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A-Frame, The T 
Arrowhead, The T 
Bad Moon Rising T 
Bat Dog T 
Birthday Crack T 
Bush Doctor T 
Bush Pilot T 
Carpa Manana T 
Crack From Hell, The T 
Crack Head T,TR 
Crazy Cams T,TR 
Dog Day T,TR 
Double D Left T 
DoubleD Right T 
Driven to Climbs T 
Duke in a Bucket T 
Endless Summer T,TR 
Get Your Mojo Running T 
Gift of Aliens T 
Great Roof Left T,TR 
Great Roof Right T 
Jam Your Blues Away T,TR 
Lackawanna T 
March Madness T 
Miami Vice T 
Motengator T 
Optimator, The T 
Oral Sex in the Whitehouse T 
Pete's Downclimb T 
Pocket Rocket, The T 
Primodelic T 
Raised by Wolves T 
Resurrection Link Up T 
Right on Raton T 
S&M Crack T 
Salt Mother T,TR 
Sangre Verde S,TR 
Saphire Crack T 
Soma Holiday T 
Son of Motengator T 
Spoticus T 
Sweet and Sour T 
Taos Lightning T,TR 
Type O T,S 
Up Your Arete T,TR 
Wounded Knee T 
Yo Mamma T 

Little Horse Mesa Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Karl K on Jun 18, 2008
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47 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Little Horse Mesa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Little Horse Mesa:
Pete's Downclimb   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Salt Mother   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Crack Head   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 50'   
Right on Raton   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Up Your Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Great Roof Left   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 50'   
Endless Summer   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Jam Your Blues Away   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 45'   
Sangre Verde   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 50'   
Taos Lightning   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 45'   
S&M Crack   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The obvious crack in the center of the photo is S&...

S&M Crack 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  New Mexico : New Mexico, other Northern ... : ... : Little Horse Mesa
S&M Crack is one of three routes at Sugarite dubbed as "megaclassics" by Dennis Jackson in his "Rock Climbing New Mexico" book. At 75 feet in length it is also the longest route at Sugarite. Start off some blocks at the base following some broken flakes and finger crack from protection up to a large roof/bulge. Pull up and around the roof via some committing laybacking to the hand crack above. If you're pumped like I was, a large ledge just off to the left about half way up the route offers a...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Karl K
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jun 18, 2008
Ratings here seem a little soft, but not too bad. Climbs often have good stances for placing pro.
By Bill Howard
From: Boise, ID
Aug 15, 2015
Fun area with great rock. It seems to better in the early morning and afternoon (after 2p); the sun is pretty intense this time of year - probably stellar in the winter. All but one of the climbs are really short; around 50 feet. The trail to the base is difficult to see, but getting to the are from the top is easy. A 30-35m gym rope will suffice if you don't want to carry the extra weight, especially if you are soloing.
By amyblazintoes
Nov 7, 2015
Road to camp ground closed early this year despite lack of snow so will add 2+ miles of hiking. The bushwhack to the base is rough through thick bushes then a boulder field. Option to hike to the top of the mesa and rappel down. Lots to explore here. Good alternative to Shelf Road in CO to escape crowds and chalked up routes.
By rain cloud
From: the abyss (kansas)
Nov 20, 2016
Karl, maybe the routes in the lower grades could be considered soft, but most of the harder routes are right on to a bit old school. There's a definite style to sugarite basalt, and leading even on the short cliffs can stil check your head. I always use alot of passive pro here. One could probably find some trad FAs if you took some tri cams and ballnuts.

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