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YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Cam Burns, Mike Schillaci on gear in the late 80s. Retro-bolted in 2011 by unknown person.
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: Jason Halladay on Sep 17, 2006

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Fall climbing on "Forest". October 2011....


A steep, featured, formerly gear-protected route with cool tufa-like rails on the far right side of Gateway Rock. Figure out how to pull up off the ground to a chalked-up tooth and then get to a crack where a .5 camalot previously protected steep moves. Now a couple of bolts protect it. Continue up on nicely featured face and crack climbing passing a number of bolts as the crack gets wider (fist size) and steeper. You don't need crack skills, however, as there are plenty of nice features to grasp along the way.

This route was initially climbed on gear and rated 5.11b by the FA party. Consensus suggests it's easier and in the spring of 2011 the route was bolted by an unknown party so gear is no longer necessary. The gear was pretty marginal and this is a very fun line so it sees quite a bit more traffic now with the bolts. It's not clear whether or not the bolter tried contacting the FA party or even realized this was an established line (although given the length, fun moves and busy location, one should have suspected it had been climbed previously.)


Far right side of Gateway Rock just right of Road Rage.

Listed as route #7 on route topo photo for Las Conchas Gateway Rock.


8 bolts to its own anchor with big, beefy steel lowering biner. Used to require BD camalots .4 to #3. Doubles in the .75, 1 and 2. Maybe some medium nuts too. Used to be you could could move left to the anchors on Road Rage at the top without much issue.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Entering the crux area. July 2011.
Entering the crux area. July 2011.
Rock Climbing Photo: On Forest on a fine November day well before it wa...
On Forest on a fine November day well before it wa...

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By Karl Kiser
Apr 1, 2008

This note is good for historical use but the rock isn't good and I have been told that rock has broken during a fall.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Nov 22, 2008

I added this route to MP so I can't give an "opinion rating" but having led it today I'd call it 5.10b R. The R is on account of the poor rock for pro. The placements were plentiful but I had a hard time mentally committing to the thought that the rock in the cracks would hold up if I fell. I ended traversing left a couple of times to clip bolts on Road Rage with double-length runners as a backup if the pro failed. Otherwise, it's a fun line with entertaining climbing.
By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Jun 11, 2011
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Freshly bolted; appears to have happened sometime in the last 3 weeks?
By HoseBeats
Jun 12, 2011
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Very fresh bolts. There is an extra second bolt; clip the left one. Much easier than 11a, 10b?.
By Eric Whitbeck
Jun 13, 2011

The drills can never be silent.
By William Penner
From: The 505
Jun 13, 2011

The drills can never be silent

That piece of stone is already way over-bolted. Go find a new area or develop other sections of Las Conchas that are less used. More importantly don't bolt an existing line.

By Michael Wheat
Jun 24, 2011

I had no idea this was an established route prior to seeing the bolts. Based on the poor rock quality I wouldn't have thought about leading this on trad. I guess I would be ticked if I was into leading routes with poor rock quality on gear. But you can always trad climb at Diablo. The Side-by-Side bolting at the bottom dosen't make any sense to me.
By Josh Smith
Nov 10, 2011

I second the opinion on not adding bolts to an existing line without consulting the FA party. I found the gear adequate on this route.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Nov 26, 2011

I swapped out the first five hangers on this route with colored/painted hangers today since the route is in a high non-climber-traffic area.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Nov 27, 2011

JeremyA wrote:
You should've chopped the bolts as well.

I really hate to see bolting and then chopping "wars" nearly as much as I don't appreciate someone adding bolts to an existing line so I didn't take it upon myself to chop the bolts. I hope if someone decides to chop the new bolts, they'll first contact the the FA party to get their opinion. I know Cam Burns, Camster (Rhymes with Hamster) , frequents MP so contacting him would be easy. And for all we know, the person that added the bolts may have contacted Cam or Mike prior to the additions. I'm told something like that happened at Tres Piedras a few years back when the first ascensionist of many routes there went back and added a bolt or two to one of his routes, and shortly thereafter a couple people, without checking with said FA first, promptly chopped them.

Personally, having led this route on gear years before the bolts were added, I found the gear pretty inadequate in chunky rhyolite. It's a very engaging line with cool features and it's really just a lot of fun when not worrying about the gear placements not holding should you fall.

That said, should the FA be displeased with the added bolts and desires someone do the dirty work of chopping them, I'd appreciate the hangers back for upgrading aging hardware on other Northern NM routes.
By Scott Beguin
From: Santa Fe, NM
Apr 26, 2012
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

All egos aside. This is a superb route whether done naturally, or clipping the bolts. It is always respectful to check with the FA folks but not always an option. Either way the route kicks butt and gets more traffic with bolts installed. We as climbers have to be able to adapt to change. It is different now than it was in the eighties, and standards will continue to change. If you want opposition and battles, join the army.
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Jun 3, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Best route on the wall.
By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Jun 8, 2012
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

And yet, Mainliner goes clean.
Cody Roth: "I do hope that my ascent will be an example of new school creative trad climbing, and that it will encourage others to consider climbing in this low impact style, and to think twice before sinking bolts."
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Aug 16, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

For reference, Cody first worked Mainliner on bolts for a few day before sending it as a sport climb. He then used the bolt to figure out how to get enough and good enough gear for him, someone who climbs 3 letter grades harder, to feel comfortable leading the pitch without the use of the bolts.

So while Cody's ascent is quite impressive it still relied heavily on the use of bolts.
By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Nov 26, 2012

This is pretty interesting. I remember top-roping this a few times then leading it on natural gear (in the late 1980s, if memory serves). Now it's been bolted? Egad! Oh well. Whatever. I thought it was a fun route. Named for the late Forest Fukushima, a truly gifted climber from Los Alamos, who was hit while riding his bike and died. I remember being in Boulder in, I think, fall 1984, when I heard Forest had passed. His father, Eiichi, was on the first ascent of Vinson in Antarctica in 1966 (I think it was 66). Anyway, life goes on....
From: Northern, NM
Aug 12, 2013
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Best line on the wall!!!
By Ben Burnett
From: Colorado
Sep 22, 2013
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I agree, best route on the wall. I prefer trad, but this would be crappy on gear. Always ask before you drill, though.
By Narwhal Lo
From: Durango, CO
May 12, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Awesome route! So much better with bolts!

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