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The Pound  

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Ladd Raine starting Pound Crack.


Collection of many quality, schist problems right next to the road 5 minutes from Rumney's main parking area.

The must do in my opinion is Welcome Crack and it is just stellar, Walk up the hill, cross the rock wall throw down your pad and climb the obvious crack to 18foot height at V1, it climbs like a route and you'll be sad when it is over.

Getting There 

When driving into the village of Rumney from Route 25, instead of taking a left onto Buffalo Rd towards the crags, turn right onto Quincy Rd. Drive a couple minutes and large boulders beside the road will be obvious. There is a 15ft tall boulder on the south side of the road almost in the road, it always has chalk on it, this is your marker. The rest of the problems are on the north side of the road.

Important: Park well off the road, look both ways when crossing and don't hang out in or close by the edge of the road! It is dangerous and really pisses off the locals, to the point where the town has seriously considered blowing up the EDCL boulder. Be good neighbors!

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.8 miles from here

95 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',58],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Pound:
Pine Tree Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 25'   Barn Door Boulder
Quincy Market   V0 4     Boulder, 13'   Stone Wall Boulder
Hemlock Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Pound Crack   V1 5     Boulder, 18'   Pound Crack Boulder
Front and Center   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Stone Wall Boulder
Barn Door   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Bang Boom   V2 5+     Boulder, 13'   Ship's Prow Boulder
EDCL   V2 5+     Boulder   EDCL Boulder
Prow Wow   V3- 6A     Boulder, 1 pitch, 14'   Prow Wow Boulder
Bad Ladder   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Skip and Sandy   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Skip and Sandy Boulder
Wicked Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 18'   Stone Wall Boulder
Crimp Ladder   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
The Whale's Tail   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 10'   Barn Door Boulder
Whale Calling Condor   V5- 6C     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Sherman's March   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   EDCL Boulder
Captain Condor   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Barn Door Boulder
Randy Moss   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Barn Door Boulder
Smoke and Mirrors   V6 7A     Boulder, 14'   Smoke and Mirrors Boulder
Deacon Variation   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Skip and Sandy Boulder
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Matt on EDCL.

EDCL V2 5+  NH : Rumney : ... : EDCL Boulder
Start on the base of the finger crack that faces the road on a big jug. Climb the crack in full view of passersby, careful to not let your head get the better of you on this highball classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Jan 3, 2009
There is plenty more potential in this area, if you continue walking uphill there is a variety of boulders of different shapes and sizes that can be bouldered and if you continue up there is some potential for some hard bolted routes. The boulders in this area get neglected because the falls are scary but with enough spotters and pads there could be a lot of quality stuff up here.

Also if you were to walk east past the Stone Wall Boulder and Smoke and Mirrors Boulder, away from the main pound section, there are a lot of little boulders that are great for beginners if they got a little more attention, my friend Alex coined this Munchkin Land due to the fact that they are relatively short problems.
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Apr 9, 2010
A HUGE thanks to Jay for reorganizing The Pound by boulder!

Also I have written the descriptions for each boulder, if anyone has anything they think I should add to a description for any boulders please put it in the comments and I will gladly add the info in.
By Matt Marchand
From: Coventry, CT/Plymouth, NH
Oct 9, 2013
I found a cool line high up on the hillside the other day. Its comes out of a cave on a pretty steep face and tops out on good holds. The landings a little sketcy but all and all it was a fun climb, definitely worth checking out. Follow the trail up past the established hillside boulder to the top of the hill and turn right after about 30 yards you see a look out back towards rumney rocks with some exposed rock. The cave is inbetween two boulders. Climbs from left to right.
By Tim Waystrong
From: New Hampshire
May 22, 2014
I found a New England bouldering guide book right next to Tweekers at the pound the other day. If anyone has lost this let me know and I can get it to you.
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!