Samet on "Big Howie". Photo Courtes...

Big Howie 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  New Mexico : Taos Area : ... : 4. Afterburner Face
Continuous climbing leads to crux moves near the top. Great route and named for a wonderful friend Howie Doyle Howie ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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