Wild and Scenic Wall, Rio Grande Gorge

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Wild and Scenic Wall, Rio Grande Gorge

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This is a beautiful, wild spot on the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico.
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The approach is a steep hike down a loose trail then a scramble along the banks of the river, finished by wading across the river.

A view of the crag. We climbed the burly roof split by the off fingers-to-hands crack in the middle.
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Florian wades across the river.
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Florian climbs the chimney at the base of the first two climbs we did.
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This was our warmup, fun fingers and hands.
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This one is a stellar sustained lie back.
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Then the burly roof. What he's doing here is not going to end well. It's crucial to switch directions. Easier said than done on a laser cut 0.5-0.75" crack (purple to green Camalots) with no feet!
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He found his way over there eventually.
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To finish the day, we did "Kid in a Candy Store." It has a funky scramble without any good pro to start.
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Then sustained, splitter hands.
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Florian gets ready for the final crux: flared jams to stimulating face moves.
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Thanks for another wonderful day of climbing, Florian!

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