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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

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',3],['5.13',4],['>=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'   
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Ready for the hard stuff Infernal Justice (5.13) p...

Infernal Justice 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  NM : New Mexico, other Southern ... : ... : Solstice Cave
AMAZING route! Definitely the best one in the cave. Spectacular movement with no major rests.Move up the left hand archway of the cave. Easy terrain (5.9ish) leads to a high first bolt - don't fall. Move up to a flat ledge, and get psyched! Some people use a scummy kneebar on a small tooth under the roof to span the gap to small edges. Considering my noob kneebar capabilities, I opted to deadpoint instead. Power up the overhanging wall, then make the coolest move at Last Chance - mandatory rose ...[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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This pic shows the location of the Solstice Cave,...

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