Named after a miner who met his demise here, Gertch isn't really a peak, but it offers a huge face with many possibilities. The normal route up Gertch is considered an Organ Mtns classic, and is well worth the effort you will expend to just get to this remote cliff.
Identify Gertch by first locating the Rabbit Ear's Massif and the low horns (refer to Ingraham's guide web.nmsu.edu/~amato/ingrahamguide/]]. The large gap between these two peaks is called Big Windy canyon. Gertch is the face on the south side of Big Windy Canyon, a tall un-broken face that leads all the way up to the summit ridge. There isn't really a trail, although you may find a few cairns scattered in logical locations. Mostly you will be traveling over Cat's Claw and Prickly pear vegetation, so long/sturdy pants are a must.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gertch:
Gertch's Folly 5.8 Trad, 5 pitches, 700 feet, Grade III
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Gertch's Folly 5.8 NM : Organ Mountains : Gertch
One of the Classic climbs of the Organ Mts. It takes an obvious weakness up the cliff with mostly good rock, and comfortable belays. The last pitch tackles a headwall with beautiful exposure and clean granite.Pitch 1: climb the corner under a large roof. Pass an old 1/4" bolt to a ledge just below the roof where another old 1/4" bolt is found. Belay from here, or continue up around the right side of the roof and belay at another large ledge with a tree.Pitch 2: Continue up the corner/crack syst...[more] Browse More Classics in NM