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L to R R to L Alpha
Air France S 
Armed and Dangerous S 
Big Red Roof T 
Diagonal, The T 
Earwig T 
Fire Cracker S 
Fledgling T 
Hatchling S 
Hawk's Nest T 
La Sombra S 
Left Wing T 
Leisure Sport S 
LF variation S 
Lucid Fairyland S 
Molotov Cocktail S 
Narcolepsy Nightmare S 
Phase Dance S 
Red Wall T 
Spiderman T 
Trunk Monkey T 

Red Wall Rock Climbing 

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Red Wall is the tallest cliff at Socorro Box, about 170' tall. It faces southwest and gets sun from late morning to late afternoon. About 15 climbs are on Red Wall- some are decent moderate sport climbs, and some trad climbs. Many of these stop about halfway up, but a few lines continue all the way up. In general, the 2nd pitches (other than "Big Red Roof") are not worth it; the rock is less good, the climbing easier and most of the 2-pitch climbs require a walk off if you do not have two ropes. The Corner Block, at the left end of Red Wall, hosts 5 more routes too. Despite its height and fun climbing, Red Wall is less popular than some of the other cliffs nearby, perhaps because of incomplete info and that many older climbs require gear to supplement bolts for protection.

As with the rest of the Box, the rock looks suspect but is quite solid.

Getting There 

This is the big cliff on the East side of the Box Canyon. Hike north from the parking area about 300 yards; you could also park off US-60, which is closer. To get to the base of the climbs, it is easiest to follow the trail up near the Red Wall's left side (near the Corner Block -a 40' boulder with bolted lines on it), rather than going straight up the slope.

Climbs, left to right (with lots of help from Karl Kiser) 

Hatchling (5.8, bolted)
Fledgling (5.8, bolts + gear, anchor shared with Left Wing)
Left Wing (5.9+, bolts + gear)
Air France (5.11c, bolts + gear, optional 5.8 trad 2nd pitch)

These climbs share a 2-bolt anchor, or you can continue to the top of the cliff on the 2nd pitch of Hawk's Nest:
Hawk's Nest (5.7, 5.7, 2 pitches, trad)
Gun Powder (5.10c, trad)
TNT (5.11+, bolted)

Molotov Cocktail (5.11a, bolted, anchor shared with Fire Cracker)
Fire Cracker (5.10, bolted)
Big Red Roof (5.10b, 5.11a, 2 pitches, bolts + gear, start shared with 'Diagonal')

These climbs share a 2-bolt anchor, or you can continue to the top of the cliff on the 2nd pitch of Red Wall:
The Diagonal (5.9R, 2 bolts + gear)
Earwig (5.10-, 2 pitches, 1st pitch: bolts + several pieces, 2nd pitch: 5.7 mixed bolts/gear, same as Red Wall)
Red Wall (5.7, 5.7, bolts + gear, 2 pitches)

Spiderman (5.8, 5.6, 2 pitches, bolts + gear)
Phase Dance (5.11a)
Unknown (5.10, bolts + gear, anchor shared with 'Monkey Business')
Monkey Business (5.11a, bolts + gear)
Narcolepsy Nightmare (5.10, all bolted; also a bolted 2nd pitch prob. not worth doing)
La Sombra (5.9, extension to 5.8 var. of Lucid Fairyland, all bolted)
LF variation (5.8 variation to Lucid Fairyland, all bolted)
Lucid Fairyland (5.10, all bolted)
Leisure Sport (5.8/5.8+, all bolted, short)
Trunk Monkey (5.8, bolts + gear)

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Red Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Red Wall:
Red Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Spiderman   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   
Fire Cracker   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Phase Dance   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 105'   
Molotov Cocktail   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
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Featured Route For Red Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Hufnagel and Bertrand Gramont's topo from 198...

Red Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New Mexico : Socorro Area : ... : Red Wall
Gave this a "Great" rating just for P1. P2 is okay. Can rap from the top of P1 with a 60 meter rope.P1: Start to right of a large shoulder of rock and traverse up and left on little pro to the bottom of the dihedral and a bolt. Continue up the dihedral past another bolt (5.7) and find bolted anchor with chains a little left of the top of the dihedral. 30 meters.P1 var: Make a direct start in a kind of alcove below and slightly left of the dihedral (Photo). This is a hig...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Rock Climbing Photo: Some two-pitch trad / mixed routes on Red Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Some two-pitch trad / mixed routes on Red Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Wall on right
Red Wall on right
Rock Climbing Photo: Left side of Red Wall.  Photo and description by S...
BETA PHOTO: Left side of Red Wall. Photo and description by S...

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By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jan 4, 2010
From the top of the wall, descend by either
  • rap where shown in this Photo; awkward start; two raps with a 60 meter rope will work;
  • walk off including short & easy downclimb at far climber's right of wall.
By Karl Kiser
Jan 29, 2016
The best climbing on Red Wall consists of one pitch climbs. There are a few second pitches but they are generally not worth the time (poorer climbing, choss rock, and descent issues).
By Ken Hamel
From: Bristol, RI
Feb 27, 2017
I walked off climbers right from the top of Red Wall, and down a long/open gully. Easy and brought me right back to my stuff at the base.
I found it challenging to locate the start of climbs, but if you take your time, and enlist Mtn. Project, you can figure it out.

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