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Sugar Bowl Rock Climbing 

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Location: 32.46448, -106.78313 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Marta Reece on Jun 10, 2015
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The house. We named the ledge at the bottom the f...


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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the Dona Ana Mountains area.

Weather station 10.3 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Sugar Bowl
Rock Climbing Photo: Briana on Pitch 1. Photo climber pat.

Anything but Sun 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New Mexico : 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 New Mexico

Photos of Sugar Bowl Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Routes on Sugar Bowl. Photo Ian Harris.
BETA PHOTO: Routes on Sugar Bowl. Photo Ian Harris.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo of The House on Sugar Bowl.  The House is the...
BETA PHOTO: Topo of The House on Sugar Bowl. The House is the...
Rock Climbing Photo: High noon on summer solstice and still has that mu...
High noon on summer solstice and still has that mu...
Rock Climbing Photo: From approach early in the morning.
BETA PHOTO: From approach early in the morning.

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By Karl Kiser
Dec 29, 2016
Mark Motes and I did a two pitch climb (5.8ish) on the right side of the formation in the mid 1980s. I remember some sort of right facing dihedral and a little crack climbing. Pro was decent.
By climber pat
From: Las Cruces, NM
Dec 29, 2016
Karl, I was hoping you might comment on the history.

I climbed Fire Escape at least 3 times in the 1980s. Ted Dunning and I also climbed something about 5.10 on the south side (far right) in the 1980s too. I suspect all the routes were climbed in that time frame. My map showing Sugarbowl says "New routes going up weekly". I think Matt was involved but not sure. We brought down about 5 pounds of webbing left from rappelling off the Balcony. There was an ancient rappel anchor just below the overhang on Backdoor so somebody backed off that. Back Alley is the only route that might be a FA. There was/is lots of loose flakes on the face near the cracks and no evidence that anyone had been there before; not that there would be any evidence. It is certainly easy enough to have been climbed before.
By Karl Kiser
Dec 30, 2016
It is good you all developed more and posted the area. There is always a need for climbs in the shade. I also think Damian Kessler climbed at the Sugar Bowl (bolt up high somewhere?). Matt Monagle and I worked on Batman Rock a little east and shorter than the Sugar Bowl.

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