Tucumcari Mountain Rock Climbing
The mountain is largely undeveloped, but offers relative seclusion from locals and definitely other climbers. Been working to put up at least a half dozen of the best boulder problems from the mountain up here. The rock quality is sandstone, so be careful. The Eastern slope offers some harder rock. The prevailing winds usually come from the SW and can be really severe, especially if you are on the Western side of the Mountain. Questions? I'm on facebook, send me a message and I'd be happy to show you around my local chosspile.
From I-40 take the exit with the Love's and Flying J truck stops and instead of heading towards them go south towards the Mountain. The road will cross a cattle guard and then turn into dirt. There is a parking area on the left, but keep following the road as it curves to the left (instead of going straight along the canal). The road is usually in good condition and unless your car is like 2 inches off the ground, clearance is fine. Continue to follow the road as it weaves across some open country for maybe 3/4 of a mile. It ends at the base of the mountain and there is a circular parking area. If you don't have a 4x4 I would highly recommend parking here.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 4.6 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Tucumcari Mountain
Eastern Traverse V1-2 5 NM
: New Mexico, I-40 Corridor
: Tucumcari Mountain
A solid warmup before trying some of the other problems in the area. Use the pockets and crimps to make your way to the right around the boulder. The crux for me is when the small holds end and you must transition to a crack then up around the corner to the finish. Once you've rounded the corner, the holds are buckets and you're golden to the finish. It's a longer traverse, and doing it a few times is some nice endurance. Bonus points for going there and back!...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
May 31, 2014
Having been offered a job in Clovis (no climbing for miles), I found this area on Mountain Project and thought I would drive up and give it a try. There is huge potential for development here. I would say there are 20 to 50 potential routes, at least from what I saw (not sure how easy bolts are to put into sandstone, but there are numerous cracks for trad).
I mostly just bouldered V1 and V2 today, not having a pad handy on this trip, but it looks like every level of climbing exists here. I will be back for sure.