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Hinterland Highway 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b

Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b [details]
FA: Mark Sprague 8/99
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Aug 3, 2007

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chloe taking a ride on the hinterland highway...


A cool easy climb... Great for beginners and warm-ups for the moderately tough and those who don't mind enjoying climbing at a low grade...

To the right of jolt and dolt you will see the steep cracked face of Nicky's Crack (5.11d)... The next bolt line right is Hinterland Highway... The crux is low down on the face leading to the cruiser arete to the chains that are shared with Nikki's Crack...


Just right of niki's crack...


7 bolts to chains

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HAH! This pictures might make this route look desirable.  Nice climbing Aaron!
HAH! This pictures might make this route look desi...
<a href='/v/hinterland-highway/106003130'>Hinterland Highway</a> climbs up the middle of the photo, then heads to an easy climb up the right arete
BETA PHOTO: Hinterland Highway climbs up the middle of the photo, t...
Start of Hinterland Highway.
Start of Hinterland Highway.
chloe on the upper part of the highway...
chloe on the upper part of the highway...
Nicole heading up <a href='/v/hinterland-highway/106003130'>Hinterland Highway</a>
Nicole heading up Hinterland Highway
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By NicoleKurth
From: Londonderry, NH
Jun 16, 2008

is it Niki's Crack or Nikki's Crack?

By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 16, 2008

I don't know. There was a very cute girl there with her dad at the time of the FA. The name is a somewhat crude homage to the fact that all the guys there fell in love with her at first sight. I didn't get her to spell her name for me.

By NicoleKurth
From: Londonderry, NH
Jun 17, 2008

hm. i guess we will never know... thank you though!

and btw i spell it Nikki.

By M Sprague
From: New England
Dec 3, 2011

I had intended on putting a second pitch on this thing, up and left, but a piano sized rock needs to be dropped and a bunch of other heavy cleaning. Maybe someday..

By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Mar 20, 2012

The start of this is very commiting. Very scary actually, even for someone like myself who trad climbs on crappy rock at the Gunks. Next time I'm bringing a squido. No climb is worth decking for. If shitting your pants while hanging on the side of a rock wall is your idea of climbing then hop on this one. Heck, don't even use rope. lol It's a shame, the rest of the route looked promising from the ground. Is there really a reason so many of the cruxy starts at Rumney aren't bolted a little 'friendlier'? Aren't the reason for the bolts for safety?

By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Mar 20, 2012

lots of people bring stick clips or learn to use an actual stick to make the first clip... the latter is a trick all sport climbers should know, it gets you out of a lot of sticky situations...

By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Mar 21, 2012

I hear you Lee, duly noted! In hindsight, it's probably very tough for developers in Rumney to find a balance between under/over bolting. That's why I don't develop routes, all walls would be bolted in a 3' grid. haha Still learning the whole sport thing. Had a blast on the other climbs fwiw.

By M Sprague
From: New England
Mar 22, 2012

That's it, Kevin - stick clip. Using a stick clip for tough starts saves the bolter having to place very close bolts at the beginning of the route and is safer. I don't remember the first bolt on this route being particularly high (think if it was a boulder problem up to it), but the technical crux of the route is below it. Very close low bolts here would be unsightly, require clipping right in the middle of thin, insecure moves, cause more rope drag, and a fall onto a very low bolt would be harder since there would be very little rope to absorb the impact. That is why many routes are bolted with the expectation the leader will use a stick.