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Solstice Cave

New Mexico > New Mexico, oth… > Last Chance Canyon
Access Issue: Climbing is currently allowed in Last Chance Canyon. Continued access is everyones responsibility. Details

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.

Routes from Left to Right

5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 2
Flamer
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 5
Infernal Justice
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 0
Straight Into Frantic Oblivion
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 10
It Put's the Buff On
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 1
It Knocks Your Socks Off
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13
 10
Total Eclipse
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 2
Solstice
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 7
Essence of Darkness
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
Eternal Sunshine
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
Scorcher
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Hot Tamale
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Fireball
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 4
Hail Mary
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 3
Hail Bop
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flamer
 2
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Infernal Justice
 5
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Straight Into Frantic Oblivion
 0
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
It Put's the Buff On
 10
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
It Knocks Your Socks Off
 1
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Total Eclipse
 10
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13 Sport
Solstice
 2
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Essence of Darkness
 7
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Eternal Sunshine
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Scorcher
 11
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Hot Tamale
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Fireball
 12
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hail Mary
 4
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Hail Bop
 3
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport

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The right half of the Solstice Cave.  There are some new lines and lots of silly linkups since this topo was drawn.<br>
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Note that the routes with a "?" did not have confirmed grades at the time this was created.  Expect those lines to be anywhere from 2-4 letter grades over-rated, as was the case with the routes in the cave that I climbed.  Routes without "?"'s are "confirmed" at that grade, but don't expect them to match what you see on KW's 8a.nu scorecard.
[Hide Photo] The right half of the Solstice Cave. There are some new lines and lots of silly linkups since this topo was drawn. Note that the routes with a "?" did not have confirmed grades at the time this…
View from inside of Solstice cave
[Hide Photo] View from inside of Solstice cave
Eternal Sunshine at sundown, 5.12a
[Hide Photo] Eternal Sunshine at sundown, 5.12a
The left half of the Solstice Cave.  There are some new lines and lots of silly linkups since this topo was drawn. See this [[107040917]] for route names and descriptions.
[Hide Photo] The left half of the Solstice Cave. There are some new lines and lots of silly linkups since this topo was drawn. See this The right half of the Solstice Cave. There are so…
Afternoon sun at Solstice
[Hide Photo] Afternoon sun at Solstice
High traffic in the Solstice Cave - Nov. 2016.<br>
In all truth we saw two other groups all weekend.
[Hide Photo] High traffic in the Solstice Cave - Nov. 2016. In all truth we saw two other groups all weekend.
This pic shows the location of the  Solstice Cave, from near the Parking Lot.  Note that new route development in the cave requires NFS approval.
[Hide Photo] This pic shows the location of the Solstice Cave, from near the Parking Lot. Note that new route development in the cave requires NFS approval.