The second largest city in New Mexico after Albuquerque. Located way down by the Texas and Mexico border. Very mild winters means rock climbing year round, as long as you think climbing in intense desert heat is feasible.
Areas around Las Cruces include:
The Organ Mountains
, a jagged ridge of rugged peaks. It's got a bit of everything, from bouldering at Pena Blanca
, to drive-up cragging at La Cueva
or high adventurous peaks along the rocky spine which distinguishes Las Cruces' sky-line.
The Dona Ana Mountains
are granitic mountains just north of town. Multi-pitch trad routes and bouldering abound here. Rough and Ready Hills
are the locals sport crag. About twenty routes on a short volcanic cliff-band west of the city.
As for climbing services: NMSU has a small climbing wall and gear shop and the Bike Store, Outdoor Adventures has a small selection of climbing gear.
Las Cruces is at the cross-roads between I-10 and I-25.
Weather station 1.2 miles from here
337 Total Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',94],['2 Stars',110],['1 Star',108],['Bomb',4]
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Tooth or Consequences 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a NM
: Organ Mountains
: ... : The Tooth
A striking climb with exciting moves on every pitch. The first pitch has several variations. The "regular" start as described in Dennis Jackson's guide is in a grass-filled crack underneath the left side of a huge roof (5.8). (This is the same start as for Tooth Decay.) At the first bolt, traverse right underneath the roof to a bolt on the corner. A variation start is to climb a thin seam/shallow-dihedral just to the right of the regular start. This is rated 5.8 R in the Rosul-Dunning topos, b...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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