South Cliffband Rock Climbing
Doug Couleur on the FA of Kids in Toyland (5.11c),...
This is the cliff section to the SE from the downclimb. With roughly 35 routes, this area offers numerous TR possibilities, and a wide diversity of climbing styles, from difficult thin slabs, to 5.13 cracks, to wild overhangs.
This cliff faces slightly more west than the other crags along the mesa, and so, stays in the shade a bit longer.
From the downclimb, head SE, or left. Some routes are approached from rappel from the mesa rim. For these routes, skip the downclimb and head SE along the rim trail.
Climbing Season For the Cochiti Mesa area.
Weather station 7.2 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in South Cliffband
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Cliffband:
Dynabolic 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 70'
The Prow 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Dreamscape 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For South Cliffband
Shadowdancer 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b NM
: Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ...
: ... : South Cliffband
This is regarded by many as the best route at Cochiti Mesa. Slightly overhanging, with excellent rock, and deep, positive pockets, its hard to argue with that assessment. Due to the overhanging nature, this line is much more pumpy than most Cochiti routes, and the ability to quickly identify the best sequence is critical.There are two ways to climb this route, which accounts for the split grade. However, the various area guidebooks disagree on which way is harder. The route begins by climbin...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
A view from the South Cliffband (looking back at w...
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