New Mexico Climbing near Santa Fe

I hesitate to write about climbing in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. Basically, because it’s sooooo shit.

Some quotes:

Scott Hunt: “We were told to pass on that the climbing in NM sucks and the locals are rude.”

John Bilberry: “Don’t bother with this place, its pretty much a giant choss pile”

And mine: “I need to get back here soon….I mean, it smells like poo, and there’s a plague of Kokopellis!”

Yeah, I need to get back there. But for you sir/madam, please: do not, by any means, go there. There’s a big sucking sound coming from the rocks in New Mexico – just don’t bother.

5 hour drive from Denver to Las Conchas

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Los Alamos/ White Rock area: The Overlook

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-overlook/105940614

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Scott setting up top rope

Short hike to the base

Short hike to the base

White Rock, NM. The Overlook, Holy Wall 5.10a
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/holy-wall/105940693

White Rock, NM. The Overlook, Holy Wall 5.10a

Patrick on the Holy Wall

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/way-beyond-zebra/105940715

Scott on Way Beyond Zebra

Scott on Way Beyond Zebra

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Patrick contemplating Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

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Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

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Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

Scott leads Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

Scott leads Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

 

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Patrick on Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

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Patrick on Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

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Patrick on Way Beyond Zebra, 5.11b

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El Rito, Sport Area, Super Slab:
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/super-slab/105818705

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Super Slab Area: 
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/super-slab/105818705
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Patrick on Clast Action, 5.9

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On Clast Action

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Las Conchas, Gateway Rock:
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/gateway-rock/105848485

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Las Conchas, Gateway Rock

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Las Conchas, Gateway Rock, Forrest 5.10b/c — with Patrick Singson

Las Conchas, Love Shack area:
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/love-shack-area/106203460

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Careful: don’t get your climbing shoes wet!

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Loves Shack Area, Love Handles 5.9+ — with Scott

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Loves Shack Area, Love Handles 5.9+ — with John Bilberry and Patrick Singson

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Loves Shack Area, Love Handles 5.9+ — with John Bilberry and Patrick Singson

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Loves Shack Area, Love Handles 5.9+ — with John Bilberry, Scott Hunt and Patrick Singson

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Loves Shack Area, Love Handles 5.9+ — with Patrick Singson

 

In conclusion, this is a shithole poor excuse for a climbing area. Go elsewhere, like Smith Rock, or Vedauwoo, or JTree…any place that is well-known and crowded with people in the know. Just remember: It’s crowded for a reason – because it’s soooo good!

Go there!

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