The Prow Finish.... A great, exposed pitch....
The unsuspecting tourists looking east off of Cathedral's tourist overlook may not realize that there is a nice ledge 30 feet below them.... This is the ledge that Recompense (5.9) finishes on.... There are a number of fun, short routes that start from here great for adding a pitch on to routes like Recompense, Upper Refuse (5.5), or The Book of Solemnity (5.10), or some non-committing cragging with killer exposure....
Whether you want to test you finger crack skills on the Prow Finish, or give perspective to a head strong beginner on Comeau's Finish (5.7), one thing will be consistent when you get to the top on a weekend day you will be the hero of the crowd on top, and you will be asked a bunch of questions like "how long did it take", "did you just climb that", "is there someone else down there" as you yell down to, and belay your second....
Take the questions in stride and enjoy the spot light....
Climb a route like Recompense (5.9), Upper Refuse, or the Book of Solemnity (5.10a) to the ledge.... From the tourist fence, walk around to the right (south) and under the overlook via a worn trail....
Be careful, it's a long way down....
Climbing Season For the *Cathedral Ledge area.
Weather station 2.0 miles from here
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The Prow finish 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a NH
: *Cathedral Ledge
: Tourist Overlook
Though this is not its own route it is worthy to note as its my favorite pitch on this section of rock.... I often climb it after doing The Book of Solemnity (5.10a) or Recompense (5.9)....Start with the down climb to the right as for Comeau's Finish (5.7) and make the traverse move to the right.... When you gain the crack rather than continuing across the slab head straight up the crack that thins and steepens until you are on an awesome 5.10a finger crack, and if you look down, you will notice...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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Matt Hogan physed to be way up there.