This crag offers tons of shade and generally steeper, shorter, and less sustained routes than the Sunny Side. If you like 'roped bouldering', this is a good place to push your limits on routes where stamina is not required.
The crag is divided into four sections, from left to right (E to W) they are:
1. Shady Side Left,
3. Far Side Left,
4. Far Side Right.
Generally it needs to be at least 70-75F in Alamogordo for this crag to be comfortable.
To approach, walk to the far W (downhill) end of the parking lot, look both ways, hold hands, and cross the road quickly to the S side of the highway. Large trucks often come barreling out of the tunnel, so don't expect anyone to slow down for you.
Once safely accross, surmount a short stone wall and scramble up slick limestone for about 15 feet. Pick up a decent climber's trail on the left, and switchback up the hill for 2 minutes. The trail ends at the far left side of "Shady Side Left", so head right along an exposed, scree covered ledge. The first route encountered is "Pipsqueak".
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
42 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Shady Side
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Featured Route For Shady Side
Julie 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b NM
: New Mexico, other Southern ...
: ... : Shady Side Left
Starting on the left side of the large feature just left of Scott, make the big moves up the steep face on increasingly worse holds until just below the lip, where you'll be faced with the last move of the crux: an explosive throw to a rounded jug. This is the hardest single move on the route and for some it will be low percentage and definitely harder if you're short. From here, manage the pump factor before completing several long reaches on rounded edges. Don't fall doing the last big move be...[more] Browse More Classics in NM