(03) Bivi Wall/Swallow Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Photo-topo of the Bivi Wall on the right, and the ...
The Bivi Wall is named for the ledge on its right end, about halfway up, that is "big enough to bivi on." This wall contains a few excellent routes on generally solid rock.
The Swallow Wall is around the corner to the left of the Bivi Wall, tucked away behind the massive, tilted boulder visible from the parking lot. It is named for the colony of sparrows nesting in mudhouses underneath the overhang, and features some of the longest routes on the Original Side.
Find the Bennie Silva Wall and walk left along the cliff. Alternately, look for the massive boulder tilted 45 degrees off horizontal (the Inclined Boulder), which is clearly visible from the parking lot (and in the beta photo). The Bivi Wall is just right of this boulder, while the Swallow Wall is behind it.
Routes (from left to right)
Climbing Season For the Original Side area.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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One of the most popular routes at Mentmore, and all the more so since it was accorded "area classic" status in Falcon Press's 'Rock Climbing New Mexico". This IS an excellent route: steep and sustained, with interesting movement throughout on a variety of hold types. For the full effect, stay on the boltline; moving right to rest on lower-angled terrain makes it significantly easier. This route suffers a bit from loose and crumbly rock, however. Be careful not to bean the belayer. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM