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Elevation: 6,723 ft
GPS: 33.33485, -105.66881
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Shared By: Andrew Ellis on Apr 19, 2018
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Ruidoso is a somewhat idyllic southwestern mountain town often visited by what can seem like all of west Texas during holidays and summer months. The cooler temperatures make for a nice escape from the area desert crags when the temperatures climb. There is no capstone climbing area, but rather a collection of smaller crags and bouldering spots. Many of these are in development by a tenacious and dedicated local crew, and many have simply been rediscovered. More beta will be added to these pages as I can get photos and routes are established/named.

See the sub sections for more information on the different crag locations and routes/problems.

If you have information on old beta, we would love to hear it so we can update info and give credit where credit is due.

Getting There Suggest change

Several sub areas within roughly an hour of downtown Ruidoso, NM. Ruidoso is two hours east of Socorro, or one hour northeast of Alamogordo. See the sub areas for guidance on locating the crags.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ruidoso Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 4
Shag Carpet
Boulder
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Pocket Rocket
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Lame Duck
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
New She-riffs In Town
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Necessary Trouble
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Smear Tactics
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
The Long Way Up
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Todd Skinner Route
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Heart Of The Mountain
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
First Date
Sport, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 5
Good Trouble
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shag Carpet Alto Lake Boulders > Plan B Boulder
 4
V3 6A Boulder
Pocket Rocket Capitan Gap
 7
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Lame Duck Monjeau Peak > W Faces > Lower Deck
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
New She-riffs In Town Capitan Gap
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Necessary Trouble Monjeau Peak > W Faces > Upper Deck
 6
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Smear Tactics Monjeau Peak > W Faces > Lower Deck
 6
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Long Way Up Capitan Gap
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Todd Skinner Route S Fork
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Heart Of The Mountain Monjeau Peak > Heart Of The Mountain
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
First Date S Fork
 6
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Good Trouble Monjeau Peak > W Faces > Upper Deck
 5
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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