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Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Monk Fish (V2)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jul 4, 2006

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Comments: Looks like there is a hard variation which traverses left onto a shallow scoop, and then to a crimp.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jul 4, 2006

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Comments: Just to the right of this picture is where the fin of rock (South Wall?) begins. There are a few short crack problems/routes that may be listed on the "guidebook" under The Monks routes. I can't tell at this time, but hopefully someone will calrify at some point.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca : ... : Hybrid Wall
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jul 4, 2006

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Comments: This wall suposedly gets is named from a V2+ boulder problem on it, but I couldn't figure out where this might be.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : This is not a test (5.10)
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 28, 2006

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Comments: Climbed this route a second time and it felt much easier. knowing the beta for gear and holds can save a lot of effort. I'm curious if anyone feels it should be down-graded? On my second ascent, I felt this route could be rated a 5.9+, but without beta it can be much harder.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 24, 2006

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Comments: I've reorganized La Cueva into sunny and shady sides. This should also allow for expansion of the bouldering potential, and the eastern satelite formations.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 24, 2006

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Comments: Lichen Fun Slide is the feature directly in the middle. Pebble Steps is the ramp on the right-hand side. The chimney just left of center is Back-Scratcher.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Lesser Spire : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 21, 2006

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Comments: The cliff known to some as the Southern Comfort Wall is described fairly well in Dennis Jackson's guidebook, as well as the "Rosul-Dunning" guide. It's a nice south facing wall in the canyon below the lesser Spire/Orp. I'm curious about what it was called in the early 70's. I imagine some of the routes on this wall had been climbed by then.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel : Wish You Were Here (5.8+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 9, 2006

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Comments: Dennis Jackson's new guidebook is wrong about the 5.11 face climbing on the second pitch of this route (the summit variation). The 5.11 face climbing he refers to is on a different route called Hercumer Snurd. See Karl Kiser's Comment.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel : Finger Zinger (5.10a/b PG13)
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 8, 2006

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Comments: Getting from this area to the NE face (Glad We Came area) is not an easy bushwhack. However, this area has relatively easy access to climbs on the North and SW face.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Sunny Side : Marley Fowat (5.5)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Apr 24, 2006

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Comments: Something of note for those exploring this section of La Cueva; If you continue scrambling along to the top of this section of the cliff you will find another set of 3 shiny bolts. Sources tell me that these bolts are used to set up a tyrolean traverse which crosses over the cove below, and that the organ Mountain rescue Unit uses this for training purposes.


Location: OR : Flagstone
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 20, 2006

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Comments: While I was working in the Willamette national forest (summer 2003 and 2004), I climbed here a number of times, but I never learned much about the routes. I taught several friends of mine the joys of multi-pitch climbing on one of the "easy" and exhaustively bolted climbs on the northern slabs. Despite the small size of the crag, it has a great selection climbs.


Location: OR : Flagstone : Hydrotube Area : Hydrotube (5.8+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 20, 2006

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Comments: Even without any prior knowledge of this area, this route stands out as a unique climb. I followed Tim Toula's 1995 Rock and Road to this cliff while I was working as a bird bander in the national forest here. At first I couldn't even find the crag. T. Toula's mileage didn't jive with my odometer, and there are many forest roads to lead one astray. When I finally found this wonderful crag, Hydrotube was the first route I attempted. It is simply a beautiful route. I remember it being more diffic... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : The Tooth : Tooth Decay (5.11+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 7, 2006

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Comments: I am still breaking into the 5.11 grades and can't say for sure how this climb rates. I can say that the crux move baffled me. At the third bolt I was within a few feet of grabbing the lip, but I just couldn't manage to gain the reach. Eventually I ended up using the draw to do a dynamic lunge for the lip. I know, terrible style, but I was able to reach the anchors at least.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : The Tooth : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 5, 2006

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Comments: The clean slab on the left are where the routes "Tooth or Consequences" (5.10) and "Tooth Fairy" (5.9) ascend. Any routes found to the right of the huge roofs are currently unreported.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : South Organs : Pena Blanca
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 28, 2006

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Comments: Once again I am having naming issues. I have some documents that someone put together about route names and which formation they are on (see the above link). However, I don't have specific information as to what the routes look like, where they are located etc... The problem I am faced with then is trying to match the names I have with the actual routes.

If you see that a route is named wrong SAY SOMETHING. Hopefully this site can be used to bring some of this information together.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 28, 2006

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Comments: I have given one of the "un-named" routes on this wall my own name, to make referenceing easier. There are many lines on the Checkerboard wall that are named "un-named" on topos that I have acquired. For the purposes of this site I have given names to routes after climbing them and posting information about them. If you know of other names I'd love to hear about them.

Also, the variations on Checkerboard criss-cross quite a bit. I'm trying to decide on the best way to capture this. For now, I'l... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : This is not a test (5.10)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Feb 2, 2006

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Comments: Additional bolt anchors are located at the top of the upper chimney section on the left side. There is also a two bolt anchor at the very top of the left hand tower, although what these anchors are used for is a mystery to me.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Shady Side : Width of Reason (5.6 R)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 27, 2006

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Comments: I dubbed this route "Width of Reason" because it looks just wide enough, (not too large or small) where you can reason to yourself that it can be "safely" soloed. Without big bros, it doesn't protect well anyways. There is some loose rock on it, and the large chockstone pivots slightly, although I believe it is solidly wedged into the chimney.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall : Lowenbrau Light (5.7+)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 23, 2006

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Comments: We did this route in one long pitch (~50m) and set up a belay on a comfortable ledge adjacent to the pitch2 belay ledge for Black Velvet. From here there are several variations for the finish. You can continue up on 5.7 or easier climbing to top. You could also head right toward the large roof and into a crack system which is rated 5.8. We were running out of time, and chose to scramble/down-climb left to the anchors at the rappel station at the top of Irish Creme. These anchors should be visib... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Sunny Side : Black Streak (5.10)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 19, 2006

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Comments: the right side of the chimney can be toproped from these anchors. Fun climbing ranging from 5.7 to harder.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Sunny Side : Welcome to Las Cruces (5.5)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 19, 2006

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Comments: This is the first climb I did after moving to Las Cruces, thus the name. This crack system is solo climbed by some to set a rope on Piton Power. One of the pins of Piton power can be clipped to protect the initial slab.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 19, 2006

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Comments: I'm posting information about La Cueva in the hopes of gathering more information about this area. The climbing record in the Las Cruces area seems to be rather difficult to come by. I have been climbing at La Cueva without knowing any information about any beta. I have dubbed routes with my own names for simplification. Otherwise, every route would be called, "Route #4 north face" or something like that.

If you have any issues with my posts, feel free to set me straight.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Cap Rock Area : John Yablonski Rock
By: Aaron Hobson When: Mar 9, 2004

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Comments: Was this rock named in memory of Yablonski or was he one of the primary developers of routes on it? Just curious.


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