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Pecos River Boat Launch Cliffs

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Pecos River Boat Launch Cliffs Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 1,200'
Location: 29.70243, -101.36494 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Graham L on Jan 31, 2017
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Description 

Huge limestone walls (up to 250 feet!) on the remote Pecos River in South West Texas consisting of quality rock. Central Texas climbers began developing this area in the early 1990s and other crags further up river (now defunct). This gorge is sometimes referred to as the Verdon of Texas, but because of the relative remoteness of it, land access issues and lack of enough quality moderate routes, the area never became a well known Texas climbing spot and has now faded into obscurity. Note that because these routes were bolted 20+ years ago, and little if any hardware replacement has been done, climbers should use good judgement before trusting any pro. That being said, the climbing is stellar and the location is stunning. The style of the area tends to be dead vertical to slightly angled slab with some overhanging routes on the harder end of the spectrum. More techy routes and less of the bouldery style typically found in Central Texas. All the crags listed here face North East so they're typically shaded in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. Some routes never see sun though. Great camping can be found 1 mile east of the Hwy 90 bridge at seminole canyon state park.

Getting There 

Approx. 40 miles West of Del Rio. Take a left just before the Hwy 90 high bridge that crosses the Pecos and follow the road until you reach the parking lot for the boat launch. Walk down the road leading down to the boat launch. When you reach a kiosk on your left, it's time to start a short bush whack uphill to your right towards the cliffs. One of the first walls with bolted lines on it is next to the group of concrete retaining pillars build into the cliff above the boat launch. Once you've reached the face of the cliff, head north towards the bridge to access the remaining crags.

Crags listed from Left to Right (Starting at the bridge and working toward the boat launch):
Gecko Wall, Random Wall, Lawless Wall, Slain Buffalo Ledge, Whiskey Wall, Shaman Wall, Metalogic Wall, Dock Wall.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 9.7 miles from here

36 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',12],['5.11',11],['5.12',4],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pecos River Boat Launch Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pecos River Boat Launch Cliffs:
Spike Shabook   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Whiskey Wall
Dancing With Too Many Women   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Lawless Wall
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By Graham L
Feb 1, 2017
As a backup to the access info listed above, here's a screenshot of some email correspondence I had with the NPS back in 2015 concerning climbing access.
Rock Climbing Photo: As a backup to the access info listed above, here&...
As a backup to the access info listed above, here's a screenshot of some email correspondence I had with the NPS back in 2015 concerning climbing access.

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