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Bouldering Cave Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: LeeAB on Oct 10, 2007

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Generally shady. This "rock" is well traveled but it's weepy limestone and forms a cave that is quite subject to freeze-thaw that results in sometimes annual changes in routes. Nevertheless, it's still good climbing.

The main cave hosts a good selection of problems in the V4 to V9 range with many eliminates, variations and link-ups. There is also the Murry Pinch V11 is a problem that involves a terrible pinch at the lip then tinny crimps and is between the Football Problem and the Reachy Sidepull problem.

To the left of the roof are several easier problem V2 to about V4 and as you continue left there are more problems but the rock has not recived as much "LOVE" and is thus a bit less reliable.

If you can get over the huge amount of epoxy that has been poured into this area (very little would be climbable here without it) it provides a good change of pace from the typical slabby, sharp granite to be had near town. As well as a shady venue that is at least bearable durring the summer, though if you want to do stuff that is hard for you, better to wait till temps are in the 60's or lower as the rock is pretty polished.

Getting There 

From the parking area, hike south and down into the creek bed, cross the moat, and find some entertaining bouldering.

Climbing Season

For the Big Block area.

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bouldering Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bouldering Cave:
Football Problem   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   
Pegboard   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   
Reachy sidepulls?   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 15'   
Murray Pinch   V10-11 8A     Boulder, 15'   
Blockade   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 30'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Stickin the crux on Baseball. Fun!

The Baseball Problem V8 7B  NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Bouldering Cave
Doing the crux move(s) is often correlated to how well you can see the holds from the underside of the roof, but in general the business is turning the roof and grabbing the "baseball" hold to then make the last hard move to get to the jug finish. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Rock Climbing Photo: Me, working a low ball.
Me, working a low ball.
Rock Climbing Photo:  V8,side pull 1995
V8,side pull 1995
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the lower part of main wall at Big Block. ...
Working the lower part of main wall at Big Block. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the high traverse of main wall at Big Bloc...
Working the high traverse of main wall at Big Bloc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the lower part of main wall at Big Block. ...
Working the lower part of main wall at Big Block. ...
Rock Climbing Photo:  v7 variation
v7 variation

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By Robin
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jun 2, 2009
I agree with Leeab's comments for sure. It's not the greatest crag but it's right there outside of town and often cooler than the lower Sandias. Combined with leading the two mellow 5.10's it makes for a quick outdoor climbing fix.

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