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Flea Protein 
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Shady Side Rock Climbing 

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The shady side (North facing) of La Cueva offers many challenging trad leads and is the best place to be during hot days, which is most of the time down here. Fortunately, the shady side has more routes than the sunny side.

Getting There 

Follow the trail from La Cueva picnic area.

Climbing Season

For the La Cueva area.

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Shady Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shady Side:
Bolted Chimney   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 75'   
Back-Scratcher   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 60'   
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Featured Route For Shady Side
Rock Climbing Photo: Monoculture alcove showing Torpedo,  Uncle Wriggly...

Monoculture 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  New Mexico : Organ Mountains : ... : Shady Side
This top-rope climb is located on the shady north side of Cueva, near the eastern end of the formation. It climbs up a broad black water-streak.The 2-bolt anchor is located on a broad ledge which can be reached by climbing up one of the crack systems just to the right, or by scrambling up the low-angle slab further to the east to gain the ledge system. The climb consists of thin face climbing on crimpers and tiny finger pockets. The crux is located 15ft off the ground, but the entire climb is pr...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Organs seen from the Shady Side at Sunset. The...
The Organs seen from the Shady Side at Sunset. The...
Rock Climbing Photo: Shady Side from 4x4 road
BETA PHOTO: Shady Side from 4x4 road
Rock Climbing Photo: The middle section of the shady side.
BETA PHOTO: The middle section of the shady side.

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