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Balls to the Wall S 
Blackballed S 
Crest Chewel S 
Helical Tusk S 
Look Ma No Cavities S 
Tooth Fairy S 

Gnar Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.39297, -106.19541 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron Hobson, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Jason Halladay, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Jun 12, 2006
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Gnar Wall at El Rito (photo by Logan)


Has some nice 5.10 warm-ups to get on before heading over to Rad Wall! The Route Canal is a good place if you're looking for shade.

Getting There 

First, find Rad Wall by going up through the corridor past Big Pine Wall. This crag is just to the left (North) of Rad Wall. The narrow gully/corridor heading uphill between the Gnar Wall and the Rad Wall is called the Route Canal.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gnar Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gnar Wall:
Helical Tusk   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   
Tooth Fairy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Blackballed   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Balls to the Wall   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Gnar Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Walt enjoying the big holds. August 2012.

Crest Chewel 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  NM : El Rito : ... : Gnar Wall
One of the better 5.9s at El Rito, however, it may be just a little scary for the 5.9 leader down low due to moderately long spacing between bolts. There are, however, bolts where you need them. Has a nice little overhung section, which is unusual at the 5.9 grade. Start on the arete on the right side of the wall (right next to the corridor), and move to the right through the overhang. Shares anchors with Tooth Fairy....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lee successfully not busting his balls on his flas...
Lee successfully not busting his balls on his flas...

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By Scott Beguin
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 28, 2009
Climbers beware. We ran into a beautiful green rattlesnake at the bottom of Blackballed ,after an ascent and hanging out while observing the sound of a soft rattle that resembled the sound of a cicada. It ventured out from under the rocks at the bottom of the climb and started ascending the corridor between Rad Wall and Gnar Wall. If you bring children to this crag just be aware. This is rattlesnake season in Northern New Mexico, so keep your eyes peeled and climb safely. They most likely are all around this crag at the right place at the right times. Be warned and bring your camera.
By Finn Foster
Oct 12, 2015
FUN WALL for 5.10's in El Rito.

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