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La Quinta 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Peabody, Snyder
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Jeff Peabody on Dec 4, 2015

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J. Peabody in the 3rd pitch roof on the first asce...


La Quinta is the splitter crack system left of the regular route. This two pitch variation is a fun addition, avoids the block party on the regular route, and is a nice rappel option if you're not rapping with two ropes.

Pitch 1: 5.8+

Start on pitch 1 of regular route.

Pitch 2: 5.10

Route begins left of regular route on large ledge. Start on right hand crack. Traverse on hand rail to offwidth crux and continue on hand crack thinning to .5 roof, jug crimps to pull the lip.

Pitch 3: 5.9+

Continue up corner system through sandy beach ledges to #4 stem bulge. Traverse out to bolt, go full Mace and ditch the helmet under roof and pull lip gaining #6 crack with a variety of patina edges for feet and holds.

This route is an homage to my time spent in hotels as a rope tech, living in La Quita inns and refusing to give up my love for choss, adventure, and cousinry. Also confirmed by this urban dictionary definition:


Crack system to the left of the regular route on pitch 1 ledge.


Runners, Single set c3, doubles to #3. Single #4, #6. (optional #5 to build anchor for jump across)

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Rock Climbing Photo: J Peabody, 2nd pitch on the first ascent
J Peabody, 2nd pitch on the first ascent
Rock Climbing Photo: La Quinta 5.10  2 pitch variation to regular route
BETA PHOTO: La Quinta 5.10 2 pitch variation to regular route

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By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Dec 4, 2015

One of my more favorite days in Sandona. Two great pitches on top of each other. Splitters, traverses, roofs, oh my.

Dare I say... possibly a better 'full value' option to summit this classic tower.

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