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Gralisa Leen S 
Odor Takeda, The S 
Rock of Ages T 
Thunderbird Crack, The T 
Unknown Wide Crack T 
Unnamed S 

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The Pit is an enclosed pit-type area just north of the Main Wall at Gallows Edge. Four bolted routes and a couple of crack climbs are found in The Pit. It also offers some nice circle traverse bouldering inside. Because it's enclosed it makes for a nice shady retreat in summer heat.

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Getting There 

From the base of the Main Wall at Gallows, follow the faint trail north for about 100 yards. Look up and left for the bolted anchors of Gralisa Leen and The-Odor Takeda which can been seen from outside The Pit. The NE end of The Pit has a crawl-through entrance to get in. It's also possible to rappel or downclimb in from the south end of The Pit.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pit:
The Odor Takeda   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Thunderbird Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 35'   
Gralisa Leen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Unnamed 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New Mexico : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : The Pit
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By Curt Dvonch
Jan 30, 2011
Has anybody climbed the crack to the left of (05) The Odor Takeda? It is my first trad lead, and I just did it today!
By B G
Sep 29, 2013
Access to The Pit has been severely limited by a cave-in due to the recent flooding in the Los Alamos area. The area is still visible from the southeast, and the southwest wall seems to have shifted a few feet (???)
Rock Climbing Photo: 9/28/13
By B G
Oct 6, 2013
Disregard, I apparently forgot which tunnel accessed the pit. There's some erosion and rocks got moved around by flooding but access is fine.

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