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The Windward Passage - 5.10a

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 5
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (1)
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David Milford and Patrick French, 1991
Rock (Trad)
All natural pro.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 3.00/5
  Scenery 4.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


Climb the left crack that runs up the flat part of the face on the right side of the wall, and starts 8 feet to the right of the bolts(Good Clean Fun). Climb more or less straight up, passing about 3 feet to the left of the small tree on the wall, then angle slightly left in the largest crack. at the small overhang, escape to the right and set the belay. the second pitch continues straight up, fun chimneying with your back against the arete.

Descent Options:

Hike up to a notch in the ridge and north down the coulour on the other side to the trail. Or you can climb or solo(upper left) Science Friction wall directly above to gain the top of the ridge, and follow that East to the trail.

Submitted by: moosekas on 2012-09-07
Views: 290
Route ID: 112507

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: moosekas on 1991-06-23 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars First Ascent onsight flash

Stellar route. The first one we ever climbed on the first day we discovered Windward Wall. The obvious line up the obvious crack in the middle-right side of the wall. I originally wanted to rate this 5.9+, but subsequent climbers have preferred a rating of 5.10a. The wind was blowing crazy strong that day, which can happen in the Sandias on many routes.

Added: 2012-09-07