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Dead Cholla Wall

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Back to the Creek T,S 
Blind Faith S S 
Connected T 
Doc's Dangle S 
Drift Away T,S 
Either Or S 
Esmerelda S 
Festival sin Peliculas T 
Fun S 
Fun in the Sun S 
Games S 
Jam Time T 
Lava Flows S 
Leave It To Bob T,S 
Liquid Skin T,S 
Nice T,S 
One for the Book T 
Open Season T 
Re-Connected T,S 
Somebody Loaned Me a Bosch S 
Special Ed S 
Twisted Feet S 
Unnamed 5.8 T 
Waiting for the Sun S 

Dead Cholla Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.3558, -105.733 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Mike Howard, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Mike Howard on Oct 4, 2006

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Lots of sun early as the crag faces East. Plenty of shade later. It can get a little chilly on nights in the winter. Most of the routes have chains at the top which can be reached to set up top ropes. Many fantastic lines are on this quality wall. A great mix of splitters and sport climbs as well. Almost all the routes are in the 10-12 range.

Getting There 

From the south side of town, drive south on 68 to Pilar, please watch your speed in town. Turn north west at Pilar toward the campgrounds of Orilla Verde Recreation area and drive over the bridge across the Rio Grande and up the other side of the gorge. Once you hit the paved road, take your 1st right that will take you over to the trailhead to park. Then hike down about 300 yards and you will be over the top of the crag.

From the North side of town, take 64 toward Tres Piedras. Just after you cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and the rest area on the left, take your first left, past the community well building. This road used to be a washboard of tooth-rattling madness (now paved). This road ens at a stop sign, turn left toward the gorge. Then continue south and look to the left for the turn off to the trailhead, there is a sign for Dead Cholla under the BLM sign. If the pavement ends, just turn around and take your first right. The parking area can be seen for the sat shot.

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Climbs (Left to Right) 

Where are the Bolts 5.11a (trad)
Kissing Fish 5.9 (trad)
Jam Time 5.10b (trad) 5.11c (mixed bolts+gear)
Blind Faith 5.10+ (sport)
Queso's Delight 5.12- (trad)
Lava Flows 5.11a (sport)
Open Season 5.10c (mixed bolts+gear)
Cholla Backstep 5.11 (trad)
Hageemoto 5.11+ (sport)
Merge Left 5.11 (sport)
Gorge Yourself 5.10+ (mixed bolts+gear)
Just Arose 5.11 (sport)
After the Pillar Came Down 5.10b/c (trad)
Toxic Socks 5.12- (sport)
Special Ed 5.11+ (sport)
Drift Away 5.11a (mixed bolts+gear)
Fun 5.7 (mixed bolts+gear)
Games 5.10+ (sport)
One for the Book 5.9 (trad)
Corrida del Norte 5.11 (sport)
Back to the Creek 5.11a/b (mixed bolts+gear)
Liquid Skin 5.12a (mixed bolts+gear)
No Lines 5.10+ (mixed bolts+gear)
No Waiting 5.11 (sport)
Connected 5.9 (mixed bolts+gear)
Re-Connected 5.12- (mixed bolts+gear)
Festival sin Peliculas 5.10+ (trad)
Twisted Feet 5.11a (sport)
Waiting for the Sun 5.11a (sport)
Doc's Dangle 5.10b/c (sport)
Somebody Loaned Me a Bosch 5.11a (sport)
Nice 5.9+ (mixed bolts+gear)
Either Or 5.11 (sport)
Unnamed 5.8 (trad)
Esmerelda 5.11 (sport)
Leave It To Bob 5.12a/b (mixed bolts+gear)

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.8 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dead Cholla Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dead Cholla Wall:
Fun   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   
Fun in the Sun   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Jam Time   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Twisted Feet   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lava Flows   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 65'   
Esmerelda   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 70'   
Special Ed   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   
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Twisted Feet 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  New Mexico : Taos Area : Dead Cholla Wall
Mindtwisting stemming up an interesting right-facing dihedral with fun moves the whole way. Sustained in its technical difficulty. Opinions may vary on where the crux is: at the 2nd bolt, or maybe committing moves at the top? More of a mental puzzle than anything else, but quite fun....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Aug 15, 2012
Had three different peaceful, but short afternoon sessions out here and never saw a soul. What a great crag with such gorgeous views and such an unbelievably nice approach, from the short drive to the short walk. Will be great to get back here and get on some of the nice lines that I missed. Fun, short, and thoughtful climbing. Cool to see that there's this whole canyon full of relatively undeveloped basalt all within striking distance!

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