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Location: NH : Rumney : Summit Cliff (The Highlands... : Karmic Realignment (5.12a)
By: M Sprague When: 5 hours ago

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Comments: Yes, two projects, but they are open. The highest one I TRed cleanly while self belaying and thought at the time it was around 12d, maybe a little easier if you have a big wing span. It is all bolted, though probably needs a recleaning now. The one just right of Karmic still needs work and some more bolts, but I thought it had potential to be really good too.


Location: NH : Rumney : Summit Cliff (The Highlands... : Karmic Realignment (5.12a)
By: M Sprague When: 12 hours ago

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Comments: Interesting. There were not a lot of great options with the position and rock quality for placing the belay anchor, but I wouldn't have placed them in rock that vibrated. I wonder if the freeze thaw cycle loosened things up. If they are bad, please feel free to move them to a better place if you can find one. I think one would want to be cognizant of finding a spot out of the firing line, as the belayer would be tied-in in a gully (I vaguely remember tying-in with my rope so I could hang down a ... more >>


Location: NH : Greens Cliff : The Northeastern Crags : Encour du Bottom feeder (5.9-)
By: M Sprague When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Encore?


Location: NH : Greens Cliff : The Northeastern Crags : Encour du Bottom feeder (5.9-)
By: M Sprague When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Did you just go to the first tree, Tom, and not top out? It looks like it would be taller than 40 feet and better than only 1 star, or does it just need some more cleaning?


Location: NH : Greens Cliff : The Northeastern Crags : Happy Camper (5.10)
By: M Sprague When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Hard to not give this 4 stars but you have to save that for the super world class routes. 4 stars in the NH rating. Pretty pumpy for the grade!


Location: NH : Kancamagus Crags : Crack In The Woods : Photo
By: M Sprague When: 6 days ago

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Comments: Sounds about right, thanks. I have to get my book back. Seems to be some good potential still out here. I was scoping out a really nice looking potential sport/mixed line right of CITW from the ground. Only question would be how far one could keep the first bolt from CITW while still adequately protecting from swinging in to a sharp boulder. That is such a classic you obviously wouldn't want anything near it that would detract. Looks like a stick clipped one about 20 ft away would do it. Well ca... more >>


Location: NH : Kancamagus Crags : Found Ledge : The Main Cliff : Photo
By: M Sprague When: 6 days ago

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Comments: I'm pretty sure Goldilocks is just left of Short. Similar features - short face up to a rounded ledge and then some sort of crack through the next steepness.


Location: NH : Kancamagus Crags : Crack In The Woods : Photo
By: M Sprague When: Sep 9, 2014

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Comments: Further left from Crack in the Woods


Location: NH : Kancamagus Crags : Crack In The Woods : Photo
By: M Sprague When: Sep 9, 2014

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Comments: Looks like a super nice, must do route, even better in person. The top looked like it needs a cleaning, and maybe a new anchor, (a very worthy public service), but all the lower part looks very clean. Go when the air is dry, as the lower corner seems to suffer from condensation when it is humid.

The approach is easy, really. Get on it.


Location: NH : Kancamagus Crags : Crack In The Woods : Photo
By: M Sprague When: Sep 9, 2014

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Comments: This must have been climbed. Anybody have any historical information?


Location: NH : Kancamagus Crags : Found Ledge : The Main Cliff : Photo
By: M Sprague When: Sep 9, 2014

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Comments: Short face onto a rounded ledge, followed by a chimney/offwidth turning into a hand crack I think. Maybe 30 right of Short but Sweet.


Location: NH : Kancamagus Crags : Crack In The Woods
By: M Sprague When: Sep 9, 2014

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Comments: Updated the direction in for 2014. I hiked in this Saturday to check it out and found it really easy to find. Followed the road/ski trail for about 30 minutes until I was past Rainbow Slabs, then angled in a bit to a drainage that took me right there.

The woods all along the way in were completely covered with hundreds of survey markings, paint blazes and ribbons of all colors, so trying to find ones marking a climbers path was pointless. I built a cairn next to the ski trail where you head in... more >>


Location: NH : Greens Cliff : The Northeastern Crags : Squeeze Box (5.8)
By: M Sprague When: Sep 8, 2014

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Comments: A must do!


