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Climbing School Graduates Penitente and Tres Piedras Trips (May 26/27 and/or June 8/9)

Sun, 2013-05-26
Norbert Ensslin and John Pianezze

The two trips to Penitente and Tres Piedras will continue John Pianezze's series of trips for climbing school graduates from this year or other recent years.  These are intended to be fun, moderate outings to some of our favorite climbing areas so that graduates can continue to improve their climbing skills and get a reward for their hard work during the school!  Both areas provide opportunities to toprope climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range, and Penitente also provides opportunities to do easy leads in the 5.6 to 5.8 range.
Please e-mail back to Norbert at if you would like to come on either of these trips.  (John will be out of town) This way we will know how many graduates are coming and how many climbing leaders should be invited to join us.  Also, these trips can be done in either order, so please let us know if you prefer the two-day trip to Penitente to be over Memorial Day weekend or over the June 8-9 weekend, and vice-versa for the one-day trip to Tres Piedras.  Until we hear back from some of you, we have tentatively penciled in the Penitente trip first and the Tres Piedras trip second.
Sunday-Monday, May 26-27th:  Penitente Canyon is known for hard climbs, but also has a nice selection of easy and moderate bolt climbs.    Penitente Canyon is located about 3 ½ hours drive north of Los Alamos near Saguache, Colorado.  We will drive up Sunday morning, climb Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, and drive home Monday afternoon.  So bring overnight camping gear and camping food along with rain gear and your personal climbing gear.  Let's depart from the Sullivan Field parking lot across from the High School at 8 AM Sunday.

Saturday, June 8:  One-day trip to Tres Piedras, which is located about 90 minutes north of Los Alamos.  Tres Piedras has low-angle slab and friction climbing on beautiful granite knobs and slopers, mostly bolt-protected with some gear placements.  Let's depart from the Sullivan Field parking lot across from the High School at 8:30 AM.  Climbers from Santa Fe can join us at the Northern New Mexico Community College in Espanola at 9 AM.  Bring lunch, rain gear, and your personal climbing gear.

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