We descended the crest spur trail from the crest parking lot down the La Luz trail. At the La Luz we hung a left to the top of TWA Canyon
Leaving the La Luz trail and beginning the tame bushwack down TWA Canyon toward Alioth. Alioth is the rounded pointy tower just left of center.
A light use trail is in place but it is the Sandias and there is mandatory bushwacking
It took us one hour to reach the base of route, Aerial Boundaries, on the east face of Alioth
We drew rocks for the first pitch and I won. Racking up.
At the 11+ crux of the route. Two bolts and then two pins to protect the crux. Once you reach the green bush above, the crux is done and it's 5.10 climbing to the anchor.
George following the first pitch as the sun begins to reach the lower wall.
George heads up the second pitch. Sustained 5.11 climbing above him. Pretty wild and run.
For much of the day we had an intermittent audience
Higher on P2
Looking down the third pitch. 5.10c climbing followed by this 5.9+ corner
The fourth pitch started out with a short traverse right and then headed back left above the belay to more sustained 5.11 climbing. A tough pitch with some tricky climbing.
At the belay below the fifth pitch
Gratefully pulling off our climbing shoes at the top after six pitches of climbing
Summit photo! No summit register, though
We couldn't locate the suggested descent to the gully so we made one up. For George this involved some tree downclimbing.
One single rope rap off a tree got us down into the gully. From there it wasn't clear which way to go in the gully so we skipped it and scrambled up the formation behind George in this photo
Some short but easy fifth class sections of scrambling got us to the top of the formation
One last bit of chimneying up to the top
Cruising the grassy slopes up towards the La Luz trail
We just popped out onto the La Luz trail. Pretty cool.
And back to the parking lot where we quickly secured cold sodas from the summit gift shop followed by the requisite beer and pizza at the Lazy Lizard in Sandia Park