Trip Report
Knife edge, Sandia mountains
Sunday August 4, 2013 7:11pm
Unroped, of course.

After a family reunion in Santa fe, I found myself with a free day and a rental car. A quick search on mountain project revealed that the knife edge would be the best way to elevate my heart rate for a couple hours.

It was a good choice. It took me about four and a half hours, up from the piedra Lisa trailhead, over to the crest and down chimney canyon. I ran what I could and walked what I couldn't. 10.5mi, 4400 ft of climbing, according to strava.

The ridge itself was great - the rating of "easy fifth" seems about right. I found it a bit easier than the entrance to cocaine gully at Smith; the downclimb sections were comparable to the uberfall.

The steepest bit. Not too bad.
The steepest bit. Not too bad.
Credit: Nkane
Exotic wildlife!
Exotic wildlife!
Credit: Nkane
Giving me a good incentive to keep the pace up were the big clouds ballooning over the ridge. The trail showed signs of recent rains, and after topping out the ridge, the damp and loamy forest made me worry about how much rain customarily falls there. The clouds, though, stayed politely to the east until I was down.
Credit: Nkane
Scary clouds from the crest.  Also, the gift shop was closed!
Scary clouds from the crest. Also, the gift shop was closed!
Credit: Nkane
After, the folks at the stone age gym in Albuquerque were extraordinarily gracious about letting me take a shower before my flight.
I found this cool old clock on the way down. I tried to wind it (a...
I found this cool old clock on the way down. I tried to wind it (as I hear one does with old clocks), but its innards had rusted into immobility. I left it on a rock, correctly telling the time twice a day and reminding it's finder of the fate of all clo
Credit: Nkane
Rack: guide tennies, 3 liters of water, two cliff bars and an espresso cliff shot.

Soundtrack :

Crash of rhinos - knots
Desaparacedos - read music, speak Spanish
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - the brutalist bricks
Lady lamb the beekeeper - ripely pine
The national - trouble will find me
Cool things to climb in chimney canyon.
Cool things to climb in chimney canyon.
Credit: Nkane

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Nkane is a trad climber from San Francisco, USA.

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Nkane

Trad climber
San Francisco, USA
Author's Reply  Aug 4, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
It appears my pictures have come out sideways; i recommend rotating your computer.
moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Aug 4, 2013 - 07:35pm PT
Still nice to look at...Thanx for sharing....

Stevo
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Aug 4, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
I think that's Survival's wristwatch. I remember he said he dropped it up there.
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  Aug 4, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Brings back good memories of my ascent of the ridge. It was easy but I kept drifting left onto steeper stuff until I deemed it wise to get back to the ridge!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Aug 5, 2013 - 08:11am PT
Nice!
Thank you!!!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Aug 5, 2013 - 08:44am PT
Ah, the Knife's Edge and the W... Brings back old memories...

AC/DC blasting on a cassette tape player in a fanny pack...
Frightened teenager crossing the W...
HuecoRat

Trad climber
NJ
  Aug 5, 2013 - 09:15am PT
Memories for me, too. Completing a new direct finish to routes 2 & 3, and racing an oncoming snowstorm as we tore along the knife edge as fast as we could go. Good times.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Aug 23, 2013 - 12:20pm PT
Dude.....must....rotate....pix......


Doesn't every computer from this century have the ability to rotate photos?

HELP!!!!


GO SANDIAS!!!

Credit: survival
snakefoot

climber
Nor Cal
  Aug 23, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
nice, those mountains are fantastic. did warpy moople(sp?) years ago and such quality.
cowpoke

climber
  Aug 23, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
Looks like a great day!
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