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The Pond Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: LeeAB Brinckerhoff on Oct 15, 2008

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Getting There 

Pirated from Ponderosa Bouldering since these are directions to The Pond specifically.

From any direction, the easiest way to get to Ponderosa is via Highway 4, then go east in northern Jemez Pueblo on Highway 290 aka Forest Road 10 towards the town of Ponderosa. After you pass the only bar in Ponderosa, it is 2.6 miles to the parking area. After you pass an irrigation pond, look for the turn to the left. This is parking for the lower area. I can't tell you how to get to the upper area because I haven't been.

From the north, it is easier to turn left off of Highway 4 near the mailboxes between mile markers 33 and 34. There's also a sign saying to turn left here for Ponderosa. From here, you follow Forest Road 10 for ~15 miles, hoping you stay on FR 10 and not some other road. I went this way, but I can't tell you the exact mileage because at one point, the signs indicating you're still on 10 become rare and the road gets worse (and I turned around to see if any other roads were better - they weren't). But if you follow the straight-looking way at any intersection, you'll get there. After ~13 miles, you come upon the aforementioned national forest campground, then right before the pond, turn a soft right into the parking area.

From the gate at the end of the parking area, follow the 'road' westward towards the north end of the pond. From here, most boulders are further west, climbing a gentle ridge via a good trail, however the Cube is more northward (and visible) up the wash.

The GPS location is somewhere in the middle of the climbing.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

72 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pond:
KFAD arete   V2 5+     Boulder, 14'   King for a Day Boulder
Daytona   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 12'   NASCAR Boulder
Spitoon AKA: The Scoop   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   The Scoop Boulder
Fannie Mae   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Fannie Mae
Picture Perfect   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Picture Perfect Boulder
Sick On Hydrox   V3 6A     Boulder   King for a Day Boulder
Cowboy Up, AKA: The Tall Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   The Scoop Boulder
Dot Dot Space, AKA: V5 Arête   V5- 6C     Boulder, 25'   King for a Day Boulder
King for a Day   V6+ 7A     Boulder   King for a Day Boulder
NASCAR traverse   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   NASCAR Boulder
What's the Scoop   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Upper Deck : Lost Descent
Mario Andretti finish   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   NASCAR Boulder
Mario Andretti   V10+ 7C+     Boulder, 35'   NASCAR Boulder
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NASCAR traverse V7 7A+  New Mexico : Jemez Mountains and Jemez V... : ... : NASCAR Boulder
Start on the furthest left holds on the sloping shelf and traverse to the blunt arete, bail at V5 or do a few more moves untill you can reach up to a left hand sidepull with difficulty and do a commiting and difficult barndoor move to the lip. The mantle is not super easy....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Oct 15, 2008
Could one of the addministrators move all the info from Poderosa Bouldering into this as there are at least 4 other areas in the poderosa region. The Corral, The Satillite, Marlbaro? Country (the cigarette), and another area between the Corral and Marlbaro.

Since I've added some of the other areas, the ones that belong here are The scoop, King for a Day, The Cube, Nascar and Resivor Dogs.
By William Penner
From: The 505
Oct 15, 2008
The Range aka Marlboro Country (really more American Spirit country) and the Mega Blocs, the area between The Range and Corral, comprise way more stone than the Pond. One Ponderosa bouldering area would be the best way to organize all the sub-locations like the Ponds.

FS road 296 up to the Corral and points beyond is currently closed until the feds fix a bridge. The road is unlikely to open any time soon.
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Oct 15, 2008
Well, at least American Spirit is easier to spell. I'm glad you agree that the Pondarosa area could use some reorginization. I don't know the milages or the land marks to get to Marlboro Country or the Mega Blocs, though I could get there myself, I don't think I could describe it and get anyone else there. Could you put that up Williampenner? I agree that at least at Marlboro Country there are way more problems than any of the other areas. This is due to the fact that in general all the stone there is good enough to climb. It is also quite a pretty little canyon. Any idea if they would let you ride a mountain bike to the corral, I mean the stream is not exactly huge?
By Spencer Gillespie
From: Albuquerque NM
Jul 10, 2012
I went to this spot and honestly didnt like it. The climbs on it were either to easy or to hard with nothing in between. The area was cool but not great for climbing
By Owen Summerscales
From: Los Alamos, NM
Apr 21, 2013
In the spirit of earth day 2013, we cleaned two bags full of trash out of pond parking lot yesterday. Note, 99% of this is from non-climbers, presumably local youth who like to go down there and party.

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