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Bat Cave

New Mexico > Truth or Conseq… > Caballo Lake > Bat Cave Area

Description

The main cave itself. The cave starts about 30 feet above the ground and is maybe 100 feet tall capped by a triangular shaped roof as big as 30 feet in places. This is a very spectacular looking cave with great looking rock. Most of the routes are going to be very difficult if they go to the top of the wall. Timmy F, Marc Beverly and John Kear have done the vast majrity of work preparing the routes in the cave. Only a few of the routes have been climbed to low anchors in the 5.12 range. There are a couple of lines on the left that could be 5.13's and the rest seem as though they will be harder. Please respect the effort that these individuals have put into the cave and give them an opportunity to climb the routes that they have put a lot of effort into.

Getting There

From either parking area (there are trails leading from each parking area that join part way up the hill) follow the trail thru the first rock band, for a short 3rd class section. From here follow the trail up the gully for a short ways until it exits out the left side of the gully. Follow this for several switchbacks up to the base of the Super Hero Wall. Turn left and follow the trail along the base of the cliff to the cave.

Routes

Routes on the Left Side of Cave: (First pitch routes are Marked with bullets)
*Bella Donna 5.9+ / 5.13b
Funkmaster Afro Groove 5.14b/c 6 bolt extension to Bella Donna
*Old Man Direct 5.12
*Hide & Seek(a) 5.11c Starts on Old Man Direct, finishes on Morning Commute
*Old Man and the Sea(ka) 5.12a / 5.13c
*Morning Commute 5.11
*Nate Dog 5.13a, shares start with morning commute, continues straight up at Hueco
Titanaboa 5.13d, extension of Nate Dog
*The Funk 5.13d
The Punk 2nd Pitch, project, currently has project draws on it
*WTF 5.13c Starts just right of the Funk, and joins the Funk for the last 2 bolts.
*Helsinki 5.14d Fixed Draws
*Public Enemy 5.14a, Climbs first 8 bolts of Enemy T, then climbs left into the Helsinki Project. Fixed Draws
*Enemy T 5.14+ Fixed Draws

Routes on the Right Side of Cave: (First pitch routes are Marked with bullets)
*Midget Proof 5.12a, Fixed Draws
Extension of Cave routes 5.13?, This extension can be combined with the last two left side projects and Midget Proof. Fixed Draws
2nd Extension of Cave routes 5.14+? Fixed Draws, goes out the entire cave
Serenity 5.13b/c Climb Midget Proof and continue straight to the anchors of the Technician.
*Midget Proof Direct 5.12d, joins Midget Proof halfway up
* The Technician 5.13b
*OG Mudbone 5.13c Black streak, some fixed draws.
The Dragon Reborn 5.14a
*99 Problems 5.12d
99 Problems but a Pinch isn't One 5.13c
*The Big Flake 5.10d
Jornada Del Muerto 5.12d

Weather

Due to the caves Southern facing aspect good conditions can be tough to come by. In the depths of winter (December, January) when the sun is the lowest in the sky good conditions are difficult. The sun shines into the back of the cave, making it quite hot and shade tough to come by. On cloudy days it can be quite cold to climb. Later in the year (mid February - early May) can have better conditions as the sun is higher creating more shade. Some of the best conditions I have had came in late April.

Routes from Left to Right

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 5
Bella Donna (1st Pitch)
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 6
Bella Donna
Sport
5.14b/c 8c+ 34 XI- 34 E9 7b
 2
Funkmaster Afro Groove
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Old Man Direct
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Hide & Seek(a)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Old Man and The Sea(ka) (1st Pitch)
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 3
Old Man and the Sea (ka)
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 18
Morning Commute
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 9
Nate Dog
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a PG13
 2
Titanaboa
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 2
The Funk
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 2
WTF
Sport
5.14d 9a 35 XI 36 E10 7c
 1
Helsinki
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 2
Public Enemy
Sport
5.14+ 9a 35 XI 35 E10 7b
 1
Enemy T
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 14
Midget Proof
Sport
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 1
Serenity
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 4
Midget Proof Direct
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 3
The Technician
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 1
Mudbone
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 1
The Dragon Reborn
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 4
99 Problems
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 1
99 Problems But a Pinch Ain't One
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
The Big Flake
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 1
Jornada Del Muerto
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bella Donna (1st Pitch)
 5
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Bella Donna
 6
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Funkmaster Afro Groove
 2
5.14b/c 8c+ 34 XI- 34 E9 7b Sport
Old Man Direct
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hide & Seek(a)
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Old Man and The Sea(ka) (1s…
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Old Man and the Sea (ka)
 3
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Morning Commute
 18
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Nate Dog
 9
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Titanaboa
 2
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a PG13 Sport
The Funk
 2
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
WTF
 2
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Helsinki
 1
5.14d 9a 35 XI 36 E10 7c Sport
Public Enemy
 2
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
Enemy T
 1
5.14+ 9a 35 XI 35 E10 7b Sport
Midget Proof
 14
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Serenity
 1
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
Midget Proof Direct
 4
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Technician
 3
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Mudbone
 1
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
The Dragon Reborn
 1
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
99 Problems
 4
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
99 Problems But a Pinch Ain…
 1
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
The Big Flake
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Jornada Del Muerto
 1
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport

