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Hueco Tanks is a very unique geological formation just outside of El Paso, Texas. The rock is a weak form of granite called syenite that was formed roughly 35 million years ago. This syenite was eventually exposed due to weathering and created the heucos (Spanish for ‘hollows’) in the rock. A special combination of features has made Hueco Tanks one of the best areas in the world for bouldering; which is a form of climbing short, difficult problems with only the use of pads instead of ropes.
The sun was just setting as we landed in Seattle for 1 of 2 connections on our way to El Paso, Texas.
The following day we finally arrived at ‘Hueco Hacienda’, which is a small hostel near the park. If you are looking for a place to stay I highly recommend it! The hosts were incredibly nice and helpful with everything we needed or inquired about. As well as everything being extremely well organized and clean.
A fantastic view of Hueco can be seen from the main sitting area.
They even had a setup to play horse shoes outside and small climbing wall to train.
The Hacienda also came complete with a very stoic dog named Tinsel.
A little less stoic after a run.
Early the next morning we made the short drive towards Hueco and met up with our guide Luke. A guide is required if you want to enter anything but ‘North Mountain’ in the park. Luke was fantastic and really helped us make the best of our short time on the rocks.
Once we had our group together we began to hike in to the first climbs of the day.
Hiking in with the large ‘crash pads’ on your back can be difficult at times due to the tight spaces.
We spent the next few days exploring/climbing the beautiful rock in the park.
Photo credit: Paige Sorger
Occasional we’d see civilian and military planes fly over head with the airport and base close by.
Each night the sun would set behind Hueco meaning it was time to head out of the park as at closed at 6pm sharp.