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Rabbit Ears Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Location: 32.3708, -106.5884 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron Hobson on Jan 30, 2008


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BETA PHOTO: Rabbit Ears Slabs as seen from approach.


Another one of the "easily accessible" walls, this wall offers a smattering of decent routes on 1-3 pitch slabby terrain. It's north-west aspect means that there is a chance that it is in the shade longer, and may provide cooler summer climbing.

The bottom is broken up into two-main slab sections, bordered by prominent gullys. After about 200 meters, the cliffs become more broken-up and eventually become 3rd-4th class scrambling up the flank of the Rabbit Ears Massive.

Getting There 

Approach from the Topp Hut rd. Take the trail into Rabbit Ear canyon. The Rabbit Ear Slabs are the first series of large slabs on the right, directly across from Lambda and before The Citadel. A short but thorny bushwhack takes you to the base of the slabs.

Climbing Season

For the Rabbit Ears Area area.

Weather station 10.2 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Rabbit Ears Slabs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rabbit Ears Slabs:
Bucky Blue   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Drew's Groove   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
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Featured Route For Rabbit Ears Slabs
Rock Climbing Photo: Bucky Blue and Bucky's Right Shoulder.

Bucky's Shoulder 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  New Mexico : Organ Mountains : ... : Rabbit Ears Slabs
The route parallels Bucky Blue on the right, joining it only for a very short distance below the large dead tree. (Not at all if the left/corner version of Bucky Blue is considered.)Finding the start: From bottom of Bucky Blue traverse right, but stop short of the next large corner. Bucky's Right Shoulder goes to and past the right end of the prominent roof.Pitch 1 goes straight up a slab to a band of more featured ground surrounding a vertical seam/crack with a couple of small trees growing in ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Rock Climbing Photo: View of the slabs from the bottom of the canyon.
BETA PHOTO: View of the slabs from the bottom of the canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo showing basic lines on Rabbit Ears Slab. Char...
BETA PHOTO: Topo showing basic lines on Rabbit Ears Slab. Char...

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By Aaron Hobson
From: Clinton, TN
Jan 30, 2008
I had originally posted this area as "Barb's Buttress". I think Charlie Cundiff may have called it that and the name stuck in my head. Barb was the wife of one of the old-timer Organ mtn climbers and I thought the formation was named for her because she was often taken to this area. Ingraham's guide describes these slabs in his section on the Rabbit Ears Massif as a good area to train your alpine skills, as it has a forgiving approach (at least by Organ mts standards)

I haven't found any concrete information on these climbs yet, or had the chance to question some of the more experienced locals about this crag, and am posting some routes here without full knowledge of established route-names and ratings (I am simply dubbing the routes for now). Please correct me if you know more about the routes in this area.
By Karl Kiser
Mar 14, 2008
The area downhill from the Citadel Gully to the walk off descent of Bucky Blue is generally known as the Rabbit Ears Slabs. Your reference to Barb relates to her love of this climb not the name of the formation. There are about six climbs in the area absent any new climbs.
By Aaron Hobson
From: Clinton, TN
Mar 14, 2008
Thanks for the clarification Karl. I still think Barb's Buttress has a better ring to it than Rabbit Ears Slabs. Do you have any information on the routes here? I'd love to hear it.
By Aaron Hobson
From: Clinton, TN
May 30, 2010
This wall stayed in the shade until ~10am (Late May). It remained cool until around noon, at which point it was baking hot and not as fun.