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Pale Face 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Aaron Miller & Rick Bradshaw
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Aaron Miller on Mar 17, 2007

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After the crux enjoying bigger grips a long way up...


Long, fantastic route. Climbs through a fun roof at the beginning to a shallow dihedral with technical stemming and a steep pumpy crux.


10 feet left of Grape Ape.


14 bolts plus two for the anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Perkins working through the crux. November 2009.
Perkins working through the crux. November 2009.

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By Robin
From: Albuquerque, NM
Mar 17, 2008
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

This route is really fun. I can't wait to get back to send it....
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Nov 9, 2008
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

A 70m rope is just barely long enough to lower/TR this route.
By Anthony Stout
From: Albuquerque, NM
Dec 17, 2008

Long route and fun climbing but this thing appears to need a little more cleaning! Several X "death chunks" tarnish this route (at least, I think they are bad holds, I didn't feel like testing on the way up, nor did I put the X's on them). It's kind of frustrating when the best hold, right in front of you, has a big X on it!

Fortunately, the bolts are well placed and any fall would be of no consequence.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jan 5, 2011
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Absolutely outstanding route. One of the better 11+'s I have climbed in NM. Superior movement and rock. In particular, the shallow dihedral is stellar. Cheers to Aaron and Rick for the time and effort to put this up.

A couple of things regarding finding the climb and the rock quality that Anthony mentioned. I looked around quite a bit and I could not find the "plaque" that is mentioned by Marc. Nevertheless, the route description above is sufficient to find the climb (though the route is probably only 10 feet to the left of Grape Ape). Also, the rock must have cleaned up a bit since Anthony did this route, because what I encountered was clean and solid (and I am usually quite picky about rock quality). Whatever 'X' block Anthony encountered is gone.
By Aaron Miller
From: Santa Fe, NM
Oct 13, 2012

Yeah, somebody stole the plaque??? But it is easy to find, the name gives it away too.

It did clean up superbly.
By George Perkins
From: The Dungeon, NM
Jan 24, 2016
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

We successfully did this climb today with a single 60m rope and absolutely no length to spare. Just reached with rope stretch. Definitely tie off the belayers rope end, maybe your rope isn't as stretchy as mine (down climbing the last 15' feet wouldn't be that challenging, if you had to).

Some people stem to the right wall at the top. That's not necessary, but makes that part a little easier.

The plaque is at the base today. It's the 2nd sport climb left of the post.

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