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Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 6, 2012

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Comments: Pizzas should still be fine for access, although I think CDNP put up a gate making it harder to easily access them.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall : Cross-trainer (5.7)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 28, 2012

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Comments: Forrest,
I'd rate the "4th" pitch as 5.6. My own solo experience on this route was to get to that same part before hesitating and putting on a rope. There was one little steep section that I wasn't sure about doing rope-less, a few bolts before you get to the big ledge. The moves are actually pretty easy and secure, but meander a bit. The crux pitch (if you can even call it that) is the next one with a balancy 5.7 move right off the ledge. The last pitch may have some 5.6 on it as well and some ... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : North Rabbit Ear : Hand Jive (5.8+ PG13)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 13, 2012

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Comments: Thanks for posting this. Can't wait to go out and give it a go.


Location: NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : Tucumcari Mountain : Hobson's Choice (V4-5)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 24, 2011

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Comments: I feel compelled to visit/send this boulder problem. You might even say...


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Needle and Squaretops : The Retaining Wall : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Oct 24, 2011

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Comments: Nice find guys. Sounds like your ascent up onto the retaining wall was pretty fun.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : ORP
By: Aaron Hobson When: Sep 20, 2011

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Comments: I think what Bob describes above is what i was calling the SE flank walk-off. there may have been a little scramble/traverse to get south the to the gully, but if I recall you can avoid an exposed move by doing a short but less exposed boulder problem.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : Razorback
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jun 8, 2011

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Comments: Rappelling to the north works well. A 50m rappel from the Summit hits a small ledge with a single bolt. Not an old 1/4" rusty thing, but a newer expansion bolt in good shape and with a quick link already on it. from this bolt another 20m rappel hits the saddle between Razorback and the Spire.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Middle Rabbit Ear : Normal Route (South Corner) (5.6)
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 22, 2011

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Comments: The 3rd pitch off-width is much harder with a pack on. I watched a 5.12 sport climber get scared and pumped battling with this move while wearing a pack. Of course, this isn't anything like a sport climb, but if you find yourself at surprised at how hard this move feels don't feel bad. Maybe this route is sandbagged? I'll admit I rated it based upon the Ingraham guide, which can often feel sand-bagged compared to other areas. Anyone have any other suggested ratings?


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : The Spire : North Face Direct (5.7)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 30, 2011

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Comments: The route description for Ingraham's "NW Face Direct" matches very well to what we climbed, but it didn't feel much like a "direct" line. I'm sure a more direct line could be found, and it may make the first two pitches a lot better.

I cheated a little bit on my description of the final pitch, which is really the best one. By the time we reached the rappel anchor, we were pretty cold and the slab off to the left looked like it wouldn't protect. So I 4th classed up to the top, and let Dan TR out... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : The Spike : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 24, 2011

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Comments: The crack seen from this view looks wicked, and hard. The start is ~15ft of overhanging fingers-hands. It's just waiting for a talented crack climber to tick it off.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : ORP : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 23, 2011

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Comments: I tried scrambling up the gully on the left of the buttress but was stopped by an overhanging chock-boulder. Probably low fifth class to get around it, but not something I felt like soling on a cold day.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Lesser Spire : Normal Route (5.4)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 23, 2011

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Comments: Staying right of the lichen roof on the first pitch is also good, and there is an old rusty piton below a "crux" move.
rusty piton on first pitch variation
rusty piton on first pitch variation

For the second pitch, staying far left is a good way to scramble and is more of a 4th class move, although with plenty of exposure.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : The Wedge
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jan 18, 2011

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Comments: I recently transcribed the summit register (the wedge) and posted it for anyone to read. The original will go to the NMSU archive. A copy of the transcription is headed back up to the summit. The register I found in Nov 2010 only went as far back as 1989, and had around 40 records.


