"Super Arete" (5.8) at
the Sport Area,
A few miles north of the small New Mexico community of El Rito, tucked
well up side canyons in the Carson National Forest, lie two cragging areas:
First, an area of broken cliffs and boulders high on a west-facing canyon
slope that provides just the right setting for a "sport" area.
The adjective "steep" here is only applied to walls beyond the
vertical. However, the holds are plentiful, and the faces are just the
right height for half-rope bolted routes. In addition, there are few other
visitors to the area, so the inevitable wear and tear, visible anchors,
and chalk-defaced crags are only seen by climbers.
Further up the road is a 100m high monolithic cliff that provides a good
setting for traditional (gear-protected) climbing. Its attributes include:
lack of crowding, good access, interesting and solid rock, generally good
protection, and that very rare commodity: high quality climbs at moderate
difficulty levels. This is the perfect spot for a beginning climber to
learn multi-pitch technique, with plenty of exposure to motivate mastering
the art of placing protection. These are the "El Rito Trad"
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another Gary Clark project.