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Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains
By: Robert Cort When: Apr 1, 2013

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Comments: r.e. abqdrew: I think the access through the gate that you found locked is either for a) access to pizza boulders, b) the walk over to the top of the checkerboard (backside access), c), access to the columns, or d) all of the above. That gate has been locked for some time now. There are ways to get to those locations, but for access to checkerboard, your 3.1mi road or Bill L.'s photo is your best bet.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel : West Ridge (5.6)
By: Robert Cort When: Apr 1, 2013

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Comments: A better descent (or at least different) option is to walk east on the summit, and find a nice rap anchor (two beefy bolts with chains) just over the edge. A single rope rap lands you in a gully, with a relatively simple scramble down into the Rabbit Ears Canyon.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel : ... : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Apr 1, 2013

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Comments: Climbed this yesterday (Easter Sunday 2013, March 31st). The blocky terrain in the right side of the photo does indeed appear to be the traditional start for the west ridge. Those wanting a tougher start can use The Nose. It appears you can exit the shelf (left) in a couple of spots, if you follow it to it's end, there is an awkward but well protected move to get up off the shelf.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf : ... : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Mar 23, 2013

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Comments: The large right facing corner (above the tree in the photo) is Banana Peel, and the Left Eyebrow route goes over the smaller right facing corner and past the left leaning tree in the background.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall : Pawn's Promotion (5.7) : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Dec 20, 2012

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Comments: Did you get new ropes?


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - South : Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : S Crags : ... : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Oct 20, 2012

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Comments: Bomber!


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The Low Horns : Gertch : Gertch's Folly (5.8)
By: Robert Cort When: Oct 5, 2012

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Comments: East side approach would be okay to the top of Big Windy Canyon, but the descent through the canyon to the base of the climb is pretty brushy (but at least not as much cat-claw).


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The Low Horns
By: Robert Cort When: Sep 23, 2012

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Comments: I'm going to call these the "Slow Horns." If you rope up, it will be very slow to cross the horns. My suggestion if going north to south: scramble Low Horn 1, rope up for Low Horn 2, scramble Low Horn 3 if you're bold (rope for me), scramble Low Horn 4, rope for a short pitch on Low Horn 5, then scramble over the top of it (although you might want to rope up for a short pitch on 5c too. As for 6, well...the horns are slow, we ran out of time.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf : ... : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Sep 1, 2012

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Comments: By the way, the angle of the photo reflects the direction of the hanger pretty closely if I remember right.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
By: Robert Cort When: Aug 18, 2012

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Comments: Here's a link to the approach hike (my phone logged it at 2.75 miles with 1500ft of elevation gain):

mapmyrun.com/routes/view/12574... (I don't know if you need an account or not)

Took us (3 50ish and 1 60ish) just under 1:30 carrying enough gear and water for two rope teams in August.

Sadly we bailed from Big Bivy ledge (again) because of impending thunderstorms... which never really materialized :-(


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf : Left Eyebrow (5.7 R)
By: Robert Cort When: Jul 15, 2012

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Comments: Climbed this route today 7/15/12, Gary's route description is excellent, but I'll add a few comments nonetheless.

Pitches 2, 3, and 4 can be combined with 70m ropes, and possibly with 60's. Climb the crack until you run out of rope (or almost if on 70's), belay in the crack. Then leave the crack immediately off the belay by climbing off of the right facing corner onto the ramp, then angling up and right on the ramp towards the live tree. (two long pitches)

Pitch 6 can be split in order to sa... more >>


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Caballo Lake
By: Robert Cort When: Jun 23, 2012

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Comments: FYI, the "getting there" instructions assume you are coming from the north. If coming from the south on I-25, make a left from the top of the exit ramp off of I-25. (and the green truck is still gone ;-)


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf : ... : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Apr 1, 2012

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Comments: Better descent is on the opposite side of the ridge from what is shown. As you walk down the ridge south from the summit, you can see two sets of anchors. The ones shown on the right, better ones on the left (looking down the ridge). From the left set of anchors, a two rope rap leaves you at the saddle (there is an intermediate anchor of fixed wires that makes this descent possible with a single rope). From the saddle, scramble east for a short distance where another short rap gets you to th... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Supremacy Rock : Quartzite Ridge (Easy 5th) : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Mar 31, 2012

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Comments: I think those may be canine tracks. Cat tracks normally don't show the claw.


