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BETA PHOTO: This shows the situation of the cliff from below. ...


This is the obscure of the obscure Rumney crags. Located at the top of the gully that splits Yellow Knife and The Hinterlands.

I've made two trips up to check out this interesting and impressive piece of rock perched in an amazingly exposed location. I still haven't climbed anything on it however. To be honest i don't know where to begin. Im posting this description and some photos in hopes that someone that knows the area might help us demystify it. Even the guide book has very little info on it.

Getting There 

There is no simple way to get to it but the easiest way I know of is to hike above it and scramble/rappel down below. You can hike around from NW Territories or take the rattlesnake mountain trail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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

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The 'Monnolith'

Giimoozaabi (unfinshed) 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b C0  NH : Rumney : The Monolith
This climb begins on a ramp to access the shallow corner (5.8). The corner is 5.10 to a hard crux to reestablish yourself onto the face by hoisting up onto it strenuously. There is a no hand rest here. Move up face to clip a above head bolt then tension traverse C-0(we were unable to get it free). After traverse sharply right is the edge of the crag. Keven said the traverse was like 'Flying Hawaiian' but harder. Climb the rock edge arete for twenty five feet (5.8). The edge gets easier towards t...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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mike showing us the monolith off tho his his left (your right)
mike showing us the monolith off tho his his left ...
This looked like the most obvious line... but how do people gain the ledge anchor... from above? from an approach pitch?
BETA PHOTO: This looked like the most obvious line... but how ...
This shows the west facing side of the cliff and a lower buttress (is there anything down there? the yellow line roughly shows a bolt line, but what is it?
BETA PHOTO: This shows the west facing side of the cliff and a...
This shows the east (or south-east) facing side of the cliff. If anyone wants to draw in routes on this for us please do :)
BETA PHOTO: This shows the east (or south-east) facing side of...
Not great photo quality, but shows you the idea
BETA PHOTO: Not great photo quality, but shows you the idea

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By Jeffrey LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Nov 28, 2011
and I always thought this place was just a myth...
By bradley white
From: Plymouth
Aug 22, 2012
Did I post a climb without posting the area in 2010? Anyway, there are five and maybe six routes in this area. Four or five are on the Monolith itself. I believe Chris did three routes on the east side besides retro bolting the Monolith route. One route (5.9-10) is on the wall west of Monolith that ascends a beautiful black water streak until below the woods. It looks like access to the woods is possible above the anchors. Its got some length to it. At least 80ft maybe more. Bolted and a good route. I have seen it close up but have not climbed it. This route and the others of Chris Buckley were done 2005-6. Route descriptions are overdue for the Monolith. I won't intrude on Chris Buckley's climbs beyond a couple of definite routes he did I know exactly where they go and the grade. I don't know the names or if he named them. We were alike about not naming our routes in obscure areas.