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The Cwm lies just north of North Rabbit Ear, and in fact could have been a sub-peak of NRE if not for the deep gash that separates them. From Rabbit Ears Canyon, The Cwm appears to be a cylinder of rock from which the top has been cut off at an angle. Indeed from the summit plane, it still appears so. The rock is mostly good to excellent with a few chossy spots. But it is seldom climbed, so loose rocks are possible, as is lichen and other vegetation.
The Cwm can be approached from either the west or east. From the West, ascend Rabbit Ears Canyon, leave the canyon in one of a number of gulleys that lead up towards either the Cwm/Last Peak saddle or the NRE/Cwm saddle. Alternatively, you could traverse over from the base of NRE. From the East (Aguirre Springs), start on the Baylor Pass Trail, and leave the trail aiming for the gully that descends from the Cwm/Last Peak saddle. You can try the ridges in this area, but the gulley's seem to provide easier passage. Also note that depending on your exact route, you may find it necessary to cross from gulley to gulley (keep an eye on which gulley you're in as you ascend). The gulleys in this area are mostly swept clear of thick brush by runoff (don't be here in a downpour!), but you will encounter wild grape and some apache plume etc. to impede your progress (not bad by Organ Mountain standards).
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West Ridge 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a NM : Organ Mountains : ... : The Cwm
The route starts at a huge Juniper tree at the base of the west ridge of The Cwm. Ingraham calls it "hard 4th class", but based on my experience with Ihgraham guide ratings in the Organs, that could mean anything less than 5.6 by today's standards. I called it 5.5. It can be done in fewer than 4 pitches with some scrambling at the top, but due to the meandering nature of the route, rope drag might be an issue. There are also harder variations (one in particular appealing variation climbs as ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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