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Corner Block

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Corner Block Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Mar 11, 2009


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BETA PHOTO: Corner Block, lower left of Red Wall


At the very left end of the Red Wall, detached, is a shorter block with 5 short routes on it. The routes start on technical, slabby terrain and top out on vertical to slightly overhanging rock.

The routes can be either led (though some will feel fairly run-out) or top-roped, and the first four share the same anchor. The top anchors can be accessed by climbing the back of the block.

Getting There 

From The Box parking lot, walk North through the stream bed. When you see the large Red Wall on the right look toward the end of it and you will see a detached block at it's base. Follow the trails to its base. It is directly across from the overhung stream bed bouldering area.


From Right to Left:

(01) 5.8 Variation (5.8, Trad)
(02) Nowhere to Go (5.10+, Mixed)
(03) No Bozos (5.11R)
(04) Last Tango (5.11R)
(05) Pluto (5.9, Trad)

Climbing Season

For the Northern Box areas area.

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: FA No Holds Barred

No Holds Barred 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  New Mexico : Socorro Area : ... : Corner Block
The crux is above the third bolt but the climbing is a bit thinner to get the third clip. Follow the weakness of the climb, the climb doesn't simply follow straight up the bolt line.This climb allows easy access to the top of Corner Block where ropes can be placed for the hard, less well protected, face climbs to the left....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Karl Kiser
Feb 22, 2015
Someone who climbed the hard Corner Block face climbs in the day needs to clean up the descriptions from Jackson's guide. They do not seem quite correct.

There are two climbs around the corner to the left. The first is a bolted sport climb (5.10 ish) and slightly uphill is a gear climb, Pluto (5.9 ish).

There are two basic face climbs to the left of the new route on the main face. They are serious leads and seldom done. The first goes up past two bolts, then a couple pieces of gear, then up and left past one bolt to finish on top (5.11- PG). The other harder climb, a bit more left, goes up past two bolts then left past two more bolts to a difficult finish with a loose but necessary chockstone (5.11 R).
By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
Mar 19, 2015
Hah, yes I don't use the chockstone, I do not trust it.

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