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BAT CAVE (right) Topo<br>
A- Midget Proof/M.P.Direct(in cave)<br>
B- The Technician (5.13b)<br>
C- MudBone (5.13c)<br>
D- Bronner (5.14a)<br>
E- 99 Problems (5.12d)<br>
F- But a Pinch Isn't One (5.13c)<br>
G- The Big Flake (5.10d)<br>
H- Jornada Del Muerto(5.12d)<br>
<br>
[[Trojan Wall]]http://www.mountainproject.com/v/trojan-wall-right-of-bat-cave/110052447<br>
I - Trojan Horse (5.11+)<br>
J - Little Iliad (5.9)<br>
K- The Iliad (5.10+)<br>
L- The Odyssey (5.12) <br>
M- Stones of Sisyphus (5.10)<br>
N- Midas Touch (5.11-)<br>
[Hide Photo] BAT CAVE (right) Topo A- Midget Proof/M.P.Direct(in cave) B- The Technician (5.13b) C- MudBone (5.13c) D- Bronner (5.14a) E- 99 Problems (5.12d) F- But a Pinch Isn't One (5.13c) G- The B…
BAT CAVE (left) TOPO<br>
A- Bella (5,9+)<br>
B- Bella Donna (5.13b)<br>
C- Old Man (5.12b)<br>
D- Old Man and the Sea(ka) (5.13c)<br>
E- Old Man Direct (5.12)<br>
F- Morning Commute (5.11)<br>
G- Nate Dog (5.13a)<br>
H- The Funk (5.13d)<br>
I- Hanna Project (5.14?)unfinished<br>
J-   Funkmaster Afro Groove (5.14b/c)<br>
K- Helsinki Project (5.15?)undone<br>
L- Enemy "D" (5.14?)"clean" version undone<br>
M- Enemy "T" (5.14+)<br>
N- WTF(WhatTheFunk) 5.13c<br>
O- TitanoBoa (5.13d)
[Hide Photo] BAT CAVE (left) TOPO A- Bella (5,9+) B- Bella Donna (5.13b) C- Old Man (5.12b) D- Old Man and the Sea(ka) (5.13c) E- Old Man Direct (5.12) F- Morning Commute (5.11) G- Nate Dog (5.13a) H- T…
Ben Hanna working HARD! 5.14 -150' <br>
OFF THE DECK! The Helsinki Project Extention The Bat Cave!
[Hide Photo] Ben Hanna working HARD! 5.14 -150' OFF THE DECK! The Helsinki Project Extention The Bat Cave!
Ed Strang after the BIG Dyno <br>
on the 1st/2nd ascent of <br>
MudBone (5.13c)
[Hide Photo] Ed Strang after the BIG Dyno on the 1st/2nd ascent of MudBone (5.13c)
Doug gets a SUNset BURN on <br>
Midget Proof (5.12)
[Hide Photo] Doug gets a SUNset BURN on Midget Proof (5.12)
TALL!!! Cody Roth up high on his 150 foot 5.14 project
[Hide Photo] TALL!!! Cody Roth up high on his 150 foot 5.14 project
Bat Cave Approach
[Hide Photo] Bat Cave Approach
The Cave, the routes here will be hard!  Most of these are still projects, so please respect the route developers.
[Hide Photo] The Cave, the routes here will be hard! Most of these are still projects, so please respect the route developers.
Cody climbing the 5.13 approach pitch into his project
[Hide Photo] Cody climbing the 5.13 approach pitch into his project
Ed Strang working on the unfinished?<br>
OG Mudbone/The Black Streak (5.14?)
[Hide Photo] Ed Strang working on the unfinished? OG Mudbone/The Black Streak (5.14?)