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The Heater Rock Climbing 

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As the name suggests, this sun-soaked crag is a great place to enjoy moderate lines on a cold day. If the sun is out, this is shirts off territory, even when snow and ice is present across the canyon. All of the routes here are moderate and short. The rock quality is very good. The lines are a bit squeezed, but with so little good rock on this side of the canyon, its understandable.

Getting There 

The Heater is directly across the canyon from the Hueco Cave, on the north side of the streambed. This is the furthest east crag before the canyon bends to the north.

To approach, hike down the canyon bottom on a good cattle track. Once you are below the cliff a good trail leads up the short hillside to the cliff.

Climbing Season

For the Last Chance Canyon area.

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Scott stems up into the dihedral/corner section.

Sweat Arete 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : ... : The Heater
Boulder problem at the start, can vary the difficulty of this route. The left option is less obvious, working on small pockets up onto the arete. The right option is more powerful and overhung, but pretty straigh forward. The second bolt has a nice hold just above it. Pull a move or two and you find yourself in a left facing corner that crusises 5.6 climbing to the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Hank Legan
From: Austin, Texas
Feb 29, 2016
Excellent wall. Most fun 5.10s I've climbed yet. Don't expect to climb these from March-November though. Highs were only in the mid 60s while we were there but with the full sun exposure these routes got really, really hot.
By Luke Bertelsen
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 21, 2016
This is an excellent "warm-up" wall in multiple ways. Plan on climbing here with a lack of layers and sunscreen handy, and I'd bet you'll be able to see climbers across the way at Mad Cow/ Hueco Cave in the shade wearing hats and puffy jackets.

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