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Solstice Cave  


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The right half of the Solstice Cave. There are so...

Climbing is currently allowed in Last Chance Canyon. Continued access is everyones responsibility. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

Climbing in Solstice Cave is no longer off limits. Permission from the Lincoln National Forest (Carlsbad, NM) must be obtained before any new routes can be bolted.

Getting There 

Solstice is located directly accross the canyon from the terminus of the approach trail. This is also one of the few crags visible from the parking area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.1 miles from here

10 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Solstice Cave:
Hot Tamale   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Eternal Sunshine   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Total Eclipse   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
It Put's the Buff On   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 70'   
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frank on the start of "puts on the buff"

It Put's the Buff On 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  NM : New Mexico, other Southern ... : ... : Solstice Cave
This endurance test begins in the very back of the cave. Work through on good holds, look for the sweet knee bar rest before working up into the split roof section. Follow the roof break to it's point and then look left for the giant hueco for another knee bar-esqe rest, can be no hands if you don't mind the inversion. Fight the pump to the finish on long rails with positive holds. Kevin added a 2nd anchor above the original to ensure you get your arm pump in....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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The left half of the Solstice Cave.  There are som...
The left half of the Solstice Cave. There are som...
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