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5.13a, Sport, 55 ft,
Avg: 2.6 from 10 votes
FA: Bolted by Nate Bancroft, FA Brandi Proffitt
New Mexico > Truth or Conseq… > Caballo Lake > Bat Cave Area > Bat Cave
Start up Morning Commute till you can reach right to the huge juggy hole, head up, big moves on incut crimpers to a cool rock over sequence that puts you a few moves form the anchor
all fixed bolts
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Natalie approaches the crux Nate Dog (5.13a)
Super fun crimpy and technical climb!
Entering the crux boulder near the end of the route
Nearing the end of the route Nate Dog (5.13a)
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The FA of this route was done several years ago by Brandi Proffitt. It was bolted by Nate Bancroft and given the name "Nate Dog" it's been repeated several times by myself and others. I believe she suggested a grade of 12.d
May 1, 2013
@Scott. I've no doubt that you're all capable of climbing this line, and assessing it as 12d. However, in Kinchen's defense, this line was the only line sans fixed quickdraws, on that stretch of wall. It didn't have any tick marks, chalk or booty rubber on it; and Kinchen cleaned a fair bit of veneer and dirt off, prior to climbing it. Based on the state it was in, and the amount of tick marks and high impact left on even the undone lines in the cave; it's hard to believe this line was climbed by at least four people prior to Kinchen's ascent. But, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Just to confirm we're talking about the same line, it's the route covered in unnecessary hideous green sika minus the botched 1995 era spray paint job that was applied on the majority of the other glue enhanced lines? If there are any other lines that you believe were done that aren't in the MP data base, it might be wise to add them to avoid confusion. Keep in mind, "Enemy D" is no longer what it was, as all the glue enhancement has been removed. It's for all tense and purposes a new undone project. Whether, it's deserving of a new name when someone re-sends it, is perhaps a gray area (no pun intended).
May 3, 2013
Before you and your crew post FA information on lines you didnt bolt you should establish contact with the people who did the bolting seems like that would be the professional/responsible way to handle this situation as I dont believe first ascentionists have any responsibility to post their ascents on any website to prevent their FAs from being claimed by other parties. Maybe its time for an unbiased administrator to step in?
May 3, 2013
@dvanhorn, in my defense the only thing I've ever personally added to the data base, is my ascent of FMAG, which I bolted the upper portion of. All I'm saying is, considering ambiguity surrounding the line we're discussing, it's easy to see how a psyched youngster could walk away thinking they'd done a first ascent. In spite of that ambiguity, climbing is an honor sport, and there's no reason to doubt Brandi capable of doing the first ascent. I think the name should be changed to Nate Dog, in the MP database. There has been sporadic contact with those who did the bolting, previous to what we've added. However, it has been frustrating and confusing to get verbal face to face confirmation on things being undone, as was the case with, "Old Man and the Sea (ka)", only to have the contrary be said once it's been added to the data base.
May 3, 2013
Las Cruces, NM
We broke a hold at the beginning of the route before the big hueco jug! The hold set us up for such a sweet move, a low side-pull crimp with the left hand and a small insecure crimp with the right. After that, I pop up to the large heuco. The left handed side pull crimp blew off the wall :(.... Now, I start at the side pull holds of Morning Commute and make a big dead point to the hueco. Still a great line, but I miss the beginning sequence!
Apr 13, 2018