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Black Steppes, NM
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Black Steppes, NM 
Black Steppes, NM
 
Canyoneering avatar Dec 06 2016
imike
Canyoneering7.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Canyoneering7.00 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Solo hike today!

I headed out for an easier Exploratory route... checking out the closest and shortest of the Black Rock Cuts. Got lucky: bedrock stairway... so, Black Steppes!

As the cut faded out at the Black Rocks, I angled over and up to the lower bench over Alamo Canyon. From that point I decided to do yet another exploratory... see if I could orient a route down and off Long Ridge out on the Northwest end. Again, got lucky... it will take some work but we may have an interesting new exit route for the Black Cuts.

As I enjoyed the various breaks along the ridge ascent, I enjoyed new perspectives across to the adjacent ridges. One fault stood out, and I decided to tag on a third exploratory hit.

I enjoyed an interesting entry up to the bottom of slot, then a demanding climb through a slightly overgrown and very interesting narrows.

The obvious sheep usage of this passage gave it a designation: SheepShank Fault. It was fun! Harder than Cave canyon Fault... but easier exit: Alamo Point trail allowed for a simple walk down and out.

I added 40#'s of rock to the pack over the course of the hike... and the 3 miles of walking from my house guaranteed I got the daily exercise hit I need.

I'd like to start using Tuesday afternoons to edit and post the hiking pictures for the week... and, if I could start producing at least one trail description each week I might slowly catch up on the 30-40 routes I am behind on!

All in all... a great day out!
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