Lee Downey on the Organ Needle Summit, photo by Lee Davis

Lee Downey on the Organ Needle Summit, photo by Lee Davis

“Climbing in the Organs is rather different from other mountains in New Mexico. It is necessary to carry water. One must learn to avoid the ever-present cactus, thornbush, and yucca, and climbers frequently clap hands to induce rattlesnakes to rattle so that they may be avoided. Loose rock hazard is present on most routes except in the Rabbit Ears, which have excellent solid rock. Once climbers have become used to these hazards which the Organs present, they seem to be drawn back irresistibly to this fascinating array of needles, towers, walls, and buttresses.” – Herbert E. Ungnade, “Guide to the New Mexico Mountains”

 

This blog will document, archive, preserve and encourage rock climbing in the Organ Mountains and Southwestern United States. Included in this blog will be copies of summit registers, information about routes, stories and pictures from the Organ Mountains. Please contact if you have anything to add.

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