Chilly Hueco

Bundled up on the Hueco mega-classic Nobody Here Gets Out Alive

Blake and I made a quick weekend trip to Hueco Tanks right after Christmas.  Located in the Texas desert, Hueco is one of the best winter climbing destinations in the U.S.  However, it’s still a dice roll – I’ve climbed in a t-shirt in January and I’ve also climbed with temps in the teens.  This trip was on the chilly side, with morning temps in the 30’s and afternoon highs in the high 40’s or low 50’s.  35 degrees in the shade on cold rock can be pretty tough – especially if the wind is blowing.  However, we managed to get plenty of climbing done.  Here’s our tick list:


  • Uriah’s Heap (5.8, 2p)
  • Hueco Syndrome (5.10, 2p)
  • Malice in Bucketland (5.9)
  • All the Nasties (5.10)
  • Window Pain (5.10)


  • Head Fox (5.9+)
  • Fox Trot (5.10+)
  • Indecent Exposure (5.9+, 2p)
  • Alice in Banana Land (5.10-)


The weather was overcast, colder, and windy so we decided to skip roped climbing and boulder/explore on North Mountain.  I did a couple of laps on Nobody Here Gets Out Alive, which is considered one of the best V2 problems in the world.  I also worked Lobster Claw, a V5 problem that has eluded me for a while.  I came very close to sending but was tired from the previous two days.

All in all, a fun trip but I’m looking forward to spring weather!


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