Southern Comfort Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: E. Lowenbrau Light F. Black Velvet G. Margaritavil...
South facing wall located north of the base of the Rabbit Ears Massif. There are several high quality trad routes on this wall. The rock tends to be good quality. There are 3 separate rappel routes which make the descent fairly easy. Bring two ropes to rappel.
Lowenbrau Light, Black Velvet, Margaritaville, and Best Bitters all use the rappel chains at the top of Five Easy Steps. This is a 165-foot rappel. If you do hang up your rope, check the bottom section of Best Bitters
for retrieval options. The climbing on this part of the route is in a 5.7 range.
Wild Turkey and Zombie are best done as top ropes, the pro is not that great. To reach the anchor the two climbs share, rap down from the same chains (the ones on top of Five Easy Steps) and look to your left.
Approach via Topp Hut Road. 30 minutes to one hour (are you in shape?) to reach the cliff. Follow the Topp Hut Road past the hut. Take a right turn at the first fork and continue up this road until its end. From here on the left, strike up a climber's trail which heads directly up the slope to the cliff's base.
Climbing Season For the Rabbit Ears Area area.
Weather station 10.1 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Southern Comfort Wall
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Black Velvet 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NM
: Organ Mountains
: ... : Southern Comfort Wall
Start at a dead gnarly oak on a ledge 20 ft up the cliff, under a large left facing crack system. A huge roof caps off the final pitch and makes an excellent landmark.Pitch 1 goes right up a fourth class corner onto a large ledge (unless you scramble this part) and then climbs the corner/crack system up to a small belay stance just below a hand traverse left. Pitch 2 (crux) goes out the hand traverse and up a steep layback for a ways. Yucca plants make pulling out of the crack system sticky. Go ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
BETA PHOTO: Location of the Southern Comfort Wall
The view of Las Cruces at sunset while hiking out ...
BETA PHOTO: H. Wild Turkey 8 I. Zombie 8 J. Best Bitters 9 K. ...
BETA PHOTO: Southern Comfort Wall
BETA PHOTO: West Side of Southern Comfort A. Have a Drink on M...
Nice face climbing on Southern Comfort Wall Have A...
BETA PHOTO: J. Best Bitters 9 K. Five Easy Steps 5 L. Hangover...
BETA PHOTO: Routes at the Fin (which I called Elverum Cove in ...
BETA PHOTO: F. Black Velvet G. Margaritaville J. Best Bitters ...
From: Las Cruces
Dec 22, 2008
On Elervums Cove when doing the (P) Route from the Lost Causes guide, or the route that splits to a 10&11 near the top. Are there chains or anything to rap off of? I know there's that one bolt on the 11. We didnt make it to the top cause we weren't sure if there was a rap down...
By Aaron Hobson
From: Clinton, TN
Dec 23, 2008
I thought I had Charlie's latest topo for Southern Comfort but apparently I don't. Elervum's Cove is the west of the main wall, where the shady oak trees are right? I've jumped on one of those routes, the one in the center of the wall that starts slabby on thin gear, and passes two bolts at a crux that is very slabby. After the crux I stayed left to reach the anchors (bolts and chains, about 30 m to ground) instead of heading right where I recall two bolts climbed over more slabbiness.
By Karl Kiser
Jun 19, 2012
The historic name for the area was The Fin. Kelly put up some good routes there but the area is not named after him.