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1. Bat Cave

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Palm Reader S 
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Subaru Nation S 
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1. Bat Cave Rock Climbing 

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This is the obvious spill-off area which has formed a large amphitheater. Overhanging sport climbs on positive holds is the standard here. At first glance, I thought it was loose choss, but it is surprisingly good basalt. This is a very beautiful spot, please respect it and tread lightly. STICK CLIP IS A MUST! All routes require a pre-cliped first bolt and Consider a Helmet.

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  • (10) Guillotine (chopped)

Getting There 

See Vista Verde or Taos Rock: Climbs and Boulders of Northern New Mexico by Jay Foley. Publisher: Sharp End Publishing, 2005

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.5 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 1. Bat Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 1. Bat Cave:
Holeistic Healing   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   
Subaru Nation   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
Rifle-esque (Chaturanga)   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Crystal Therapy   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Path to Enlightenment   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 45'   
Fang Shui   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin starting the upper crux of Dark Night

Dark Night 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b  New Mexico : Taos Area : ... : 1. Bat Cave
start on a giant teetering rock stack…. depending on how tall you are or how many rocks are added to this stack this can be the crux of the route. the lower you start the harder it is! I think 13a if you start on bottom of the side pull and 12c if you can reach all the way to the first set of crimps. After start move left and continue up to horizontal roof. Fun moves on good rock! Holds are much less abrasive than most Bat Cave routes. Better to stick clip second bolt if working on first moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Rock Climbing Photo: Start to Path of enlightenment
Start to Path of enlightenment
Rock Climbing Photo: Jay Foley workin' for the FA of Letting Go.Photo:B...
Jay Foley workin' for the FA of Letting Go.Photo:B...
Rock Climbing Photo: Augie Schroeder on Fang Shui
Augie Schroeder on Fang Shui
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin Ormerod floats the FA of Chaturanga.FoleyPho...
Kevin Ormerod floats the FA of Chaturanga.FoleyPho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim Naylor's original route guide/topo  Image cour...
Tim Naylor's original route guide/topo Image cour...
Rock Climbing Photo: Water streaks at base of bat cave.  Image courtesy...
Water streaks at base of bat cave. Image courtesy...
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By tim naylor
Aug 22, 2007
stick clip recommended for this area, even essential! large sharp holds on choss but very fun climbing. most put up on lead so please excuse bolt placements. lots of work to clean and bolt these climbs. wear a helmet. grades very subjective due to limited ascents, please feel free to comment
By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
Nov 5, 2007
I pulled one hold and literally felt another crumble in my hand, so it is highly advisable to wear a helmet and have your belayer in location free from possible debris. I realize that this is a newish area and New Mexico does not see a lot of traffic but between here and Utopian Vista I pulled three holds (btw I weigh 150lbs so it isn't like I'm some monster of a human). If these two areas see some traffic and clean up some they will be great. I really like the movement that this rock yields.

All you Greenies should Head on down South to New Mexico for some clipie, clipie, and of course Green Chile at Orlando's.
By tim naylor
Jun 12, 2009
it is very easy to get off route in the b.c. not much chalk yet, lots of holds, and only a few ascents so different sizes and styles will use untested holds. They will probably get downgraded as they clean up, some feel lots easier already. Just pretend you are alpine climbing and enjoy the adventure.
By Heath Bailey
Aug 20, 2013
I've come to really enjoy this area for its steep gymnastic movement. And it has cleaned up nicely. Does anyone have route info. for the bouldery steep routes through the drippy calcite stripes on the left side of the cave? The two routes lie between Rifle-esque (Chaturanga) and Fang Shui. The left has two chains through the steeps and the right, one. I can't speak for the left route as I haven't been on it at this point but the right route seems in the 12+/13a range. Both appear to be great additions to this stellar crag.
By djkyote
Aug 20, 2013
^ FAs of both routes: JFoley. I think both were decided to be about 12c/d with very beta intensive cruxes. Glad you like the upgrades of chain and further cleaning we did last spring.
By tim naylor
Aug 23, 2013
glad you like it, feel free to fix or change anything there, people do. (99% for the better) It would be great if some of the sharp jug holds were comfortized, we were starting to but got accused of chiseling before we even started. Why would we chisel massive jugs? Thanks for the appreciation of a pretty unique place. ( I really need to edit a lot better the first time.)
By Jfoley
Dec 23, 2013
Heath, the two new routes are Dark Night and H3. I just posted them to the Bat Cave section.

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