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The Overlook Rock Climbing 

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An enjoyable basalt, mostly sport climbing crag that also offers some nice gear-protected crack climbs, the Overlook is generally regarded as the finest crag at White Rock.

There are two sides to the Overlook--a northwest aspect and a southeast aspect so climbing can be done year round. Warm winter days are awesome on the southeast side. Almost all climbs have bolted anchors, included the gear-protected crack climbs.

Most cracks were toproped in the 70s, with bolted routes put up in the 80s and no more new route potential really exists, although the original White Rock bolting agreement (1989) along with the amended agreement (2004) allows for new bolted face climbs to be established at the Overlook [per this agreement, establishing new bolted routes is not permitted at some of the other White Rock "trad" cliffs].

Although there are some new climbs in this area, the original guide to the Overlook, the 1991 Sport Climbing in New Mexico book by Samet & Jett, covers it well. The author of that book was kind enough to allow the Los Alamos Mountaineers to reproduce it digitally and post it on the club's website.

Getting There 

From NM4, turn south on Rover Blvd. Turn left on the first street on your left, Meadow Lane. Stay on Meadow Lane for .8 mile or so and turn left at the well-signed Overlook Park. This park is loaded with soccer and baseball fields. Park at very end of the road at the round-about at the scenic Overlook view point. Follow the spiny, exposed ridge trail NE left the Overlook view point and descend to the next shelf. You'll be on top of the climbing cliff. A good climber's trail heads south (right) and down to the base of the southeast cliff on your left. The first bolted climb you'll find is Bosker Boozeroo.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

71 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Overlook

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Overlook:
Headwall Crack Left   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 55'   South/East side
Polly's Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 60'   South/East side
Cholla Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   South/East side
Headwall Crack Right   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   South/East side
Holy Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 55'   South/East side
Overlard (aka Foops)   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   North/West side
Cholla Wall   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 55'   South/East side
Boy What Assholes (You Guys Turned Out to Be)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 55'   South/East side
Huecos Rancheros   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   North/West side
Dave's Face (a.k.a. Sale at Mervyn's)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 60'   South/East side
Crisis In Utopia   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   North/West side
Just Say No To Jugs   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   North/West side
Bosker Boozeroo   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   South/East side
Paul's Boutique   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   South/East side
Way Beyond Zebra   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 65'   South/East side
Nice Guys Finish Last   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 63'   South/East side
Len's Roof   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 55'   South/East side
Double Vision / Ream Dream   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   South/East side
Thorazine Dream   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   South/East side
Face Off   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   South/East side
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Cholla Wall 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13  New Mexico : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : South/East side
One of the finer routes at The Overlook. A nicely pocketed, sustained face route. It is a very popular top-rope and a proud gear lead because of the tricky gear placements in pockets. By longtime, documented agreement by local climbers do not bolt this face route. The route gets its name from a Cholla cactus that used to be at the base of the route that pricked many climbers tha...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By ZLed
Oct 6, 2016
Someone left their rope in a bag at overlook this weekend, email me if you think it's yours.
By Melanie Elkins
May 7, 2017
FOUND: 4/7/17
4 locking biners attached to two yellow slings, clearly used as an anchor- found on the approach by the overlook

Text me if they are yours including the color of marking tape!

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