“Organeering”: Adventure Climbing in the Organ Mountains

Organ Mountains

The first time I saw the Organ Mountains, I was on a cross-country bicycle trip, pedaling from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida. Las Cruces was just another dot on the map, as far as I was concerned, maybe a place to grab a hotel and a shower for the night after 60-some miles of riding.

As we rolled down Highway 185 toward town, a chain of ghost-white peaks sprung out of the desert in the evening light. I said out loud, “What are those?”