BETA PHOTO: Routes on Sugar Bowl. Photo Ian Harris.
The wall is about 300 feet tall at the highest point, about 500 feet or so wide. It faces basically north, with a sort of a bowl shape in its center. The rock varies from quite solid to somewhat fractured to really fractured. It's called the Sugar Bowl not because it's sweet, but because much of it looks like a bowl of sugar cubes. Loose.
The angle of the rock is quite variable. There are some easy slabs to the left of the bowl, some overhangs, some stretches of steep ground, but the most common terrain is steep but still somewhat slabby. There do appear to be some really fine, even if not especially long, cracks. The area provides good summer climbing, especially in the morning, but its location in the Dona Ana Mountains means a hot walk back to the car.
Location of area: Behind Checkerboard, left of Windy Woman.
Driving directions: Leave Jornada Road as if heading to Checkerboard. Turn right onto Power Line Road. At the gate, turn left. Turn left again when the road forks. Stop shortly before or at the large boulder. Sugar Bowl will be on your left with about 20 minute approach.
Weather station 10.3 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Sugar Bowl
Anything but Sun 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NM
: Las Cruces Area Climbing
: ... : Sugar Bowl
The route is not new, as evidenced by old rap slings, but I have not been able to learn its name or even find out if it had any. If you do know its original name, please contact me.Pitch 1: (5.7, 110 ft) Go up a straight, left-facing corner to a short but wide ledge on the top of a pillar. Continue up for a short distance, then traverse left below a pair of sotol plants. Once past them, head slightly to the right to a small, but hopefully shady, alcove below a chimney filled with boulders.Pitch ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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BETA PHOTO: From approach early in the morning.