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Las Cruces Area Climbing

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Dona Ana Mountains 
Organ Mountains 
Rough and Ready Hills 

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Las Cruces Area Climbing 


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Description 

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.


Getting There 

Las Cruces is at the cross-roads between I-10 and I-25.


330 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Las Cruces Area Climbing:
North Face   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b R     Trad, 9 pitches, 1800'   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
West Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 650'   Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel
Cross-trainer   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 600'   Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall
The West Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   The High Horns : The Wedge
Left Eyebrow   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 9 pitches   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
First Move   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
Gertch's Folly   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   The Low Horns : Gertch
King Me   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 500'   Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall
Wish You Were Here   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel
Margaritaville   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall
Black Velvet   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall
Shillelagh   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   The High Horns : The Wedge
Tooth Fairy   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Tooth or Consequences   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Reddi-Wip   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 55'   Rough and Ready Hills : Reddi-Wip Area
Tooth Extraction   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Halitosis Monkey   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 35'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
El Diablo   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     TR, 50'   The Garden : El Diablo Spire
Science Friction (to Left Eyebrow)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, 9 pitches, 800'   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
Unnamed Arete   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
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Featured Route For Las Cruces Area Climbing
Enjoying a brief moment of relief after clipping the third of four bolts on the stellar 5.10 friction pitch on Tooth Or Consequences.

Tooth or Consequences 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 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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