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Routes in Red Wall

Air France S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Armed and Dangerous S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Big Red Roof T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Diagonal, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Earwig T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fire Cracker S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fledgling T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hatchling S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hawk's Nest T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
LF variation S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
La Sombra S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Wing T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Leisure Sport S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lucid Fairyland S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Molotov Cocktail S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Narcolepsy Nightmare S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Phase Dance S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Red Wall T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Spiderman T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
TNT S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Trunk Monkey T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elevation: 5,503 ft
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Shared By: George Perkins on Jan 25, 2008
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Description

Red Wall is the tallest cliff at Socorro Box, about 170' tall. It faces southwest and gets sun from late morning to late afternoon. About 15 climbs are on Red Wall- some are decent moderate sport climbs, and some trad climbs. Many of these stop about halfway up, but a few lines continue all the way up. In general, the 2nd pitches (other than "Big Red Roof") are not worth it; the rock is less good, the climbing easier and most of the 2-pitch climbs require a walk off if you do not have two ropes. The Corner Block, at the left end of Red Wall, hosts 5 more routes too. Despite its height and fun climbing, Red Wall is less popular than some of the other cliffs nearby, perhaps because of incomplete info and that many older climbs require gear to supplement bolts for protection.

As with the rest of the Box, the rock looks suspect but is quite solid.

Getting There

This is the big cliff on the East side of the Box Canyon. Hike north from the parking area about 300 yards; you could also park off US-60, which is closer. To get to the base of the climbs, it is easiest to follow the trail up near the Red Wall's left side (near the Corner Block -a 40' boulder with bolted lines on it), rather than going straight up the slope.

Climbs, left to right (with lots of help from Karl Kiser)

Hatchling (5.8, bolted)
Fledgling (5.8, bolts + gear, anchor shared with Left Wing)
Left Wing (5.9+, bolts + gear)
Air France (5.11c, bolts + gear, optional 5.8 trad 2nd pitch)

These climbs share a 2-bolt anchor, or you can continue to the top of the cliff on the 2nd pitch of Hawk's Nest:
Hawk's Nest (5.7, 5.7, 2 pitches, trad)
Gun Powder (5.10c, trad)
TNT (5.11+, bolted)

Molotov Cocktail (5.11a, bolted, anchor shared with Fire Cracker)
Fire Cracker (5.10, bolted)
Big Red Roof (5.10b, 5.11a, 2 pitches, bolts + gear, start shared with 'Diagonal')

These climbs share a 2-bolt anchor, or you can continue to the top of the cliff on the 2nd pitch of Red Wall:
The Diagonal (5.9R, 2 bolts + gear)
Earwig (5.10-, 2 pitches, 1st pitch: bolts + several pieces, 2nd pitch: 5.7 mixed bolts/gear, same as Red Wall)
Red Wall (5.7, 5.7, bolts + gear, 2 pitches)

Spiderman (5.8, 5.6, 2 pitches, bolts + gear)
Phase Dance (5.11a)
Unknown (5.10, bolts + gear, anchor shared with 'Monkey Business')
Monkey Business (5.11a, bolts + gear)
Narcolepsy Nightmare (5.10, all bolted; also a bolted 2nd pitch prob. not worth doing)
La Sombra (5.9, extension to 5.8 var. of Lucid Fairyland, all bolted)
LF variation (5.8 variation to Lucid Fairyland, all bolted)
Lucid Fairyland (5.10, all bolted)
Leisure Sport (5.8/5.8+, all bolted, short)
Trunk Monkey (5.8, bolts + gear)

21 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Red Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Red Wall
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Spiderman
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Trunk Monkey
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fire Cracker
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Narcolepsy Nightmare
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Phase Dance
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Molotov Cocktail
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Red Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Spiderman 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Trunk Monkey 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Fire Cracker 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Narcolepsy Nightmare 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Phase Dance 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Molotov Cocktail 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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Ken Hamel
Bristol, RI
Ken Hamel   Bristol, RI
I walked off climbers right from the top of Red Wall, and down a long/open gully. Easy and brought me right back to my stuff at the base.
I found it challenging to locate the start of climbs, but if you take your time, and enlist Mtn. Project, you can figure it out. Feb 27, 2017
The best climbing on Red Wall consists of one pitch climbs. There are a few second pitches but they are generally not worth the time (poorer climbing, choss rock, and descent issues). Jan 29, 2016
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
From the top of the wall, descend by either
or
  • walk off including short & easy downclimb at far climber's right of wall.
Jan 4, 2010

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