The crux. Seth Hamel Photo.
The crown jewel of Blair Woods. This boulder is the size of a house and is named for the black and white swirl of the rock. A fair number of difficult quality lines head up all sides thanks to Dave Graham and Tim Kemple, among others. The Swirley used to have the largest concentration of difficult problems, but lost the title to the Split Boulder in Boulder Natural. Don't miss The Rose or Uncle Climax, and if you can pull hard enough, Child of the Storm and Sit and Deliver are the real test pieces.
From the junction, head straight and take the first right to head downhill. After a minute or so the Swirley Boulder will be obvious ahead.
Weather station 6.4 miles from here
12 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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The Rose V7 7A+ NH
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This problem feels impossible without the right beta. Crouch at the lowest part of the arete and trend right and up using severely sloping holds on the lip of the arete. Funky footwork and tenaciously slapping the slopers the right way are the ticket to success. An interesting mantle caps this short, but fierce beauty. Sick downclimbs are found on the opposite arete/face of the Rose....[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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