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Tecolote Cave  


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Description 

The Tecolote Cave is like any other typical limestone cave except for the abundance of tufas, stalactites, tunnels, and other weird features. There are a few vertical climbs on the edges of the cave, but the most striking lines are the steep ones. Grades range from 5.10 to 5.14.

Getting There 

Follow the 4WD road past the Animas Wall until it drops down and rejoins the wash. From here continue for another 5 or 10 minutes and the cave will be obvious high up on the hillside to the right, somewhat obscured by trees. Just before coming directly below the cave, an obvious, well-traveled trail heads steeply up the hillside. All in all itís probably 20-30 minutes from the Animas Wall. Expect direct sun even in the winter.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.3 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=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 Tecolote Cave:
Culo De Merlin   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Nosferatus   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Milking the kneebar rest after the super steep low...

Nosferatus 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  North America : Mexico : ... : Tecolote Cave
This is a killer route with steep moves from tufa to tufa to a final big move at the top before the anchor. Good use of drop knees, kneebars and heel hooks will make this route pretty reasonable. If you don't use these techniques then your in for a massive pump and probably some air time....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Chaz Ott climbing the steeps in the center of the ...
Chaz Ott climbing the steeps in the center of the ...
Boinking to get back on a route in the Tecolote Ca...
Boinking to get back on a route in the Tecolote Ca...
Looking right from in front of the main cave towar...
Looking right from in front of the main cave towar...

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By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 25, 2012
I am blown away that this cave only has a few routes listed here on mountain project. This cave is way larger than you would expect with loads of routes that are not listed. Currently(March 2012), there is a topo in the center of the cave laying on the big flat rock near the back. The little blip states on moutainproject states that there are routes here ranging from 5.10 to 5.14 which is a bit misleading. There is one 5.10d called Culo de Merlin(or something like that), a few routes in the 12a range in the lower cave and then mostly 5.13 for everything else. All of the routes in the main cave are super sick and severely overhanging on the craziest features. Be sure to check out La Violencia(13a) which has a violent horizontal dyno to a big stalagtite hanging down in the ceiling, Tecolote(13a)which is gymnastics roof climbing at it's best, and Huiratica(13b)which is steep, long enduro climbing on awesome features. There are also quite a few 13+'s and a few 5.14's with more development surely coming over the next few years. Overall, this crag is sick and you will not be dissapointed. If climbing on steep rock and the wildest features is your thing then the Tecolote Cave is the place for you. Enjoy!!!!