Lion vs. dog print.
Lion vs. dog print.



Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : La Cueva : Sunny Side : Piton Power (5.6)
By: Robert Cort When: Jan 2, 2012

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Comments: Single rope rap gets you down, but it's a fairly long route requiring a 60m rope. Make sure you knot the ends of your role for lowering or rapping. The walk off is a little exposed.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Nov 10, 2011

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Comments: That's funny...somewhere I have a picture just like that...wish I could find it.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Cyclops Rock : Photo
By: Robert Cort When: Oct 30, 2011

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Comments: Is that a Diamondback or a Mojave Green? Or some other variety?


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Needle and Squaretops : Organ Needle : Normal Route (3rd)
By: Robert Cort When: Oct 28, 2011

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Comments: An alternative to the approach from La Cueva is to follow a good trail on the south side of Fillmore Canyon (turn right before you get to the mine), then once parallel to (or slightly before) the yellow rocks, cross Fillmore Creek and regain the trail by ascending one of the small ridges coming down from near the yellow rocks. (this option avoids the "mile of catclaw")


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Needle and Squaretops : Little Squaretop : Normal Route (3rd)
By: Robert Cort When: Oct 24, 2011

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Comments: For those heading north along the ridge towards Squaretop, we added a new rap anchor that makes the awkward rap towards the NW much nicer. I won't tell you how to find it, that's one of the beauties of the Little Squaretop Summit...puzzling out the boulders.


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

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Comments: While scrambling to the summit, I peeked into a crack and thought I saw something round barely visible in the crack. After determining that it was indeed something man-made, John and I worked at it with a stick and nut tool for about 30 minutes before coaxing out an old film canister. It had apparently fallen down into the crack after being placed and had only one entry dated 14 October, 1956. The register, in surprisingly good condition after over 55 years, has been retrieved for archival (wi... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
By: Robert Cort When: Oct 16, 2011

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Comments: Re Craig Childre's question: Yes, using the intermediate rap anchor, you can do the south/left (as descending) rap route with a single 60m (or 70m) rope. Although, full disclosure...I've only done it with two ropes.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Rabbit Ears Area : ORP
By: Robert Cort When: Sep 18, 2011

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Comments: We had a hard time finding the SE Flank walk off. Ended up doing an exposed traverse (roped), then descending the next gully south of ORGY. We did one very short rappel at the bottom of the gully, but after the rap, saw that it was down climbable. We did find one rather large rattlesnake in the gully so watch your step. Perhaps there's an easier way to get to the gully we used by going directly up over the bouldery shoulder south of ORP directly (our route went around it to it's east).


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
By: Robert Cort When: Sep 4, 2011

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Comments: Just to clarify a point about the descent...once you walk down the ridge to the south from the summit, there are two rap anchors, on the right (easier to see), and one on the left. The one described in the sugarloaf overview is the one on the left, and it works very well (I suggest using this option). I have not tried the intermediate rap station, but as I was going by it the other day, I noticed that someone has cleaned up the webbing rats nest.

Edit: Please refer to the new descent options... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf : Left Eyebrow (5.7 R)
By: Robert Cort When: Sep 4, 2011

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Comments: There are two sets of rap anchors on the south ridge from the summit. One (easier to see) to the right, and one to the left. I've not tried the ones to the right, but have heard some strange tales (like "they appear to have been set for 70m rope", etc.) So, I suggest the ones on the left. a two rope rap gets you to the saddle, scramble down to the right and a short single rope rap gets you to the walk off. You can do the first rap with a single rope, using an intermediate anchor (3 fixed wi... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Needle and Squaretops : Squaretop : South East Arete (5.3)
By: Robert Cort When: Jul 9, 2011

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Comments: As of 7/8/2011, the piton protecting the opening move is no longer there. Not to worry, as previously mentioned the move protects well with a medium to small cam, or well placed nut.


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