The left end of the Mad Cow Wall. The right edge ...
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The Mad Cow Wall is arguably the best cliff at LCC, and certainly the best chunk of limestone in New Mexico. The wall stretches for several hundred yards, featuring loads of stellar lines. Routes range in steepness from just past vertical, up to "very steep", and tend to be longer than the routes at other LCC cliffs. Visiting hardmen will want to take a stab at the stunning double black streak of "Black Plague". However, this cliff really shines in the lower 5.12 grades.
This wall faces Northeast. However, unlike the Violence Wall, Mad Cow receives virtually no sun in the winter. It is possible to climb here in the dead of winter (on the right day), but it may be pretty chilly.
From the Violence Wall, continue SE along the cliff base past a large cave (I assume this is the "Hermit Cave", which is off-limits to climbing) with several interesting artifacts. The first few routes ascend super steep orange tiers. To get oriented, find the right-leaning, overhanging bolted dihedral of "The West Wasn't Won on A Salad".
Routes from the Entrance to Hueco Cave. Climbers RIGHT TO LEFT (Thanks DTP!).
(5.13b) - Beautiful Limestone, Last 3 draws are Fixed
(02) Bandit (5.12c/13a) - Powerful Start through roof to easier finish.
(03) John Waynes Knee (5.12d/13a) - Thin vertical start to wild dynos and a tricky finish. Fixed Draws
(5.12c) - Classic route on big holds and steep rock. Fixed Draws
(5.12c) - Big holds except for the hard boulder problem middle. Fixed Draws
(06) West Wasn't Won on Salad
(5.12a) - Rightwards traversing up an overhanging arete with a wild finish. Fixed Draws
(07) Peacemaker (5.12d) - Rumored to have broken
(08) Unknown (5.12b)
(5.11b) - Hard start to easier finish
(10) Rabid Dale
(5.12b) - Bouldery Start to a rest to hard thin finish
(11) Unknown (5.12b)
(12) Black Plague
(5.13b) - Hard moves up a beautiful section of stone.
(13) Big Daddy
(5.12d) - 4 Star climbing up a 30° overhang. Thin climbing culminates in a thin crimp crux.
(14) Rabid Dave
(5.12b) - Great route on stellar rock.
(15) Die Hardral
(5.12a) - Climbs up the diehedral on closely spaced bolts.
(5.11c) - Easier climbing on thin crimps
(5.11c) - Great climbing on crimps, the warmup??
(18) Mad Cow
(5.12b) - More great climbing with long pulls on thin crimps
(19) Anthrax Letters (5.12d) - Hard Start to easier climbing?
(20) Ebola (5.13a) - Harder Start to easier climbing?
Weather station 2.7 miles from here
15 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mad Cow Wall:
Cutter 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 60'
Mad Cow 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 60'
Rawhide 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 60'
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Rawhide 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b NM
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Start up with moderate moves to the first bolt. From here work with with a devious undercling sidepull, or reach past to pockets of various quality. Eventually a nice sidepull jug or higher jugs can be used for clipping the second bolt. Head up through steep rock on good holds with a few big moves thrown in. Rest where possible for the rightward traverse and a final heartbreaking crux before the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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Overview of (most of) the Mad Cow Wall.
The right end of the Mad Cow Wall. Routes 1 & 2 a...
Drew Cumming sending Peacemaker 12d
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 8, 2009
Routes from the Entrance to Hueco Cave. Climbers right to left.
01 Bubbles 5.13b - Beautiful Limestone, Last 3 draws are Fixed
02 Bandit 5.12c/13a - Powerful Start through roof to easier finish.
03 John Waynes Knee 5.12d/13a - Thin vertical start to wild dynos and a tricky finish. Fixed Draws
04 Rawhide 5.12c - Classic route on big holds and steep rock. Fixed Draws
05 ChuckWagon 5.12c - Big holds except for the hard boulder problem middle. Fixed Draws
06 The West Wasn't Won on a Salad 5.12a - Rightwards traversing up an overhanging arete with a wild finish. Fixed Draws
07 Peacemaker 5.12d - Rumored to have broken
08 Unknown 5.12b
09 Rattlesnake 5.11b - Hard start to easier finish
10 Rabid Dale 5.12b - Bouldery Start to a rest to hard thin finish
11 Unknown 5.12b
12 Black Plague 5.13b - Hard moves up a beautiful section of stone.
13 Big Daddy 5.12d - 4 Star climbing up a 30° overhang. Thin climbing culminates in a thin crimp crux.
14 Rabid Dave 5.12b - Great route on stellar rock.
15 Die Hardral 5.12a - Climbs up the diehedral on closely spaced bolts.
16 Shakka 5.11c - Easier climbing on thin crimps
17 Cutter 5.11c - Great climbing on crimps, the warmup??
18 Mad Cow 5.12b - More great climbing with long pulls on thin crimps
19 Anthrax Letters 5.12d - Hard Start to easier climbing?
20 Ebola 5.13a - Harder Start to easier climbing?