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Brier Patch (Creek Wall) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,400'
Location: 35.8214, -106.516 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jason Halladay on Mar 22, 2009
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The Brier Patch is the first wall you'll see as you descend from the ridge down into UEF. It looks impressive but is a bit broken up by ledges so routes on the wall aren't very consistent or sustained, but the wall does overhang a little bit. As a testament to this, we walked by this wall for nearly two years before finally establishing any routes on it. Contributing to the lack of route development on this wall is the huge patch of thorny bushes at the base. There is probably more potential on the right side of the wall but bring your leather work gloves, long sleeved jacket and clippers so you can whack a path to the base.

Getting There 

As you approach via the approach trail this is the first wall you'll encounter. Either cross the stream on the downed log or ford the stream straight to the wall.

Climbing Season

For the Upper East Fork (UEF) area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

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Lower West Spoon Crack 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c  New Mexico : Jemez Mountains and Jemez V... : ... : Brier Patch (Creek Wall)
The obvious right-trending hand crack line up the wall. Scramble up a couple of ledges placing finger size gear before throwing yourself into the hand and off-hand crack. A wobbler block keyed into the crack about half way offers a jug hold. The crack widens as you get higher and a roof comes in from the left. Layback the roof while wishing it went on for longer and stop on the ledge. Metolius rap hanger two-bolt anchor is on the left. The anchor is hard to see from the ground but it is there. O...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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