Mount HogsBack Rock Climbing
Scanned photo. I'm at the base in the morning. Par...
South facing granite extrusion with horizontal cracked ledges. Many 150ft sections to climb along the rock bands of mostly white Quartzite like rock that are separated by narrow wooded gullies. Very steep, clean, solid, most climbs are very protective and very easily climbed (the hardest being about 5.6). Deceiving because from the ground they look challenging. Can be seen from route 25 in East Haverhill in the far away distance north is the distinctive ridge line. Also lower in this area west is a long slab on Black Mountain that I have heard has been climbed but I haven't and don't know how besides climbing Black Mountain trail and descending from it's summit to get there. Not much to climb on Black Mountain summit ledges. Four of us did top rope some short climbs there in 1981.
I am not going to list all the climbs that I did on Hogsback. There were about a bakers dozen or more. I'll just say that I went up every rock band originally as free solos. The central section does have some short finger cracks for the start but after the cracks are slabs to climb that are a bit problematic because of accumulation of pine needles. Jim Shimberg joined me once for a day of doing the climbs that I thought were the best in 1987. Great view in all directions from the ridges top.
Take Lime Kiln Road to the right turn onto Page Road until you can turn left onto Blueberry Mt. Road and park where you can legally park. Hike north east at least four miles hoping you don't miss it. Best done when there are no leaves on the trees. I went in the late fall. Should pass by a junk yard of dozens of model T fords. Hardwood forest and many rolling hills. It's a bitch or epic to get to it. Good luck.
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Westside Avenue 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c NH
: WM: Oliverian Notch
: Mount HogsBack
This climb looks difficult from the ground. You'll be in for a big surprise because it's easy. Start up horizontal breaks to reach diagonalizing finger crack. Climb crack with foot ledges and belay above crack to not have rope drag (50ft). Climb more cracks and horizontal breaks to the summit. Belay from trees. White rock with a multitude of foot ledges and otherwise this steep climb would be challenging. There's a few ways up this rock band. Right of the cracks is an outside corner of foot ledg...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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From: Lincoln, NH
Sep 22, 2010
After doing some climbing and exploring at 'the Hogsback', I think an easier way to get in there is to approach via the North-South Rd (Long Pond Rd.) from Glencliff and Rt. 25. Head north on this gravel road for about 4-5 miles and park at the gated entrance to FR Rd 190. Walk along this grassy road for about 1.5 mi, then head up and left along bushy side roads to the ridge. It's fairly easy going and the ridge is reached in about 1/2 mile. This makes for a pretty straightforward approach. The views out over Long Pond to the White Mountains and to the west into Vt. are terrific.
By bradley white
Sep 25, 2010
Thanks for the short cut. Now I can go there without the reluctance to having to do that long walk in.