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
35 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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Short and steep on solid rock with movement that is interesting for The Tunnel. If you're sick of lock-off high-steps, you can find a little variety here. Jugs to the first bolt and pretty sustained difficulty to the finish, this is the perfect boulderer's route - felt like V0 to V6 to V5 to me. Start on jugs for a few moves to the first bolt. (You may want to stick clip just in case you blow but if you feel up to a climb like this, you shouldn't have any difficulty clipping it as you go.) Doub...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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