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Lower Left Wall / Ventilator Slabs

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Age Before Beauty 
Bombardment 
Effects of Kind Bud on an Abnormal Brain, The 
Ego Trip 
Fisting Jon (AKA Leafspring) 
Fun House 
Fun House Left 
Happy Trails 
Once Upon A Climb 
One Hit To The Body 
Pleasant St. 
Pooh 
Son Of A Birch 
Starfire (Yo-Yo) 
Three Birches 
Ventilated Western Girl 
Ventilator 
Western Lady/ California Girls 
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Lower Left Wall / Ventilator Slabs 


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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jan 15, 2007
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Alex on the crux of Bombardment...

Description 

The Lower Left Wall has everything from easy starter climbs (Fun House 5.7) to some hard scary slab climbing (Repo Man 5.11dX) and many choices in between. Routes in this section can get crowded on a weekend with multiple parties on Bombardment (5.8), Fun House (5.7), and beginner parties suckered in to the stout but fun (if 5.8 is not your limit) Three Birches (5.8+). However the better I get to know this cliff the more I learn to get around the crowds and I always find a way to the midway ledge without waiting in line or crossing too many ropes.

Though many of the routes have cracks on them you will find most of the climbing depends on your feet and requires some slab technique. On the routes that donít have cracks expect extreme slab climbing for the most part, Ego Trip (5.11c) among others offer you good protection while pushing the limits of your slab prowess.


Getting There 

There is a trail marked at the road near where the porter potties normally reside. Follow this as it twists through the woods and eventually heads up hill past boulders. You will have Fun House right in front of you as you get to the cliff. Head left for bombardment and the hard slabs. Head right for the Lower Refuse area.


18 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Left Wall / Ventilator Slabs:
Pleasant St.   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Fun House   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Fun House Left   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Happy Trails   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 150'   
Bombardment   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Pooh   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 170'   
Three Birches   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   
Age Before Beauty   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 30'   
Ventilator   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Western Lady/ California Girls   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ego Trip   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Once Upon A Climb   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Fisting Jon (AKA Leafspring)   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Bombardment 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  NH : Cathedral Ledge : Lower Left Wall / Ventilato...
Bombardment shares p1 with Pleasant Street, a quick test of wits on a wandering, run-out 5.6 slab that terminates at a large ant-eaten oak on a slanting ledge below an overlap. Start p2 by stepping up and right over the overlap. The p2 crack climbing is an easily protected and fun place to learn jams and ween yourself off of the plentiful face features for footholds....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Ladd Raine
Administrator
From: Plymouth, NH
May 30, 2007

The SCA is curently fixing up the approach trail to the base. 5.30.07.
The cliff is still accessible and the work they are doing is great!

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Sep 30, 2008

In an attempt to avoid the wet spots I lead my dad up an interesting link up starting on Western Lady going in to the crack on Bombardment and avoiding the wet crux on that, continued left in to Happy Trails... Fun climbing at about 5.9...

The Western-Bombardment link is very fun, the finish on happy trails was not really worth going out of your way for...

By KCP
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Feb 10, 2013

I'm surprised that no one has posted Repo Man and that the only mention of it has an X safety rating. This was my first 5.12 lead. I accept it being down-rated to 11d, although unless the bolt that protects the crux is gone, this is not an X route. I got the nerve to lead it only after watching Jimmy Surette pitch off of the crux - coming close to, although not hitting the deck.