Sandias clmbs

Skiing and mountain literature, photos, and innovative media
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 941
Joined: Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:29 pm
Custom Title: olikyks
Location: Santa Fe

Sandias clmbs

Post by skykilo » Sun May 18, 2014 9:08 pm

There have been several trips to the Sandias since I posted anything here.

Had a nice day up there in the middle of February. Here is a shot of Micah at the crux of Great Escape, a classic pitch of 5.10c. Ross led this one while he was here.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness
Later that day I "almost" on-sighted Western Justice, a long classic pitch of 5.11a that felt plenty sustained and/or sandbagged to me.

George and I had another great trip to Pino Wall in late February to climb Parallel Universe, a full value four-pitch route with a 5.12b crux. Here George follows the wandering, long, engaging, sometimes heady first pitch.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness
Apparently the photos of the crux and higher parts of the route were accidentally deleted. Either that or I didn't take them. Wicked route, though.

Yesterday George and I hit Raven Steals the Sun, an 800 ft route that goes at 5.12a and is überclassic Sandias steeze.

Based on swapping leads and George leading the first (crux) pitch, he was my ropegun. First pitch is the crux. Four double rope rappels down the cliff, clip three pitons then get into some sustained thin 5.12a -- if I return to lead this, then I will very likely make some pre-placements.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness

I led the second pitch, 200 ft of funky 5.9 with 30 ft runouts and big scary loose blocks.

Then George led the third pitch, which features some routefinding and funky 5.11c moves above a piton. This is the start up a decent hand crack.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness

Which left me with the most straightforward pitch of the whole climb, 100 ft of 5.10+ involving a traverse under a roof followed by a fun dihedral.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness

George led our escape on a very sustained wandery pitch of thin 5.11+. Here he is near the end of the difficulties.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness

Good times in the Sandias!

User avatar
Posts: 266
Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:59 pm
Custom Title: Trippin' travellin'.
Location: Seattle, Washington

Re: Sandias clmbs

Post by DonJuanPakistan » Sun May 18, 2014 11:11 pm

Looks awesome, Sky! Makes me wanna go climbing...

...but I'll probably go skiing instead.

User avatar
Posts: 170
Joined: Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:56 am
Custom Title: are we there yet?
Location: el mundo

Re: Sandias clmbs

Post by huevón » Mon May 19, 2014 2:29 pm

Cool angle and shot you got there, trad steeze!

Some kinky bolting too

Posts: 96
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:37 am
Custom Title: TeleRoss
Location: on the beach

Re: Sandias clmbs

Post by teleross » Mon May 19, 2014 3:38 pm

Looks like good fun!

Post Reply