Tristan Hechtel leading Not My Cross To Bear, 5.11b, Penitente
For a great climbing vacation, try Penitente Canyon in the San Luis Valley. With one of the shortest and flattest approaches anywhere, great campsites and a 5.2 climb, Penitente scores high in friendliness.
From the kiosk and gazebo at the parking area, walk east for five minutes to a large alcove with slabby rocks. On the right is an excellent 5.2 climb.
Mr. Breeze 5.2 ***
The direct start– straight up to the bolt from the ground - is difficult. Instead chimney up between Mr. Breeze and the rock to the right for a few feet then traverse left onto easy face holds. The rest of the climb is very easy and pleasant friction climbing on a low angle slab.
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View from the campground at sunset