The main cave itself. The cave starts about 30 feet above the ground and is maybe 100 feet tall capped by a triangular shaped roof as big as 30 feet in places. This is a very spectacular looking cave with great looking rock. Most of the routes are going to be very difficult if they go to the top of the wall. Timmy F, Marc Beverly and John Kear have done the vast majrity of work preparing the routes in the cave. Only a few of the routes have been climbed to low anchors in the 5.12 range. There are a couple of lines on the left that could be 5.13's and the rest seem as though they will be harder. Please respect the effort that these individuals have put into the cave and give them an opportunity to climb the routes that they have put a lot of effort into.
from the parking area head up and across the hillside aiming for a notch well right of the cave to get above the first rock band. Next contour around left into a rock bottomed wash. Hike up the wash till just below the cliff and the cave, work out of the wash to the right and cut back left and up across the slab into the base of the cave.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bat Cave:
Midget Proof 5.12a Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Nate Dog 5.13a Sport, 55 feet
Bella Donna 5.13b Sport, 90 feet
Old Man and the Sea (ka) 5.13c Sport, 90 feet
The Funk 5.13c Sport, 55 feet
Funkmaster Afro Groove 5.14b/c Sport, 1 pitch, 130 feet
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Bella Donna 5.13b NM : New Mexico, other Southern ... : ... : Bat Cave
The first half of this route is technical slab for 7 bolts(5.9) ( As of4\12\13 this mid way has its own anchor.). After you clip the first fixed draw the climbing becomes steeper as you start the first of 3 bouldery sections, with good rests between them. This climb has surprisingly good holds for the grade and the difficulty comes from its relatively sustained nature. There is a lot of glue on this one, but in my opinion the quality of the movement makes this worth the effort. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM