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By Rock Cricket
From Norfolk, CT
Feb 19, 2013
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I was thumbing through the first edition of John Sherman's Better Bouldering and noticed a problem on pg. 42 in Franconia Notch called "The Torcher".

The Torcher <br />Franconia Notch, NH
The Torcher
Franconia Notch, NH


I was wondering if anyone knew where this problem was. It looks super classic and I'd love to get on it sometime. Also, is there a bunch of bouldering in the notch? I've climbed with ropes out there but have never heard of anyone bouldering (other than this photo). I couldn't find anything with a Google search. Tons of talus below Cannon, it seems there must be some good stuff.

Thanks for any info.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Feb 19, 2013

There is quite a bit of bouldering all over the Notch... some hidden and some not
Secrets of the Notch (i think new edition) is coming out.
by- jamie Cunnungham/Jon Syckes


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By keohan68
From Landaff,NH
Feb 19, 2013

This is a topic I'm also interested in, so I would like to stretch the question into Kinsman Notch also.


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By jim.dangle
Feb 19, 2013

There's a ton of bouldering in the Whites and very little of it has made it on to MP. This omission includes the obvious, very accessible boulders beneath Cathedral.

I'm not much of boulderer myself but I definitely encourage people to post up boulders. The bouldering in the area is probably as good as any place in New England. And there has to be some way to hurt yourself on a rest day.

Jim


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By johnthethird
Feb 19, 2013

In the current (2008) Secrets of the notch, there is mention of 'several good problems' at the bouldering wall on Echo crag. Thats all the mention I found of bouldering in the book. No listed problems, though.


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By Rock Cricket
From Norfolk, CT
Feb 20, 2013
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I can't wait to get out there and check out the blocks. Also psyched to get on Cannon.


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By steitz
From midcoast, maine
Feb 20, 2013

For what it's worth I'd encourage people not to post it up. Just go talk to the boys at IME.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Feb 20, 2013

An obvious problem at Cannon is on the approach to the right side slabs area. Nice block with a couple of problems including a finger crack.

Many problems lie along and just off the bike trail that follows the road. Another area is down by the Flume.

I have not been, but Kinsman has a lot as well.


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By Morgan Patterson
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Feb 20, 2013
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steitz wrote:
For what it's worth I'd encourage people not to post it up. Just go talk to the boys at IME.


I'd encourage both actually... no reason not to add boulders to the site, esp if they are on public land. That is unless you have a problem sharing I guess...

There's a few problems in the parking lot for the Glen Boulder as well as some sweet lines we put up on the Glen Boulder. Mahoosuc notch is just loaded with boulders...


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By john strand
From southern colo
Feb 20, 2013

The future of NH bouldering lies in the alpine areas.... huntington, King.. etc


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By jim.dangle
Feb 20, 2013

steitz wrote:
For what it's worth I'd encourage people not to post it up. Just go talk to the boys at IME.


I'm curious-- why should MP readers be discouraged from posting stuff up on MP?

Jim


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By john strand
From southern colo
Feb 20, 2013

Right.. I spent a good part of my life talking to "the boys" at IME.. it usually got me nowhere.

I wasn't a "local"


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By patrick donahue
From Gunnison, Colorado
Feb 20, 2013
me climbing at lost horizon, NH

john strand wrote:
There is quite a bit of bouldering all over the Notch... some hidden and some not Secrets of the Notch (i think new edition) is coming out. by- jamie Cunnungham/Jon Syckes

Do you know exactly when their guide book is coming out? i know they used to have a webpage but i cant find it any more.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Feb 20, 2013

I would check with Jamie Cunningham. i don't think he's on MP but is on NEClimbs


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By Jay Knower
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From Campton, NH
Feb 27, 2013
Technosurfing, Rumney. Photo by Seth Hamel.

I've seen that photo before, and I've wondered about that problem as well. I posted a question on my FB page. Maybe someone know something about it. If I find out, I'll post here.

And to whoever said that the "boys at IME" are a better source for bouldering info: That statement is both unrefined (women work there as well) and incorrect.


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By keohan68
From Landaff,NH
Mar 13, 2013

Alright so I drive through "The Notch" a few times a week, and I think this boulder is right off the road across from the lake. The next time I get a chance I will stop and take a closer look.


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By Jay Knower
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From Campton, NH
Mar 13, 2013
Technosurfing, Rumney. Photo by Seth Hamel.

I got word that the boulder is on the approach to Lakeview. That's all I know, and I haven't gotten a chance to check it out myself yet.


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