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Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Rough and Ready Hills
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 18, 2009

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Comments: After living in Las Cruces for 3 years, I finally broke down and posted some route information for our local sport crag. I know this crag gets frequented by the NMSU crowd and I think I was waiting for someone else to introduce the area to MP.com. New routes are being added out here which aren't in any of the published guides and it would be great to get some of that information on this site.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Sunny Side : Serpentine (Sun-Rot Dihedra... (5.10)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 15, 2009

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Comments: A second bolt was added at the top of the first pitch next to the old 1/4", making it a descent rappel point.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Sunny Side : The Bulge (5.7)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 15, 2009

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Comments: I tried pulling out the first rusty bolt but didn't get it all the way. I put in a new bolt next to it, so hopefully no-one clips the old one which is sticking out 3/4" and loose. I'll finish it off soon...


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : East Slabs : The Great Bowl/Ingraham Dih... (5.8 R)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 4, 2009

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Comments: the top of Ingraham dihedral has two bolts. If you exit from the belay to the right, another 1/4" bolt is about 20 ft off the belay.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : Nothing to prove (5.5)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 26, 2009

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Comments: I pulled out two hanger-less 1/4" bolts last weekend. One on each side of the summit ridge. It didn't make sense to me to put new bolts on both sides, so instead I put one new bolt at a higher placement which can be used for either side. This along with the piton should provide an adequate top-rope anchor. For descending, you may still be required to leave a sling/biner but the walk-off descent is pretty straightforward.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : Swainson (5.9+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 26, 2009

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Comments: Both of the 1/4" bolts were replaced last weekend.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : Peregrine (5.11)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 3, 2009

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Comments: This route is in a small alcove. The sloping ramp just to the left of the route is an easy climb (~5.2) and gains a small ledge which is used by the OMTRS as one end of a Tyrolean.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : Swainson (5.9+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 3, 2009

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Comments: Almost three years after I first climbed this route, I was back there today with the OMTRS. A couple people jumped on our top-rope and the consensus was that the crux is the lower section. There are some balancy moves on top of the first bulge/hold which spit most people off. Also of note was that we were able to back-up the bolts using pink and brown tricams about 20 ft further back from the bolts.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Peeping Tom (V5+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 1, 2009

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Comments: I started this at a right-hand sloper and a low left hand in a corner hold. Two quick bumps of the right hand and I was on easier holds and cruised the rest of the problem. It definitely didn't feel V5 (I don't know if I've climbed that grade) so I'm guessing that this isn't where one starts? However, based upon the description, it made sense to start here.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Spy vs. Spy (V3)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 1, 2009

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Comments: I have a hard time using the holds around to the left, especially the narrow rail. I ended up doing an awkward mantle on the starting holds but then couldn't move from it. A fun problem and definitely the most interesting on this boulder.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 25, 2008

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Comments: It took me a good while to get to these holds, which were the last chalked up holds on the route this day. Above are tiny crimpers for 2-3 more moves before the top. I was happy just to work out the bottom section.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 25, 2008

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Comments: The moves above this one looked easier, but not on great holds. Theres a good size rock in the landing zone which scared me off giving the top a try.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : The Tooth : Tooth Fairy (5.9+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 24, 2008

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Comments: Finally climbed the "real" last pitch. There are three old pitons in the grass filled crack leading up to the Sotol Yucca. A 1/4" bolt is hidden behind the Yucca. Climbing past the yucca without grabbing onto it looks very difficult. I recommend long pants and shirt, and simply heaving yourself up onto the plant. Probably not too good for the plant, but unless this area becomes high-traffic, I don't imagine much damage occurring. The finger crack above the Sotol is quality.


Location: cuclimbing : climbing : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 23, 2008

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Comments: Mind if I move (or you can, my admin tool doesn't seem to want to let me move a photo from your personal album) this photo to the Southern Comfort Section?


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 23, 2008

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Comments: I thought I had Charlie's latest topo for Southern Comfort but apparently I don't. Elervum's Cove is the west of the main wall, where the shady oak trees are right? I've jumped on one of those routes, the one in the center of the wall that starts slabby on thin gear, and passes two bolts at a crux that is very slabby. After the crux I stayed left to reach the anchors (bolts and chains, about 30 m to ground) instead of heading right where I recall two bolts climbed over more slabbiness.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall : DWI (5.10-)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 9, 2008

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Comments: I felt this route to be a fairly bold lead past the last bolt. This may be because I trended right after that bolt and didn't find any pro (well, a marginal nut in a tiny slot) for 20 ft of face climbing. Next time I'll head more to the left, although I don't recall seeing anything more promising over there.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 9, 2008

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Comments: The Peak that strikes me most as being Yosemite-like is Sugarloaf. Not being a Yosemite climber, I'm probably not the best to judge, but it doesn't seem to me that Sugarloaf is much like Half-Dome.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 9, 2008

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Comments: Those are definitely the Rabbit Ears. Let us know how that arete is.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Needle and Squaretops : Little Squaretop Massif : South Ridge (5.8)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Nov 2, 2008

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Comments: I'd be curious if any Organ Mountain climbers know if this route has been climbed before. Unlike many of the routes I have done in the Organs, there was no evidence of climbers having been up this ridge. But it is an obvious line and it's hard to imagine that it hadn't been explored by someone. Ingraham's guide simply states "a number of routes up the South Eastern end of the massif can be found" but it appears to me that he is talking about 4rth class routes to the summit.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : The Rave
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jul 25, 2008

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Comments: This is a sweet hang out: the deep cave has a level dirt floor and the routes offer variations galore. The top-out is over some small boulders. For me this means I like a spotter, even if the pads are good. Also, I inevitably end up doing funky heel-hooks at the lip, another good reason to bring a spotter here.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : East Slabs : Misty (5.8 R)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jun 1, 2008

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Comments: In response to Karl Kiser's comments: I brought drill and hammer with me and replaced two of the bolts on P2 yesterday. The only old 1/4" bolt left on the route now is the one I left at the top of P2, but at least there is a new one next to it. All the bolts on the first pitch were shiny big 1/2" studs.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Rabbit Ears Slabs
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 14, 2008

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Comments: Thanks for the clarification Karl. I still think Barb's Buttress has a better ring to it than Rabbit Ears Slabs. Do you have any information on the routes here? I'd love to hear it.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 6, 2008

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Comments: What other descent did you try? How bad was it?


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Verbose (5.7 PG13)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 3, 2008

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Comments: Another route dubbed by me. Please correct me if you have information.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Conjugation (5.8)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 3, 2008

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Comments: I just dubbed this route myself, for lack of any better information. Please correct me if you have information.


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