Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Shot of courage.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Glen Rosales For the Journal

Two local climbers pioneer a route to the top of Whiskey Peak

The ridge slices across the rocky face of the Sandias, meandering upward to Whiskey Peak and shifting colors as it goes. Though it has no name, at least not on any map, it stands out in sharp relief from the rest of the mountain range and is visible from nearly everywhere in Albuquerque.

Especially from Hubert Allen's living room.

From his Tramway Boulevard townhouse, Allen can easily see the 2,600-foot, knife-edge route climbing northeast to the peak, and for a long time the view vexed him. To Allen, this unconquered ridge wasn't scenery, it was challenge. The climber in him wanted to dance along its top.

"It was an obsession," Allen says, standing in his living room with the rocky ridgeline outlined behind him through sliding glass doors.

For three years, Allen obsessed over the unclimbed route. He scouted it from below. …

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