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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Oct 23, 2012
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The Cake Walk Area might be the most popular spot at Humphrey's. Many of the routes were put up as adventurous horror-shows, but some have since been cleaned and retrobolted (with permission from the first ascentionists). While Humphrey's has a reputation for scary routes on loose rock, this wall proves that a misconception. These routes are mostly clean, mostly well-protected, and super fun.

This wall gets a lot of sun and stays pretty dry; therefore, it's a great winter/early spring/late fall climbing destination.

Getting There 

Once you get to the wall, head left. The Cakewalk area is a clean, open face bound by buttresses on both sides and a steep wall/roof at the top.

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Cake Walk Area:
Wanderlust   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Run Don't Walk   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   
Above and Beyond   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Featured Route For The Cake Walk Area

Run Don't Walk 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  NH : Humphrey's Ledge : The Cake Walk Area
Great overhanging climb that keeps your attention the whole way. The crux is definitely the roof on the first pitch. Climb the broken corner/face to a great right to left facing crack (medium size gear/ #2) to a ledge. Protect left and/or make high delicate moves to the bolt(crux). Clip and surmount the roof past 2 more bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. The crux could be serious business. Take your time and commit to the moves.P2. Put on the crimp gloves and climb straight up the thin face above p...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Leigh A. Kesler
Aug 12, 2013

FYI, as of 2013/08/11 there is a hornets' nest early in the first pitch of Cake Walk. Would not recommend climbing this year without a can of Raid.