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Ancient Ones, The T 
Another Pretty Face T 
Jonny Questa T 
Questando la via sin arboles T 
Questar T 
Question of Balance T 
Questionable Timing T 
Sequestered T 
Tostadas Comquesta T 

Questa Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,200'
Location: 36.7948, -105.5345 View Map  Incorrect?
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Questa Dome proper is the centerpiece of multi-pitch climbing in the Taos area, with ~5 pitch routes on beautiful white granite. The climbs here range from 5.10-5.12, and have quality crack/slab climbing in the same style as parts of the S. Platte and the Organs. Questa Dome has a deserved reputation for runout/scary slabs, but it is so much more varied than just that! Most climbs follow cracks or seams for much of their length with slab/thin-face sections linking these features. Most climbs in the center of the Dome tackle the intimidating roof that looms at the 350' level. And above the roof- well you'll just have to find out what's up there! Questa also has a (perhaps out-of-date) reputation for old bolts- some climbs have been updated, some haven't- check route descriptions.

Season: May through October, typically. The cliff gets a lot of sun, and can be hot on summer days, or warm enough in spring or fall if it's not windy.

Descent: Top out the dome, scramble up the ridge a little ways, and walk-off to the east, down a faint trail and contour back to the base of the dome. If you have to bail from any of these, you'll need 2 ropes or will need to leave gear and build intermediate stations.

A guidebook or at least a topo is recommended. 'Taos Rock' and 'Rock Climbing: New Mexico' are both excellent guides to the area, and both include the best climbs. 'Taos Rock' includes 2 or 3 more routes that aren't in RC:NM. There are some lines/variations that are not in any guidebook.

Getting There 

From Taos: Take NM 522 north past the village of Questa. 6 miles past Questa take a right at a sign to El Rito. Go just under a mile to where the road turns (at a house) to dirt. Veer right and then climb up the steep road for just under a mile farther. High clearance is helpful (or add about 0.5 miles of walking on the road). At the T-junction, go right, and continue for 0.2 miles to a small parking lot and trailhead on the left.

The trailhead is an ok place to camp.

The trail climbs through the pine forest and soon meets a beautiful creek. In early season, the trail may be flooded by the creek in some places, but should not be a problem. As the trail gets steeper, the dome is obvious on the left. Stay on the trail until about level with the base, then traverse left to the base of the rock. This will take 45 minutes or so.

Climbing Season

For the Taos Area area.

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Questa Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Questa Dome:
The Ancient Ones   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Questando la via sin arboles   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
Jonny Questa   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Tostadas Comquesta   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Question of Balance   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Another Pretty Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Questar   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Questionable Timing   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: This was on the Questa overview

Questionable Timing 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b New Mexico : Taos Area : ... : Questa Dome
Edited after it went completely free:This climb may be considered new or a large variation. Either way it offers excellent varied climbing on consistent grades.Pitch one: 5.11+, 60m: Start at the giant obvious dihedral. Same start as "Tostadas Comquesta." Get in the angling right corner. From under the mini roof, layback it left (not right, which is "tostadas") follow the dihedral right until it gets to a decent ledge. At this ledge punch it left to the 12ft overhung face on dark orange rock. Cl...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Original Paul Horak Questa Topo.  Most of the ...
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Rock Climbing Photo: FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 3
FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 3
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FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 2 - top photo by...
Rock Climbing Photo: FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, p. 1  Errata highlig...
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Rock Climbing Photo: FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, inside photo, summer...
BETA PHOTO: FA of a Q of B, Climbing #44, inside photo, summer...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing mag issue No. 44, September-October 1977 ...
Climbing mag issue No. 44, September-October 1977 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Ancient Ones topo. From
BETA PHOTO: The Ancient Ones topo. From
Rock Climbing Photo: Josh on Aero Questa.
Josh on Aero Questa.
Rock Climbing Photo: Questa Dome.
Questa Dome.

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By Owen Summerscales
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jan 16, 2013
There are some easier routes that have been put up on questa, see:

The Ancient Ones 5.10a *** See attached Ancient ones topo with written description.

The Ledge Area
Approach: From the base of the Ancient Ones, hike up and right skirting the Dome for about 200ft. Then hike west past several trees to reach a ledge just east of the second pitch of the Ancient Ones.

Icelandic Pony 5.10c R ** Start 20ft right of the Ancient Ones’ second pitch and climb up angling cracks to a bulge at left facing croner. Climb over bulge (crux) and continue up corner to a pine tree. Descend by traversing to the Second belay of the Ancient Ones and rap. Note: This route was put up ground up onsight by Scott Resnick and he plans to add a few bolts after the bulge to rid the R rating. FA: Scott Resnick, Dan Greenwald.

Far End Crack 5.7 ** Climb up slab to crack with a large chock stone and contiue up a beautiful hand crack to a two bolt anchor. FA: Dan Greenwald, Scott Resnick.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Feb 19, 2013
Is hand drilling legal again ???

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