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Capulin Tower Area

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Anachronistic Ethics T 
Onward to the Edge of Space! S 
Petrichor Crack T 
Viking, The T 

Capulin Tower Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 35.77443, -106.38425 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jason Halladay on Oct 28, 2013
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BETA PHOTO: Capulin Tower topo. Note a 70m rope is required to...


Capulin Tower is a semi-detached 120' tower formation in the middle of The Hinterlands. It boasts two routes, an enjoyable two-pitch route to reach the top via 5.10+ climbing and a gorgeous 110' overhanging finger crack crux crack line, Petrichor Crack, right up the middle of the tower.

Starting from the same belay ledge is Capulin's only fully-bolt-protected route, Onward to the Edge of Space!. Much further to the right of the tower is the fantastic The Viking

Getting There 

Approach as for The Hinterlands as shown on the approach beta photo. map. Once in the bottom of the canyon, go upstream (west) for a few hundred yards until you're just below The Hinterlands area. Head right out of the drainage more or less straight up to the wall and then over to the right to reach the base of Capulin Tower. There's not much a trail because the slope washes out frequently and vegetation takes over after wet summers.
The tower routes start from a small, comfortable ledge area that requires a touch of 4th class scrambling to reach.

Climbing Season

For the Capulin Canyon area.

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Capulin Tower Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Capulin Tower Area:
The Viking   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Petrichor Crack   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 110'   
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Featured Route For Capulin Tower Area
Rock Climbing Photo: The striking dihedral of "Viking".

The Viking 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  New Mexico : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : ... : Capulin Tower Area
This is a beautiful right facing dihedral that faces east so sees shade in the afternoon. Climb the amazing hand crack up to where it tapers down to tips. At this point, reach high left and clip a bolt to get to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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