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This crag offers tons of shade and generally steeper, shorter, and less sustained routes than the Sunny Side. If you like 'roped bouldering', this is a good place to push your limits on routes where stamina is not required.

The crag is divided into four sections, from left to right (E to W) they are:
1. Shady Side Left,
2. Mid-Town,
3. Far Side Left,
4. Far Side Right.

Generally it needs to be at least 70-75F in Alamogordo for this crag to be comfortable.

Getting There 

To approach, walk to the far W (downhill) end of the parking lot, look both ways, hold hands, and cross the road quickly to the S side of the highway. Large trucks often come barreling out of the tunnel, so don't expect anyone to slow down for you.

Once safely accross, surmount a short stone wall and scramble up slick limestone for about 15 feet. Pick up a decent climber's trail on the left, and switchback up the hill for 2 minutes. The trail ends at the far left side of "Shady Side Left", so head right along an exposed, scree covered ledge. The first route encountered is "Pipsqueak".

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

35 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shady Side:
Warm Up   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   Mid-Town
Runaway Truck   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Far Side Right
cracker jack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Mid-Town
Bandit   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   Shady Side Left
El Nino   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Mid-Town
The Arete   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Mid-Town
Scott   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Shady Side Left
Rational Expectation   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Mid-Town
Julie   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   Shady Side Left
George   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport   Shady Side Left
Pipsqueak   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 40'   Shady Side Left
Jerk Off   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Shady Side Left
Guchi   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 50'   Mid-Town
Rebecca   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 70'   Shady Side Left
Oktoberfest   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 60'   Shady Side Left
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View of Shady Side from Far Side Right
View of Shady Side from Far Side Right
Overview of the Shady Side from the parking area.
Overview of the Shady Side from the parking area.

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