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Upper Tier Rock Climbing 

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The small cliff above the Main Wall at Gallows Edge. Two bolted routes and a decent crack climb are found here.

Getting There 

Follow directions for Gallows Edge but don't descend all the way down to the third shelf. The Upper Tier is the second shelf. Look for a long chain anchor that is the top of Dave And Crissa's Route. That is the left-most route on the Upper Tier.

Climbing Season

For the Gallows Edge area.

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Tier:
Dave And Crissa's Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Featured Route For Upper Tier
Rock Climbing Photo: Just above the crux

Dave And Crissa's Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  New Mexico : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : Upper Tier
This is the first route you get to if approaching from the south. This route involves some thought provoking airy arete moves through 4 bolts. The crux is moving over the second bolt. Worth doing if you are at Gallows edge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Arthur Sullivan
From: Albuquerque,NM
May 10, 2010
Walking past the existing lines I was surprised to see some less vertical looking terrain. Seems like the kind of area that could be developed into a nice moderate area like lower gallows edge. I'm guessing the huge perched boulder that looks like it could fall off anytime and squish the potential crowds below has been the deterrent.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
May 12, 2010
I've looked at this cliff band before and most of it is too short and too low-angled to make for any real routes. I know some local climbers have climbed all the cracks up here recently and they reported they were decent introductory gear-protected leads because they're not hard lines, generally protect well and are quite short.

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