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Big Block Rock Climbing 

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Fast-access sport climbing on limestone right outside of Abq. Usually shady.

Getting There 

From I-40, travel south on HWY 337 / (a.k.a. south 14), for about 4.5 miles. The crag is on the right and is obvious from the road as there is a big cube detached from the main wall and laying on one corner. Hike down and across the stream bed.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Block

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Block:
Football Problem   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
Pegboard   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
Reachy sidepulls?   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
The Baseball Problem   V8 7B     Boulder   Bouldering Cave
Murray Pinch   V10-11 8A     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Cave
Shane   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   Block Wall
Blockade   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 30'   Bouldering Cave
Beth   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport   Block Wall
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Squeeze the cheese V3+ 6A+  New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Big Block
This is the first problem as you come around the corner of the big block, on the left of the crack. Sit start low with a left on the arete and a right hand stab. Very height dependent, the stand start is about v3, the sit start might be a tidbit harder. Move up using compression with obvious big sap holds and top out smooth. Watch out for trees....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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campus problem
Rock Climbing Photo: Lisa Cecchini Photo By: Jarred Cleerdin
Lisa Cecchini Photo By: Jarred Cleerdin
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This is a view of most of the Big Block crag from ...

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By Chris Cox
From: Logan, UT
Nov 28, 2008
Actually there is a little known published guide by - I think - none other than Matt Samet circa 90's. The routes even have names. I think StoneAge has a copy somewhere, it would be nice to see it online.
By J J
From: Edgewood, NM
Jun 13, 2010
Additional info @

Nice bouldering here due to the daytime shade, plenty of options.
By ian watson
From: Albuquerque, NM
Dec 5, 2012
The 5.7+ routes on the small wall/boulder felt harder to me maybe the way I was climbing it? Be warned if you are looking for some chill/easy 5.7's .
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Dec 5, 2012
@ Ian, I'd always heard of the 2 short bolted climbs on the boulder referred to as 5.9, might be why they seemed a bit hard for 5.7+.
By ian watson
From: Albuquerque, NM
Aug 14, 2013
@Lee I would buy 5.9
By Jeff Dallman
Sep 26, 2014

video beta for a few climbs
By Hamish Malin
From: Fredericksburg, VA
Jun 1, 2017
I may be in area and was thinking of lead-soloing some of these routes with a soloist device - any beta on how easy it would be to build anchors at the base of the various sport routes? Are there trees or blocks at the base that could be used? Cheers!!

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