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The Lower Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: magoo on Nov 12, 2014
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Low angle granite wall with a small collection of quality 1-2 pitch routes on great stone high on the east side of the canyon.

Getting There 

From the campground/parking area, hike up the canyon trail for about 1-1/2 mile and then leave the trail and trudge up the steep slope to the cliffs on the east side of the canyon. The point to leave the trail is about 1/2 mile past the third stream crossing. If you pass the wilderness boundary sign you went too far. The routes are on a cliff band directly below the huge, obvious tombstone shaped formation looming above. If you're lucky you'll find the cairns. The section of cliff to aim for is roughly at the highest point that the forested slope reaches up into the rocky canyon wall. Some final scrambling is required to gain the ledge system at the base of the routes.

This approach takes about an hour if you know where to go.

Climbing Season

For the New Mexico, other Northern Areas area.

Weather station 12.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For The Lower Slabs

Ramshackle 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NM : New Mexico, other Northern ... : ... : The Lower Slabs
Begin just right of an obvious line of bolts (threadbare) at a short left facing corner with a ledge and small tree at its end. Scramble up to the base of the left facing corner and climb to the ledge/tree and clip a bolt. Work your way up to another bolt that protects a thin 5.9 section. Continue up on easier terrain past a fixed pin to a final bolt and another 5.9 section to gain a nice ledge with an anchor (100ft). Pitch two goes up slightly left of the anchor to a bolt, then straight up int...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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