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Fire Cracker S 
Fledgling T 
La Sombra (aka Lopsy Lou) S 
Left Wing T 
Leisure Sport S 
Lucid Fairyland S 
Lucid Fairyland (5.8 var.) S 
Molotov Cocktail S 
Narcolepsy Nightmare S 
Phase Dance S 
Red Wall T 
Spiderman T 
Trunk Monkey T 

Red Wall  

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BETA PHOTO: Left side of Red Wall. Photo and description by S...


Red Wall is the tallest cliff at Socorro Box, about 170' tall. It faces southwest and gets sun from late morning to late afternoon. About 15 climbs are on Red Wall- some are decent moderate sport climbs, and some trad climbs. Many of these stop about halfway up, but a few lines continue all the way up. In general, the 2nd pitches (other than "Big Red Roof") are not worth it; the rock is less good, the climbing easier and most of the 2-pitch climbs require a walk off if you do not have two ropes. The Corner Block, at the left end of Red Wall, hosts 5 more routes too. Despite its height and fun climbing, Red Wall is less popular than some of the other cliffs nearby, perhaps because of incomplete info and that many older climbs require gear to supplement bolts for protection.

As with the rest of the Box, the rock looks suspect but is quite solid.

Getting There 

This is the big cliff on the East side of the Box Canyon. Hike north from the parking area about 300 yards; you could also park off US-60, which is closer. To get to the base of the climbs, it is easiest to follow the trail up near the Red Wall's left side (near the Corner Block -a 40' boulder with bolted lines on it), rather than going straight up the slope.

Climbs, left to right (with lots of help from Karl Kiser) 

Fledgling (5.8, bolts + gear, anchor shared with Left Wing)
Left Wing (5.9+, bolts + gear)
Air France (5.11c, bolts + gear, optional 5.8 trad 2nd pitch)

These climbs share a 2-bolt anchor, or you can continue to the top of the cliff on the 2nd pitch of Hawk's Nest:
Hawk's Nest (5.7, 5.7, 2 pitches, trad)
Gun Powder (5.10c, trad)
TNT (5.11+, bolted)

Molotov Cocktail (5.11a, bolted, anchor shared with Fire Cracker)
Fire Cracker (5.10, bolted)
Big Red Roof (5.10b, 5.11a, 2 pitches, bolts + gear, start shared with 'Diagonal')

These climbs share a 2-bolt anchor, or you can continue to the top of the cliff on the 2nd pitch of Red Wall:
The Diagonal (5.9R, 2 bolts + gear)
Earwig (5.10-, 2 pitches, 1st pitch: bolts + several pieces, 2nd pitch: 5.7 mixed bolts/gear, same as Red Wall)
Red Wall (5.7, bolts + gear, 2 pitches)

Spiderman (5.8, 5.6, 2 pitches, bolts + gear)
Phase Dance (5.11a)
Unknown (5.10, bolts + gear, anchor shared with 'Monkey Business')
Monkey Business (5.11a, bolts + gear)
Narcolepsy Nightmare(?) (5.10, all bolted; also a bolted 2nd pitch prob. not worth doing)
La Sombra (aka Lopsy Lou) (5.9, extension to 5.8 var. of Lucid Fairyland, all bolted)
Unknown (5.8 variation to Lucid Fairyland, all bolted)
Lucid Fairyland (5.10, all bolted)
Leisure Sport (5.8/5.8+, all bolted, short)
Trunk Monkey (5.8, bolts + gear)

Climbing Season

For the Northern Box areas area.

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Red Wall:
Red Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Spiderman   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   
Fire Cracker   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Phase Dance   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 105'   
Molotov Cocktail   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
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Featured Route For Red Wall
La Sombra near the anchors.

La Sombra (aka Lopsy Lou) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NM : Socorro Area : ... : Red Wall
The route is an extension of the route left of Lucid Fairyland. Clip the first three bolts of the original route then continue up and clip several more for a pitch of reasonable length....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Some two-pitch trad / mixed routes on Red Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Some two-pitch trad / mixed routes on Red Wall.

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By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jan 4, 2010
From the top of the wall, descend by either
  • rap where shown in this Photo; awkward start; two raps with a 60 meter rope will work;
  • walk off including short & easy downclimb at far climber's right of wall.
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