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(05) The Open Face Wall Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This is the shortest, slabbiest area at the New Side, and is a great place for people new to climbing or new to leading. It offers a small selection of unintimidating 5.6-5.8 routes, and gets sun all afternoon. Not that Mentmore is crowded, but there is never ANYBODY down at this end. The rock is typically sandy, with bits of varnish providing the best face holds.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, just follow the road and keep walking right along the base of the wall, passing the Corridor, the Wall of Dreams, and the Balcony. At the Balcony, leave the road and approach the base of the cliff. Find a rough trail that heads up and right along the wall. This will lead you up to the Open Face Wall. About 5 minutes walk from the parking lot.

Routes (from left to right) 

Opie Ate for the Masses (5.7, 4 bolts)
Tuna Melt (5.7, 3 bolts)
Learning to Lead Crack (5.6, trad gear)
Rueben (5.8, 3 bolts)

To get to the next route, continue along the road. It is the very last route on the new side, and the only one that faces to the right as you look at the wall.

Sideshow Rodeo (5.11 c/d, 4 bolts)

Climbing Season

For the New Side area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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