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Pogue's Cave Area

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Houkah S 
Jeremy Fisher S 
Labour of Love S 
Merlins Mantra S 
Never Never Land S 
Now and Zen S 
Ooey Gooey S 
Party Pogues S 
Pogue's Arete S 
Prima Donna S 
Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, The S 
Tweedle Dee S 
Tweedle Dum S 
Unknown S 

Pogue's Cave Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 34.23284, -107.91784 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Feb 15, 2006

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This area gets it's name from a sort of slot cave in the middle of the wall. It is probably the biggest section of unbroken, climbable wall, and features a pretty full collection of routes. Most of the routes are vertical to overhanging and feature big pockets that will pump you silly. The area is popular, but usually easy to work in and around other climber groups. Lots of fun climbing here!

Getting There 

Pogues Cave is on the left end of the main Enchanted Tower area, opposite the Tower. Approach is easy up the hill from the road via trail. Approximately five steep minutes.


Routes as from right to left:

Blessed and Blissed, 5.12a
Merlins Mantra, 5.11a
Ooey Gooey, 5.11a
Prima Donna, 5.10b
Party Pogues, 5.11 (Rating depends on the book)
Pogue's Arete, 5.11b
Jeremy Fisher, 5.10d
The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, 5.11a
Buzz Lightyear, 5.11c
Labour of Love, 5.11a/b
Unknown, 5.10b
Never Never Land, 5.12a/b
Houkah, 5.11d
Tweedle Dee, 5.11c
Funk Shui, 5.11b
Tweedle Dum, 5.11a
Now and Zen, 5.10c

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pogue's Cave Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pogue's Cave Area:
Prima Donna   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
Jeremy Fisher   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Ooey Gooey   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   
The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   
Pogue's Arete   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
POGy WOG   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 45'   
Blessed and Blissed   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   
Never Never Land   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Walt getting some Pogue's Arete action. October 20...

Pogue's Arete 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  New Mexico : Enchanted Tower : Pogue's Cave Area
Beginning upside-down inside the cave, Pogue's Arete climbs the ceiling for four bolts before turning the roof and continuing up on easier ground for another 15 feet. Monstro jugs make this bucket-haul more of a test of forearm endurance than power. Pulling the roof seems to be the crux, but being that you're out over the opening of the cave, the falls are super clean, so just go for it! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By emmet
Oct 23, 2010
Pogues Arete (12a) FA: Jeff Jackson, Todd ______ (from Dallas)
Party Pogues (12a) FA: Jackson and company
Pogue (11+) This is a link up of Pogues Arete and Pary Pogues.

(from Samet/Jett)

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