Socorro and The Box

Heading south we more or less stumbled upon The Box near Socorro. Another win for the Mountain Project App!

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With little info we just headed for the sunniest bit of rock, and found ourselves on what we identified as East Wall. We did two routes on crumbly chose – the worst routes of the trip (actually the only two that haven’t been great to Awesome! ) and were about to write the place off as a bad decision and get back on the road.

However the sun had come onto the west facing Red Wall opposite and we decided to give it another chance.

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…like chalk and cheese  (or rock and Weetabix in this case ). Grand day salvaged and topped off with a few beers at the Socorro microbrewery.

We were so impressed we stayed an extra day to explore the South Canyon. This provided even better climbing and some very friendly locals – apparently this is the regular refuge for Albuquerque climbers when it is a bit chilly at home.

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We left a little before sunset to catch the spectacular flocks of migrating cranes at the nearby Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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