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Dead Cholla Wall

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Back to the Creek T,S 
Blind Faith S 
Bob..it S 
Connected T 
Doc's Dangle S 
Drift Away T,S 
Either Or S 
Esmerelda S 
Festival sin Peliculas T 
Fun S 
Fun in the Sun S 
Games S 
Jam Time T 
Lava Flows S 
Leave It To Bob T,S 
Liquid Skin T,S 
Nice T,S 
One for the Book T 
Open Season T 
Re-Connected T,S 
Somebody Loaned Me a Bosch S 
Special Ed S 
Twisted Feet S 
Unnamed 5.8 T 
Waiting for the Sun S 

Dead Cholla Wall 


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Location: 36.3558, -105.733 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Mike Howard, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Mike Howard on Oct 4, 2006
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Description 

Lots of sun early as the crag faces East. Plenty of shade later. It can get a little chilly on nights in the winter. Most of the routes have chains at the top which can be reached to set up top ropes. Many fantastic lines are on this quality wall. A great mix of splitters and sport climbs as well. Almost all the routes are in the 10-12 range.


Getting There 

From the south side of town, drive south on 68 to Pilar, please watch your speed in town. Turn north west at Pilar toward the campgrounds of Orilla Verde Recreation area and drive over the bridge across the Rio Grande and up the other side of the gorge. Once you hit the paved road, take your 1st right that will take you over to the trailhead to park. Then hike down about 300 yards and you will be over the top of the crag.

From the North side of town, take 64 toward Tres Piedras. Just after you cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and the rest area on the left, take your first left, past the community well building. This road used to be a washboard of tooth-rattling madness (now paved). This road ens at a stop sign, turn left toward the gorge. Then continue south and look to the left for the turn off to the trailhead, there is a sign for Dead Cholla under the BLM sign. If the pavement ends, just turn around and take your first right. The parking area can be seen for the sat shot.

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Climbs (Left to Right) 

Where are the Bolts 5.11a (trad)
Kissing Fish 5.9 (trad)
Jam Time 5.10b (trad)
Bob..it 5.11c (mixed bolts+gear)
Blind Faith 5.10+ (sport)
Queso's Delight 5.12- (trad)
Lava Flows 5.11a (sport)
Open Season 5.10c (mixed bolts+gear)
Cholla Backstep 5.11 (trad)
Hageemoto 5.11+ (sport)
Merge Left 5.11 (sport)
Gorge Yourself 5.10+ (mixed bolts+gear)
Just Arose 5.11 (sport)
After the Pillar Came Down 5.10b/c (trad)
Toxic Socks 5.12- (sport)
Special Ed 5.11+ (sport)
Drift Away 5.11a (mixed bolts+gear)
Fun 5.7 (mixed bolts+gear)
Games 5.10+ (sport)
One for the Book 5.9 (trad)
Corrida del Norte 5.11 (sport)
Back to the Creek 5.11a/b (mixed bolts+gear)
Liquid Skin 5.12a (mixed bolts+gear)
No Lines 5.10+ (mixed bolts+gear)
No Waiting 5.11 (sport)
Connected 5.9 (mixed bolts+gear)
Re-Connected 5.12- (mixed bolts+gear)
Festival sin Peliculas 5.10+ (trad)
Twisted Feet 5.11a (sport)
Waiting for the Sun 5.11a (sport)
Doc's Dangle 5.10b/c (sport)
Somebody Loaned Me a Bosch 5.11a (sport)
Nice 5.9+ (mixed bolts+gear)
Either Or 5.11 (sport)
Unnamed 5.8 (trad)
Esmerelda 5.11 (sport)
Leave It To Bob 5.12a/b (mixed bolts+gear)


25 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',7],['5.11',10],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',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 Dead Cholla Wall:
Fun   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   
Fun in the Sun   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Jam Time   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Twisted Feet   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lava Flows   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 65'   
Esmerelda   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 70'   
Special Ed   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   
Leave It To Bob   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 60'   
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Featured Route For Dead Cholla Wall
Pulling through the crux of the route. After getting through the crux, look right at the scenery and contemplate just how great a place you're at before enjoying the great climbing above.

Esmerelda 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  NM : Taos Area : Dead Cholla Wall
A quality arÍte route. Clip a very well-placed bolt just over the roof at the blocky start before going into the thin, technical crux of the route getting up to, and past, the second bolt. Then enjoy fun face and arÍte climbing to the anchor. The route steepens near the top but the holds are juggy making for some great position and moves. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Dan Greenwald
Mar 8, 2012
CONDITION REPORT 

found gear on 3/5

By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 15, 2012

Had three different peaceful, but short afternoon sessions out here and never saw a soul. What a great crag with such gorgeous views and such an unbelievably nice approach, from the short drive to the short walk. Will be great to get back here and get on some of the nice lines that I missed. Fun, short, and thoughtful climbing. Cool to see that there's this whole canyon full of relatively undeveloped basalt all within striking distance!