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Caballo Lake : Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall) : Super Hero (5.11)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 24, 2010

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Comments: No longer the 1st route on the left of the wall. I think it is the third route to the right of Two Face, which is the obvious corner/drainage on this wall.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : North Rabbit Ear : West Face Corner (5.10+ PG13)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Sep 17, 2010

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Comments: It looks like a nice variation on the 2nd pitch is to take a steep fist-OW crack that splits the roof system. I didn't feel strong enough to climb this when we climbed the route, but it is probably less scary than the 5.10+ pg13 move on the slabs to the left.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Shortline Wall
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 30, 2010

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Comments: The Rosul-Dunning claims you can walk-off the top of this wall. I didn't look too hard for a walk-off, since rappelling from the anchors works fine.

The right-hand crack could be climbed free, but would be R/X rated without the addition of a few bolts. It also looks like one could climb the slab/arete on the far right hand side of the wall. Worth checking out if your there.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : Rabbit Ears Slabs
By: Aaron Hobson When: May 30, 2010

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Comments: This wall stayed in the shade until ~10am (Late May). It remained cool until around noon, at which point it was baking hot and not as fun.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 13, 2009

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Comments: Reed, do you remember which route this was?


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The High Horns : Wildcat
By: Aaron Hobson When: Dec 13, 2009

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Comments: Owing to Ingraham's descriptions, the central organs probably do not see much traffic (and by Organ Mtns standards, that means almost non-existent traffic). However, I found the Regular Route to be shorter even than the Normal Route on the Organ Needle. The summit register was in pitiful shape, so I replaced it with a new notebook. I transcribed the old one and posted it to my Blog . Curiously, there were not any entries mor... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : North Rabbit Ear
By: Aaron Hobson When: Nov 26, 2009

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Comments: On my most recent ascent, I retrieved the Summit Register and have copied it into an electronic record located at my BLOG . I placed a new blank note-book at the Summit Cairn an I intend to print out the compiled history and place a copy back on the summit. I'd like to archive the originals in Las Cruces somewhere, possibly NMSU. If anyone knows about where to archive these locally, let me know.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : North Rabbit Ear : Boyer's Chute (5.4)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Nov 24, 2009

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Comments: I enjoyed this route immensely. The narrow confines made it feel like ascending up a canyon, and then you pop out on top of a small summit, superb.

Many rappel stations are found along the route at various locations. Above the crux 5.4 chimney is a two-bolt rappel in bad shape. Both bolts are old 1/4", and one of them is broken off. Fortunately a boulder just above them can be slung for that rappel. The lower 5th class crux (described as the third pitch above) is not well protected on the right... more >>


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Caballo Lake : Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall) : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Oct 15, 2009

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Comments: No dis-resepect was meant by us, and if you want to chop the bolt/anchors go right ahead. We were simply tempted onto the 2nd pitch by the lone bolt placed past the anchors, and then as we got further up the face decided that a bolt was needed rather than run-out on potentially loose rock.


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Caballo Lake : Bat Cave Area : Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall) : Photo
By: Aaron Hobson When: Oct 14, 2009

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Comments: Bob Almond and I finished to the top with Trad. Gear was adequate but tends to meander left into natural weaknesses on the face. We placed one bolt about 30 ft from the top in a chossy area (on lead no less), and a two-bolt rappel station at the top. Unfortunately, a single rope rappel from the top doesn't reach the anchors at the top of the first pitch. Do you know if the FAs intentions were to bolt the rest of the way to the top? A mid-way rappel station/anchor is something we think is needed.


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Caballo Lake
By: Aaron Hobson When: Aug 29, 2009

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Comments: It's really good to see this area being posted. I've made a few trips up here this year and plan on many more as it's a reasonable drive from Las Cruces. I managed to get my little 2wd Geo tracker up to the parking area, although it was a bit iffy. This will be a good winter climbing area.


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Percha Creek, Hillsboro : Nutcracker (5.10a PG13)
By: Aaron Hobson When: Jul 2, 2009

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Comments: The tall thin tree is no longer there, making the identification of this route less straightforward. It's still pretty easy to recognize, with the thin crack start that has two finger pods at about 20ft.


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