Elevation: 6,515 ft
GPS: 35.527, -108.743 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Nov 9, 2008
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

Description

A number of sandstone areas can be found in western New Mexico, in the region near Gallup and Grants.

Of these, the sandstone sport climbing of Mentmore is perhaps best known. Mentmore is a popular stopover for those passing through this section of the state, and is popular among the few devoted local climbers who live in this region.

More adventurous climbing can be found in this area too. Church Rock near Gallup is a scenic sandstone spire.

Getting There

Gallup is 2 hours west of Albuquerque on I-40; or East from Arizona it's about 2.5-3 hrs from Flag to Gallup.

Accommodations

A common question about climbing at Mentmore is: where do I stay?

One option is one of the numerous cheap hotels in Gallup (but be careful if you do this, there are some sketchy looking ones as well).

Some have also stayed right there at the crag. It's not the greatest environment but I have never heard of anyone being harassed. Don't be too surprised though, if someone comes in to illegally unload a pile of trash.

The best option for camping is, as written in one of the comments below, to stay in the McGaffee forest just east of Gallup. From Mentmore, get back onto I-40 and head east. Drive back through Gallup and then about 10 minutes east of Gallup take the McGaffee exit. Turn south and continue driving past Ft. Windgate. When you get into the forest there are plenty of roads to turn off onto that provide great primitive camping in a beautiful ponderosa forest.

If you just happened to bring a mountain bike, there is really great mountain biking in the forest as well.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Gallup Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2- 5+
 4
Tall Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 5
A-Frame
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
Hobbit
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 4
Two
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Four
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Inner Sanctum
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Flakes Don't Fail Me Now
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 17
Cameron's Coming
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Not Suitable for Pregnant Women
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Turquoise Classic Thunder
Trad, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Thing 1
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 6
Sink or Swim
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Upchuck
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Shattered
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 3
Technorazor
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tall Arete Barn Yard
 4
V2- 5+ Boulder
A-Frame Barn Yard
 5
V2 5+ Boulder
Hobbit Barn Yard
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Two Mentmore > New Side > Wu Wall
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
Four Mentmore > New Side > Wu Wall
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Inner Sanctum Mentmore > Original Side > (05) Health Wall
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Flakes Don't Fail Me Now Mentmore > New Side > (03) Wall of Dreams
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Cameron's Coming Mentmore > New Side > (02) The Corridor
 17
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Not Suitable for Pregnant W… Mentmore > Original Side > (05) Health Wall
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Turquoise Classic Thunder Mentmore > New Side > (03) Wall of Dreams
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Thing 1 Mentmore > New Side > Monolith
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Sink or Swim Mentmore > New Side > (03) Wall of Dreams
 6
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Upchuck Mentmore > Original Side > (05) Health Wall
 5
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Shattered Mentmore > New Side > Monolith
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Technorazor Mentmore > New Side > Monolith
 3
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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