Elevation: 5,135 ft
GPS: 32.395, -107.037 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aaron Hobson on Mar 18, 2009
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: COVID-19 New Mexico State Requirements Details

Description

The closest sport climbing area to Las Cruces is found on these inconspicuous volcanic hills about 45 minutes west of Las Cruces. Over 40 routes, mostly but not all sport, can be found here ranging from 5.7 to 5.12. The wall faces east, which makes it suitable for warm weather climbing as it gets shade for most the afternoon. Add to this the fact that it is sheltered from the predominately western winds and you have the makings of Las Cruces' most popular local crag.

The rock is a volcanic tuff and while brittle it provides many pockets as well as a wide variety of other holds. Bees have been less of a problem than in the past but are still around in the spring and early summer. They will be attracted to water if left out (say for a dog), but will otherwise leave you alone.

Coming in from the north, you will first encounter the (A) North End routes, then (B) Jungle Gym Area, (C) Reddi-Wip Area, the (D) Original Area, and finally (E) The Mothership (The Mothership is a separate wall, on the next level up from the main sport wall). The crag is under development, so there might be bolt lines other than those posted on Mountain Project, some finished, some not. In a few cases even finished routes which are fully bolted at the bottom may require trad gear higher up where the climbing moderates. Many of the more technical routes are set up for stick clipping the first, or in few cases the second, bolt.

Getting There

From Las Cruces, take I-10 west. Exit at the Las Cruces airport but immediately get onto the frontage road on the north side of the highway and follow it west until the entrance to Corallitos Ranch is found (County road 09). Follow this paved road for about 11.5 miles, passing the Corralitos ranch. You will pass by an old observatory at a gap in the hills. Just beyond this the road has a series of dips and two large gravel piles can be seen off to the right. Leave the paved road and get onto a dirt track heading to the gravel piles. The dirt track passes the gravel and later dead-ends at a small parking area which is on the west side of some low hills. Park here and follow a trail east towards a gap in the hills. Once you reach the saddle. the cliffs will be visible to your right (south). This is the north end of the Rough and Ready Hills. Allow 10-20 minutes for the approach hike.

Guidebook information

The 2006 edition of Rock Climbing New Mexico, by Dennis Jackson included a short description of this crag. Beta can also sometimes be found at the NMSU climbing wall.

Listing of Routes

Starting from North, as that is the end first encountered, only bolt lines listed (sport or mixed routes). The area is under development, so there are other lines. Sorry about that. If you know of some that need adding or other corrections, please contact me (Marta Reece).

North End Routes
Windy Gap Overlook a soft 5.9, mixed (trad gear needed)
Golden Brangus 5.10c, on the arete, shares anchors with the following two routes. Anchors can be reached by traversing from Don't Have a Cow
Under the Bull 5.9, goes to the right under the roof, then up
Dances with Brangi 5.10a, shares first bolt with Under the Bull, then goes up over the left end of the roof to the same chains
Don't Have a Cow 5.7, everyone's favorite warmup, with (unfortunately) a single chain anchor. The corner to the right is an easy top rope
Scott's Favorite Warm Up Climb 5.10a/b, a long route with an easy 1st half and overhanging crux 2nd half
Deer Leg 5.8, long enough a 60m rope will barely handle the rappel. Watch for loose rocks (especially if if you are somewhat off route)
Southern Fried 5.10d, some distance to the south from the rest with an overhanging finish

Jungle Gym Area
The Spire 5.10a/b, warning: this route is not bolted to the anchors. Bring trad gear.
(An unlisted line of bolts here)
Alchemy 5.11a, a two-pitch sport climb
Spider Monkey 5.11a
Unruly Macaque 5.11c, close to the following two routes
Well-disciplined Monkey 5.11 c/d, shares first three bolts with Unruly Macaque
Riding Rough on Helen Reddy 5.10d, shares anchors with Well-disciplined Monkey

Reddi-Wip Area
Blood, Sweat and Steers 5.9, slabby appearance, crux height dependent, close to following two routes, can be top roped using Try Trad
Excrement Adventure 5.12a PG-13, mixed, line may not be seen at first as it follows a crack and is done on gear low down
Brangus by the Horns 5.11b PG-13, to make a 5.10 route, you can start on Excrement Adventure and finish here
Reddi-Wip 5.10b, classic, harder without stemming off the opposite wall, height dependent, anchors can be reached via easy but dirty chimney
Fingerbang 5.10b, mixed (trad gear needed), shares anchors with Reddi-Wip
Rough Rider 5.11a

Original Area
Born Ready 5.10a, a short distance before the rest of the routes
The Paw 5.11, easy for a ways with a difficult finish, can be a 5.10 if done with gear in the crack to the left, top rope by traversing from First Move
PTSDed 5.12b, overhang in the middle of the nook, can be top roped by traversing from First Move
First Move 5.8, slick at the crux when too much chalk gets on it
Second Move 5.9+, on the arete, shares chains with First Move, best top roped
Halitosis Monkey 5.10 b/c, short, overhanging route, can be top roped by getting to the chains from First Move
Unnamed Arete 5.11d, classic which deserves to be named, sandbagged some with now fewer holds

The Mothership
Lost Alien 5.9, a fun face-to-corner route that can be trad-led or top-roped
Ode to Apollo 5.10d, a long, epic sport route with crux roof
The Big Bang 5.9, a fun corner/crack route that can be trad-led or top-roped

43 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rough and Ready Hills

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Don't Have a Cow
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
First Move
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 39
Deer Leg
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Under the Bull
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
Blood, Sweat and Steers
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 37
Reddi-Wip
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Scott's Favorite Warm Up Climb
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 39
Halitosis Monkey
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Ode to Apollo
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Rough Rider
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
Spider Monkey
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 27
The Paw
Trad, Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 9
Unruly Macaque
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 14
Well-disciplined Monkey
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
Unnamed Arete
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Don't Have a Cow (A) N End routes
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
First Move (D) Original Area
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Deer Leg (A) N End routes
 39
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Under the Bull (A) N End routes
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Blood, Sweat and Steers (C) Reddi-Wip Area
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Reddi-Wip (C) Reddi-Wip Area
 37
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Scott's Favorite Warm Up Climb (A) N End routes
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Halitosis Monkey (D) Original Area
 39
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Ode to Apollo (E) The Mothership
 6
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rough Rider (C) Reddi-Wip Area
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Spider Monkey (B) Jungle Gym Area
 13
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Paw (D) Original Area
 27
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Unruly Macaque (B) Jungle Gym Area
 9
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Well-disciplined Monkey (B) Jungle Gym Area
 14
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Unnamed Arete (D) Original Area
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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