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99 Problems S 
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Bella Donna S 
Bella Donna (1st Pitch) S 
Big Flake, The S 
Bronner  S 
Enemy T S 
Funk, The S 
Funkmaster Afro Groove S 
Hide & Seek(a) S 
Jornada Del Muerto S 
Midget Proof S 
Midget Proof Direct S 
Morning Commute S 
Mudbone S 
Nate Dog S 
Old Man and the Sea (ka) S 
Old Man and The Sea(ka) (1st Pitch) S 
Old Man Direct S 
Public Enemy S 
Technician, The S 
Titanaboa S 
WTF S 

Bat Cave Rock Climbing 


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Location: 32.93219, -107.23477 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: DisturbingThePeace, Aaron Hobson, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Jason Halladay, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
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Description 

The main cave itself. The cave starts about 30 feet above the ground and is maybe 100 feet tall capped by a triangular shaped roof as big as 30 feet in places. This is a very spectacular looking cave with great looking rock. Most of the routes are going to be very difficult if they go to the top of the wall. Timmy F, Marc Beverly and John Kear have done the vast majrity of work preparing the routes in the cave. Only a few of the routes have been climbed to low anchors in the 5.12 range. There are a couple of lines on the left that could be 5.13's and the rest seem as though they will be harder. Please respect the effort that these individuals have put into the cave and give them an opportunity to climb the routes that they have put a lot of effort into.

Getting There 

From either parking area (there are trails leading from each parking area that join part way up the hill) follow the trail thru the first rock band, for a short 3rd class section. From here follow the trail up the gully for a short ways until it exits out the left side of the gully. Follow this for several switchbacks up to the base of the Super Hero Wall. Turn left and follow the trail along the base of the cliff to the cave.

Routes 

Routes on the Left Side of Cave: (First pitch routes are Marked with bullets)
  • Bella Donna 5.9+ / 5.13b
Funkmaster Afro Groove 5.14b/c 6 bolt extension to Bella Donna
  • Old Man and the Sea(ka) 5.12a / 5.13c
  • Morning Commute 5.11
  • Nate Dog 5.13a, shares start with morning commute, continues straight up at Hueco
Nate Dog 2nd Pitch, uncleaned project, no fixed draws
  • The Funk 5.13d
The Punk 2nd Pitch, project, currently has project draws on it
  • Project - uncleaned, no fixed draws
  • Project - uncleaned, no fixed draws
  • The Helzynki Project, 5.14c? Fixed Draws
  • Enemy T 5.14+ Fixed Draws

Routes on the Right Side of Cave: (First pitch routes are Marked with bullets)
  • Midget Proof 5.12a, Fixed Draws
Extension of Cave routes 5.13+?, This extension can be combined with the last two left side projects and Midget Proof. Fixed Draws
2nd Extension of Cave routes 5.14+? Fixed Draws, goes out the entire cave
  • Midget Proof Direct 5.12d, joins Midget Proof halfway up
  • The Technician 5.13b
  • OG Mudbone 5.13c Black streak, some fixed draws. FA Ben Hanna & Ed Strang
Bronner 5.14a FA Ben Hanna & Ed Strang
  • 99 Problems 5.12d
99 Problems but a Pinch isn't One 5.13c
  • The Big Flake 5.10d
Jornada Del Muerto 5.12d

Weather 

Due to the caves Southern facing aspect good conditions can be tough to come by. In the depths of winter (December, January) when the sun is the lowest in the sky good conditions are difficult. The sun shines into the back of the cave, making it quite hot and shade tough to come by. On cloudy days it can be quite cold to climb. Later in the year (mid February - early May) can have better conditions as the sun is higher creating more shade. Some of the best conditions I have had came in late April.

Climbing Season

For the Bat Cave Area area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',6],['5.13',9],['>=5.14',4],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bat Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bat Cave:
Morning Commute   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Midget Proof   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Old Man and The Sea(ka) (1st Pitch)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 55'   
99 Problems   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Nate Dog   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 55'   
Old Man and the Sea (ka)   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 90'   
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Featured Route For Bat Cave
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben starts the hard stuff Bella Dona/GlueFa (5.13)

Bella Donna 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  NM : Truth or Consequences Area : ... : Bat Cave
The first half of this route is technical slab for 7 bolts(5.9) ( As of4\12\13 this mid way has its own anchor.). After you clip the first fixed draw the climbing becomes steeper as you start the first of 3 bouldery sections, with good rests between them. This climb has surprisingly good holds for the grade and the difficulty comes from its relatively sustained nature. There is a lot of glue on this one, but in my opinion the quality of the movement makes this worth the effort. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

Photos of Bat Cave Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: BAT CAVE (right) Topo A- Midget Proof/M.P.Direct(i...
BAT CAVE (right) Topo A- Midget Proof/M.P.Direct(i...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Hanna working HARD! 5.14 -150'  OFF THE DECK! ...
Ben Hanna working HARD! 5.14 -150' OFF THE DECK! ...
Rock Climbing Photo: BAT CAVE (left) TOPO A- Bella (5,9+) B- Bella Donn...
BAT CAVE (left) TOPO A- Bella (5,9+) B- Bella Donn...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ed Strang after the BIG Dyno  on the 1st/2nd ascen...
Ed Strang after the BIG Dyno on the 1st/2nd ascen...
Rock Climbing Photo: Doug gets a SUNset BURN on  Midget Proof (5.12)
Doug gets a SUNset BURN on Midget Proof (5.12)
Rock Climbing Photo: TALL!!! Cody Roth up high on his 150 foot 5.14 pro...
TALL!!! Cody Roth up high on his 150 foot 5.14 pro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bat Cave Approach
Bat Cave Approach
Rock Climbing Photo: Cody climbing the 5.13 approach pitch into his pro...
Cody climbing the 5.13 approach pitch into his pro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ed Strang working on the unfinished? OG Mudbone/Th...
Ed Strang working on the unfinished? OG Mudbone/Th...

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