Observatory Wall (Upper Tier) Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Topo for the Observatory Wall.
The Observatory Wall is the tier of rock above the Runway, on Early Wall. North-facing and shaded (good in summer). Reach these climbs by climbing the Runway (Lower Tier)
routes below them, usually continuing past the anchors through a blocky section to a higher belay at the base of the Observatory Wall routes. Due to loose rocks, you can't easily/safely traverse very far along the base of the upper tier.
To descend, some climbs may require a 70m rope, 2nd rope, or shenanigans, or walk off to the left. Check the route descriptions to see the best approach pitches, and to see if you'll want a 2nd rope.
It's worth it, the rock quality and views are great.
Climbing Season For the Early Wall area.
Weather station 6.8 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Observatory Wall (Upper Tier):
Airbus 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Featured Route For Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)
Lichening The Serpent 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a NM
: Santa Fe Area
: ... : Observatory Wall (Upper Tie...
The opening moves set the tempo for this exposed and sustained classic. The crux is through the bottom moves but does not jump out at you as a crux at any time. It is pretty sustained, balancy, and thin climbing from the get go. You have to move like a serpent would in S shapes and have good footwork. Very interesting and a must do, but not on a wet day....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
BETA PHOTO: Looking down at Observatory Ledge's two sets of be...
BETA PHOTO: routes on the far right side of Early Wall (photo ...