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Bat Cave Area 

Caballo Lake  


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Location: 32.9418, -107.2437 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: LeeAB on Aug 26, 2009
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Description 

A very wild and as yet undeveloped area with tons of rock, how much of it is climbable and reasonably accessable is up for debate. The main aspect of the cliff line is west facing and bakes in the afternoon sun, though as the cliff contours along the hillside there are more north and south facing aspects as well. The rock is limestone and varies from great to pretty bad onion skin.

This is a pretty rough area and requires 4x4 and clearance to make it all the way to the highest parking. There are no services with in about 45 minutes so plan accordingly. Cliffs range from about 100 feet to close to 300 or taller.

Many years ago Bryan Pletta, Dave Baltz and Doug Teague did some exploring and put up a handful of mixed routes at a small cliff in the Bat Cave area but could not get others motivated to go down and continue development. The area sat for many years without any further development untill the winter of 2008/2009 when Timmy Fairfield, John Kear, Marc Beverly and Lance Hadfield among others started to add routes. Bryan also returned and added bolts to his mixed routes to make them sport climbs.

Getting There 

Directions to Bat Cave

I-25 to Exit 59 Arrey Derry/ Caballo Percha State Parks
Turn right (southwest) at exit for 2.7 mi.
Left on W. Wagoneer Rd. for 1.1 mi.
Left on Sugar Sand Rd. for 0.7 mi.
Veer right onto dirt for 0.2 mi.
Left at Tee, drive under highway in single lane tunnel for 2.6 miles to dam
Continue for 3.7 mi and turn right onto a 4WD road
Continue for 0.4 mi. and veer left
Continue for 0.6 mi. and veer right
Turn left at Green Truck and drive to end for Bat Cave
Continue straight for 0.25 mi at Green Truck for Gotham City

GPS is a very rough estimate from looking at the map. If anyone has accurate GPS cordinates, let me know and I will up date them.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.2 miles from here

35 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',6],['5.10',8],['5.11',7],['5.12',4],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Caballo Lake:
Dirt Day   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 100'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Harley Quinn Devotion   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Two Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 90'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Crystal Mess   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
I'll Be Your Poison Ivy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Metallic Gray   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 190'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Blue Falcon   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Scorpion Queen   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
The Oracle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Lucius   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Bat Cave Area : Left of the Bat Cave
Mega Man   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Bane   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Bat Cave Area : Left of the Bat Cave
Dynamic Duo   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 60'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Mystique   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Silver Surfer   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 97'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Morning Commute   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Bat Cave Area : Bat Cave
Super Hero   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
The Bat   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 95'   Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall)
Midget Proof   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Bat Cave Area : Bat Cave
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A good camp site 1/4 mile before the the last fork...
A good camp site 1/4 mile before the the last fork...
Desi moving through the crux on The Bat
Desi moving through the crux on The Bat
A clear & cold night above Caballo Lake
A clear & cold night above Caballo Lake
Sunset over Caballo Lake taken from Super Hero Wal...
Sunset over Caballo Lake taken from Super Hero Wal...

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By Aaron Hobson
Administrator
From: Clinton, TN
Aug 29, 2009
It's really good to see this area being posted. I've made a few trips up here this year and plan on many more as it's a reasonable drive from Las Cruces. I managed to get my little 2wd Geo tracker up to the parking area, although it was a bit iffy. This will be a good winter climbing area.
By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Oct 20, 2009
Is there any decent camping around this area or is it sketchy (a comment on one of the other pages under this area suggests carrying a gun!)? It would be quite the drive from up north so going down to spend a couple days would be ideal. Thanks.
By lance hadfield
From: tijeras
Dec 25, 2009
Sarah and I camped several times and so did Ian and I. I think the best place to camp is down at the fork before the road gets steep. There is room for several cars and tents it is flat and we left a tent up for the weekend and it was left untouched. This place is going to be great for New Mexico but will take a lot of effort and little climbing for a few seasons. So come ready to work and you should stay off projects because many of these routes are not cleaned yet. We are attempting to get to the top of walls so others can set routes quicker. I will write grades on the ones I clean and try or climb so others know they are safe.
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By Josh Hamling
Apr 12, 2010
Thanks for the great route development! All routes I climbed were very safely bolted and had great anchors. It's refreshing in this area to have thoughtful development happening. I have some gear I would be happy to donate to the cause.
By Beefy
Dec 30, 2010
Re: directions...the green truck is gone, so take the obvious turn on the left before the road becomes impassable
By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Feb 21, 2011
We had a great weekend here climbing mostly at the Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall) area. All the hard work is much appreciated. Putting up all the routes from the ground must be quite difficult, time consuming and potentially scary so thank you.
It's a great desert setting and I'm sure we'll return. Good stuff.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
May 7, 2012
Cool spot, looks like we might need to sample this spot sooner than later!
By Robert Cort
Jun 23, 2012
FYI, the "getting there" instructions assume you are coming from the north. If coming from the south on I-25, make a left from the top of the exit ramp off of I-25. (and the green truck is still gone ;-)
By Mike Rowley
From: Boise, Idaho
May 3, 2013
I am working in T or C for a month or two and would REALLY be stoked to check this area out. Is there anyone out there who would be willing to go with me??? I promise I know how to belay, and lead haha. If anyone can swing this, please let me know! I have a house in T or C we can stay in if its too windy to camp.