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Sandia Mountains

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About Sandia Mountains:

Arguably the finest backcountry climbing area in New Mexico. Many formations offering one pitch moderates to multi-pitch desperates. Despite the proximity to Albuquerque, routes in the Sandias can be pretty out there. Many approaches are from the top which gives for a commiting day. Expect bushwhacking. The looseness, aggressive vegetation, and top-down approaches give an aura reminiscent of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. If this area were closer to the major climbing hubs, it would certainly be a good bit more notorious. Area classics include Mountain Mama, Aviary Oort, and Warpy Moople. Excellent slabby granite can be found in the Gemstone area in the lower Sandias. Good bouldering abounds in numerous areas. First ascents await.
Nearest town or city: Albuquerque
Directions: Most approaches are from the Sandia Peak Overlook, about an hour drive from downtown Albuquerque. Some of the lower routes are best approached from the La Luz trailhead at the base.
Latitude, Longitude:
Access Issues: Wilderness area, so most trails do not allow mountain bikes. Some buttresses closed for bird nesting in certain months.
Camping: Pay
When to Climb: Summer
Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime


SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
Average Rating = 0.00/5 Iron Age 5.10c 0

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No route specified Warpy Moople
Southwest Ridge
Southwest Ridge
NW Ridge

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Aces and Eights
Southwest Ridge
Southwest Ridge
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Forum Discussions (3 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Found. Sweater and metolius nuts. Sandia Mountains, NM suprasoup 0 Aug 05 2010, 1:25 AM
No Replies Chimney Canyon Approach In Winter? james481 0 Oct 30 2007, 6:43 PM
With Replies other climbs pgilroy 2 Apr 06 2007, 6:23 PM