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The Marsh Boulders

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A Bear and a Bug 
Ankle Biter 
Boulder X 
Boulder X Slab  
Bubble Wrap 
Diamond in the Rough 
Headz Ain't Ready 
Impaler, The 
Know Hands 
Piece o' Cake 
Super Smash Brothers 
Swamp butt 
Tony's Problem 
Touchdown Giants 
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Unknown slab right 
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The Marsh Boulders  

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The Marsh Boulders are spread out down the hill towards the marsh and hold a number of classics. Boulder X (V6) is a testpiece that will challenge your topout skills, but try not to put your spotter in the hospital. Bodacious (V7) is pure sloping fun that follows an arÍte to an easier top-out. The top-out can be squat-started on its own as a shorter problem called Bench Warmers (V1). Further down the hill, Touchdown Giants (V2) is an underrated problem on an underrated boulder due to location, and holds many other crimpy variations on the same face that are just as fun.

Getting There 

Once at the Storm Boulders walk back towards the marsh heading down a small decline. Once you can see the marsh, well you are into the Marsh Boulders area.

Area Map 

A quick overview map w/climbs shown for reference.
A quick overview map w/climbs shown for reference.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.0 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Marsh Boulders:
Ankle Biter   V1 5     Boulder   
Touchdown Giants   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   
Essentials   V2 5+     Boulder   
Boulder X Slab    V4 6B     Boulder   
Diamond in the Rough   V4 6B     Boulder   
Boulder X   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   
Bodacious   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   
Headz Ain't Ready   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   
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Featured Route For The Marsh Boulders
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Bubble Wrap V1 5  NH : *Pawtuckaway : ... : The Marsh Boulders
The route is to the right of the V0 that is to the right of essentials. This is in the slab section of the boulder near the tree. The start is at the crimp seam about 2-3 feet above the ground and you can mantle with your left hand near the start of the V0. The feet are amazing. Work your feet and get your left foot up to about where your left hand started. From there, there is a solid crimp/edge to the right. If you're short, there's a smaller crimp down to the left of it that you can bump off...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By BenVeilleux
Sep 27, 2014
Hey all, so I climbed the boulder labeled with "the impaler v3" today. I climbed the backside (side facing the marsh). Started on the left-ish side with a sharp right crimp and a left hold on the arÍte. Left foot on to start, right foot hanging. Large, committing bump with left hand to slopey corner of arÍte. Switch feet, deadpoint/dyno (depending on height - 5"8 me could barely deadpoint, dyno was more consistent) to so-so pinch with right hand. Either match on the pinch and transition to right lip (harder option) or left hand to top of arÍte to top out.

My question is: is this "the impaler" or an undocumented route? I'll be going back Wednesday 10/1 and put up video, but there's no area listing of "impaler" so unsure if that's the route or not.

Add'l info: boulder is behind "boulder x" and sandwiched between boulder x and diamond in the rough v4.

Edit for more info: Didn't feel like a 3, at least a 4, probably 4+.
By BenVeilleux
Oct 14, 2014
So here's the video, with different angles and a route variant. After sending it and getting some laps on it, realized that it certainly feels like a V3.

MP project vid

Any input or knowledge on previous ascents / if this is a FA are greatly appreciated.
By Ian McAfee
From: Nashua, NH
Oct 14, 2014
That chalked up arete to the right of the problem you climbed is Bodacious v7, so you're actually not on the impaler boulder. From the picture on this page it seems the line you climbed is called Bench Warmers, i've looked at that face while trying Bodacious but it looked chossy and sharp, but your video makes it look much more fun.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 14, 2014
Ian is correct that you are climbing on the 'Bodacious' boulder and not on 'The Impaler' boulder. However, 'Bench Warmer' actually starts a bit to the right of this problem on some low edges (if I remember correctly) and then it heads straight up to join the lip and finish the same way that 'Bodacious' does.

As to whether this is a new problem or not, it's really hard to say. It's safe to say that most of the obvious lines and variations have been climbed at some point. It's very unlikely that a climb at this grade level in such a popular area hasn't been climbed before.

That being said, I haven't seen it specifically given a name or grade anywhere before, so if you want to post it up to MP, I'm sure no one would have a problem with it. If you do that and someone has climbed it before, they can always post a comment with the original name and grade.

It's always good to have new things to try.
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