Socorro Bouldering Guide - Box Canyon - Alf Rig
Named after Alf's Rig, which used to be parked in one of the mining
scars near here. Alf's Rig was an old school bus, which he lived in.
He ran his computers and lights from large solar panels and old car
A visit to Alf in his rig at Alf Rig
Yes, this is the same Alf you've heard about.
Further South down the road from the main Box parking lot, through two
washes, up over the hill, you'll come upon a valley with some red rock
walls. The closest wall is Major wall. Just before Major wall the
road "Y"s. the less-travelled, right-hand two track road goes up the
side of the hill. Follow this road through a gate, and close the gate
behind you. At this point you'll realize that a high-clearance
vehicle is nice here. A few dozen yards further up the hill the road
turns West and branches. Make a sharp right-hand turn here and follow
the road North up until it turns West again and passes a few mining
scars. Park here.
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The Northern side of the hill to the West is your objective. Hike
West and cross the fence, then trend to the right a bit to stay on the
Northern face. You should soon see nice roundy boulders.
American Beauty Boulder
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A tall boulder with a stunning North face, uphill from Slappin' the
Captain and West of the Tortoise. Named after the Grateful Dead
album. Problems on the North face. It was here that I got to hear
the Highway 395 Meth Hos story, from two of the protagonists.
American Beauty Boulder, North face (and KC the spiffy dog).
- Ripple - B1
Start on the big shelf and go up and left the licheny face.
- American Beauty - B2 tall, bad landing
Start on the big shelf and go up, moving right to the arete to top out.
Falls from up high tend to land in the boulder pile to the right,
near the small tree
- The Little Red Crystals in my Kidneys AKA Candyman - B1 tall, bad landing Peck
Sit start on slopeys on the right side of the face. Go straight up.
Slappin' the Captain Boulder
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Just downhill (North) from American Beauty and East of Peck's Traverse.
Slappin' the Captain boulder, North face.
- Slappin' the Captain - B2 V6 (V6-V7) Scott or Nathaniel
Sit start on the right side of the little cave, do slappy moves
left, and then turn the lip and go up the black streak in the bowl.
"I actaully tore a hamstring completetly in half on it, it still is
missing thanks to Dr. 'Quack'. Upon hearing my hamstring break (it
sounded like a very large finger tendon breaking) Nathaniel exclaimed
`That was the loudest sound I have ever heard produced by the human
body, it actually made my ears hurt.`" -Peck (Doctor's name removed
until legal advice sought)
- The Blunt Connection variation - B2 Scott
Do Slappin' the Captain but go up the arete.
- Patting the Robertson - B1 Scott
Sit start as for Slappin' the Captain but go straight up.
Peck's Traverse and Warmup Wall
Just downhill (North) from American Beauty and West of Slappin' the
The Warmup Boulder is just downhill from Slappin' the Captain, and
just to the left (East) of the start to Peck's Traverse. It's a short
North-facing wall with several cool warmups on it. I'll have more
specifics for you all soon, but for now go play on it. Trail of Blood
Boulder is just downhill and Northwest.
Peck's Traverse, lower (right-hand) section.
Peck's Traverse, upper (left-hand) section.
- Peck's Traverse - V1 Peck
Sit Start on the North (downhill) end of the boulder. Do weird
moves left and up until it gets too juggy, then top out.
A few yards West of American Beauty boulder is a funky boulder with
a big pointy overhang on the Northeast corner. There are several
tortoise simulcra on it.
- The Tortoise - V2
On the right side of the North face, sit start and work left.
Go under the pointy corner, turn the lip, and go up the East face.
Sound like Slappin' the Captain? You bet! The similarity
ends there, however, as the holds on this one are much easier to crank.
- Terrapin Station - B1 Scott
Sit start in the little cave on the West face. Go straight up over
the shelf and overhanging face.
Continuing the Dead theme.
- Terrapin Traverse - B1 Scott
Go up the slappy arete.
Funky top out.
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More simulcra. To West and Uphill from The Tortoise and look for a
lightbulb-shaped feature on a boulder. This is The Lightbulb Boulder.
- Lightbulb - V?
Sit start on the North face, go left to the lightbulb-looking feature,
then top out left.
- Boneyard - V?
Just to the right of Lightbulb.
Operation Idaho Freedom Boulder
Just uphill (South) of American Beauty boulder and just East of
The Lightbulb. The North face has a slabby landing zone. Worked
during the Gulf War Sequel.
- Colon Powell - B1 bad landing Scott 3/31/2003
In the middle of the North face, go straight up over the slab landing.
- Defense Secretary Bums-felt - B0 Bob 3/31/2003
Sit start and go up and right, just right of Colon Powell.
Miscellaneous Alf Rig problems
- Scott's V9 - V? Scott
This may have become American Beauty
- The Balloon - V? Nathaniel
A few yards to the West of the Lightbulb and downhill, sharp round overhanging problem.
- Trail of Blood - V4 Rob
North and downhill from Slappin' the Captain, boulder with an overhung Northwest face and some tricky top-outs.
Rob's fingers are choss
- Small boulder with easy fun stuff at
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updated January 6th, 2010