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here is the layout... #3 is set back cause its a second pitch...

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By Jeffrey LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Dec 2, 2011

Woah... there's a trail to monolith? Nice!

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Dec 2, 2011

It has some kind of cool scrambling and I have run into a bear out there. To get to the Monolith you scramble and hike around and above The Highlands (incorrectly named Summit Crag), then drop down to the Monolith. Rapping in is the easiest. There is a wall to the left of Flee Surgeon that you would have to rap into that may be worth getting on.

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 2, 2011

Mark- is this the wall you speak of that is worth rapping in to? mountainproject.com/v/107387720

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 2, 2011

Jeff- "trail" might be more like it, haha... the section on this map is a solid trail but then you scramble a bit and follow the edge of the cliff til you get there...

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Dec 2, 2011

I am not sure, Lee. It looked intriguing, but I was always on a mission so never actually rapped into it. Unfortunately it is guarded by nasty scrambling if you tried to get to it from Flee Surgeon's base, but if the wall turns out OK, maybe a fixed line would make access reasonable. Either that or send Bradley up to it.

I had that trail over the top cut out and flagged at one point, but I am sure it has grown back and had lots of windfall since.

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 2, 2011

oh wait, no that shot was taken from Monolith so thats in the yellowknife gully not part of the Highlands... my bad, but still an interesting piece of rock that would require a rap to access...

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 2, 2011

sounds like you are talking about the area on the left... the mystery route i photographed is the spot marked on the right...
sounds like you are talking about the area on the left... the mystery route i photographed is the spot marked on the right...

Mark- if im not mistaken, the spot you are talking about is the left one i circled and the one im talking about is on the right...

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Dec 2, 2011

What I was talking about is just to the left of the left circle I think. It faced towards the Flee Surgeon Buttress. I remember it looking fairly broad, but maybe not so tall. Hopefully it is not disappointingly short when you actually get on it. With the funky approach, I remember thinking it could be cool, but that attention around Very Nice Crack probably made more sense first or even right around the Surgeon. If I were going back up there, if the first ascentionists didn't mind, I would probably spend my efforts on retroing some of the routes at NWT and Giant's Chimney. I think Giant's would be super cool bolted and cleaned for a wild moderate route. It is a grungy death route the way it is now. Maybe a sport route would get you up where you could get over to Paper Wafer's anchor easily without squeezing it too much if Bradley and Tom thought that was cool.

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 2, 2011

while we are on the topic of the obscure... do you know what the crack is with the bolted anchor up the death gully from very nice crack a ways on the left... looks pretty cool... i took a photo of it but forgot to post it...

i like your idea of bolting giants chimney im not looking forward to sketching up it right now haha...

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Dec 2, 2011

I have no idea about the crack with the anchor, sorry. Do the bolts look newish? I remember poking around up there, but I don't think I ended up putting an actual anchor in. If I did it would be glue-ins or stainless Rawl bolts.

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 3, 2011

yeah, looked pretty new... just bolts not glue-ins, no rings, links or chains... didnt look like your handy work... cool looking crack though...

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Aug 9, 2013

Sorry, Lee. I screwed up your map. The top routes are now in the Northwest Passage area.

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here is the layout... #3 is set back cause its a second pitch...

Submitted By: lee hansche on Nov 30, 2011