Location: NH : Greens Cliff : The Northeastern Crags : Photo
By: M Sprague When: Sep 2, 2014

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Comments: Squeeze Box is the obvious 5.8 chimney up to a bolted anchor. The second pitch hasn't been climbed yet and needs a bunch (multiday) of loose rock cleaned out. Happy Camper 5.10 is the wide hand crack that starts up and left from the first pitch of the chimney. The picture is quite foreshortened, making the top look shorter than it really is.

Squeeze Box 5.8 70ft FA Amy Colburn, Tom Bowker 8/24/14
Happy Camper 5.10 60ft FA Tom Bowker Amy Colburn 8/25/14 FFA Tom Bowker, Bayard Russell, Ann Skidmo... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Rockfellow Group : ... : Photo
By: M Sprague When: Aug 21, 2014

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Comments: This is what a 4 star route looks like folks.


Location: NH : Rumney : The Northwest Passage : Lateralus (5.12a)
By: M Sprague When: Aug 20, 2014

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Comments: Anybody get the second ascent of this thing yet? I am curious if my grading after hanging all over it to prep was accurate and how people liked it. I enjoyed the finger pocket finish. Bring the handful of gear needed for 'Lectra Crack while you are in this bit out of the way area.


Location: NH : Rumney : *Rumney Bouldering : Black Jack Boulders : The Zig Zag Boulder : Good Morning Midnight (V3+)
By: M Sprague When: Aug 15, 2014

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Comments: Recorded


Location: NH : Rumney : Armed and Dangerous Area (M... : Mister Meaner (5.9)
By: M Sprague When: Aug 7, 2014

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Comments: Yes, If I remember correctly, which may or may not be the case. Just watch the end. See the note in the route description


Location: NH : Greens Cliff : The Northeastern Crags : Mountain Minor (5.10b/c PG13)
By: M Sprague When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: Did you climb the upper crack with you feet to the right, Tom, so you can get better jams, or did you try laying off it to the left?


Location: NH : Mt. Willard
By: M Sprague When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: Per Rob Hall's suggestions, I broke Mt. Willard down into sub areas. I have only climbed here once, so am not so familiar with the area. If anybody has any suggestions, corrections or more route information, let us know. Don't forget you have that blue 'Improve This Page' button. The area descriptions and directions could use some filling out.


Location: NH : Mt. Willard : Ben Wall (crag by rt 302)
By: M Sprague When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: John, I corrected this by redoing it from a route description into a sub-area (man you made a mess, lol) Now you can add individual routes under the heading. I was able to move the comments, but had to lose people's stars and ticks.


Location: Eastern States : WTF... Can someone explain ... : Photo
By: M Sprague When: Aug 4, 2014

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Comments: Does this picture need to be rotated 90 deg clockwise?


Location: NH : Rumney : The Northwest Passage : Forty Six and 2 (5.12c/d)
By: M Sprague When: Aug 4, 2014

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Comments: Doh! I should have gotten back on it on the lead faster :) It is a really fun route if you like thin technical face climbing, which I do.


Location: NH : Rumney : *Rumney Bouldering : Black Jack Boulders : The Ricochet Boulder : Garden of Your Mind (V5)
By: M Sprague When: Aug 2, 2014

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Comments: There are actually a couple lines further to the left, that I did about 15 years ago, kind of a shallow wavy corner if I remember right, not very hard, V3 maybe, and a thinner thing just to it's right that I think I started as a crouch start. I wouldn't be surprised if the corner/seam was climbed before I did it. It is a pretty obvious line. I had it completely scrubbed clean and within two years it looked like it had never been climbed, lol. I never named them and can't remember the grades, so... more >>


Location: NH : Rumney : *Rumney Bouldering : Black Jack Boulders : The Block : Knock Your Block Off (V6)
By: M Sprague When: Jul 31, 2014

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Comments: The 'Improve this page' button is a good way to do it.


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