Areas in U-Mound
Backside of Upper Mound/ Wounded Knee area (Northern cluster of boulders) 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Brett and Jill boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders) 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Upper Mound (main upper cluster of boulders) 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Upper Mound - the corridor 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Warmup Boulders (AKA Brett & Jill boulders) South Side 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
|GPS:||35.085, -106.481 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Dave Wachter on Jan 24, 2006|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionSurprisingly good granite bouldering in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, right at the edge of town. Also Albuquerque's best approximation of an "after work crag," at least from late fall to early spring (when it's warmer, Big Block takes that dubious honor). So, when the days get longer, and the latest dusting of snow melts off, get out and shred your fingers at U-Mound! The granite here can be quite rough, but once you know where the more finger-friendly problems are, and have an idea exactly how to grab specific holds, you can manage to keep from wearing through your pads and still get a good crimp-pump.
Resources- "The Official Online Guide to U-Mound Bouldering": http://www.cs.unm.edu/~moret/u-mound.html
It's in a convenient, printable html format, but if you're going to print this out and use it at the boulders, I'd recommend annotating it with info from this site.
Go east on I-40 from basically anywhere in town. Get off at Tramway (last exit before you head up the canyon) and go north until you reach Copper (second light). Turn right on Copper (east toward the mountains), and drive until you arrive at the end of the road, there is a parking area here. Hike north on a trail for ~ 200 yards, keeping the houses to your left and the U-mound (big rocky-topped hill) to your right. Cross a berm with a concrete drainage ditch to your left, and the boulders come into view straight ahead.
See photos for details.
See photos for details.
Classic Climbing Routes at U-Mound
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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