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Elevation: 7,746 ft 2,361 m
GPS: 32.35854, -106.57517
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The Low Horns form the final northern section of "The Needles" section of the Organ Mountains, ending at Big Windy Canyon on the north, and the higher needles beginning with The Spire to the south. Gertch is essentially the west buttress of Low Horn #1, even though Gertch's west facing wall is much more impressive than the smallish tooth like summit of Low Horn 1. From the West, the Low Horns lean uniformly to the south, and climbing them from the north appears to be easier than the south. The east faces are also much steeper than the west faces.

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East approach is recommended. Start on the north fork of the Pine Tree Trail. Leave the trail at the second gully heading up. A short, fat log among the boulders at the bottom of the gully serves as a land mark. Go up left of the gully itself up a shallow draw to avoid brushy terrain. Once the slope ahead starts increasing, your direction will depend on which Low Horn you are going for.

For Low Horn 1 of the saddle between 1 and 2 go to the gully to the right and up it for a short distance before taking to the slabby terrain on the left. You can stay out of the gully for the saddle between 2 and 3 and plot your way by sight. Likewise, but farther left, for the gully between 5 and 6, which is also suitable for descent. It doesn't appear to practical to ascend between 4 and 5, although with some raps, you could descend that way.

Western approach (not recommended) would be up the Big Windy Canyon from the Topp Hut. There used to be a trail back in the day between Topp Hut and Big Windy, now it's a mess of cat claw. Ingraham's guide describes an approach from the bowl between Gertch and Gertch's Half Brother among others. Expect long approach times 2-3 hours and bushwhacking. With some more use, climbers trails will form quickly, but old cairns appear to date from Ingraham's day, and bits of trail, if you find them, seldom amount to much. Even for Gertch's Folly the modern approach is from the east.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Low Horns

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
The East Face Mosey
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Gertch's Folly
Trad 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Decent Exposure
Trad 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The East Face Mosey Low Horn 6
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Gertch's Folly Gertch
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 7 pitches
Decent Exposure Low Horn 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 7 pitches
Psycho Gertch
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
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