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Area 51 Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.0994, -71.1814 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: BDalhaus, Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M Sprague on Mar 3, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Area 51 - Here is a map BDalhaus, sent me years ag...


This is the large scattered bouldering area located on and below the south slope of South Mountain. There are many top quality problems with huge potential for more in a setting away from the crowds.

(This is just a start to get the area listed. If you have info, please add it. I think we will need an overview map and maybe sub areas)

Getting There 

See map Drive in via Reservation Rd, and if the gate is open (otherwise park here), take a left onto Tower Rd (it says Mountain rd on the map) and in a few hundred yards park on the rt at the junction with Mountain Tr. (Look for #5 on park map) Walk in here and instead of breaking left like you were going to the tower, stay straight (bearing rt.) until you are coming down the south slope of S Mountain. Break left off the dirt track as you just start coming into more hemlocks and before you get to a small marsh on your left, and head basically east with S Mountain on your left and the marsh on your rt. You will first go by more scattered boulders, then the boulders get better, bigger and more clustered. It might take you 10 min from the trailhead to get to the turn off and another 10 to get to the main clusters, with many boulders along the way. Look both up on the slope and down in the hemlocks. There are some great ones hidden down a bit including the huge Mowgli Boulder.

Climbing Season

For the *Pawtuckaway area.

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Area 51

Bermuda Triangle V2-3 5+  NH : *Pawtuckaway : ... : Bermuda Triangle Boulder
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Photos of Area 51 Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The 30 foot plus Mowgli Boulder, with routes up to...
BETA PHOTO: The 30 foot plus Mowgli Boulder, with routes up to...
Rock Climbing Photo: The "easy" east side of the Mowgli Bould...
BETA PHOTO: The "easy" east side of the Mowgli Bould...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave Quinn's 18 ft tall Yosemite Crack, Area 51
BETA PHOTO: Dave Quinn's 18 ft tall Yosemite Crack, Area 51
Rock Climbing Photo: Pic gives you an idea the size of the Mowgli bould...
Pic gives you an idea the size of the Mowgli bould...
Rock Climbing Photo: Highball face on the way from the Yosemite Cluster...
BETA PHOTO: Highball face on the way from the Yosemite Cluster...
Rock Climbing Photo: Area 51 - Magic Pond overview map
BETA PHOTO: Area 51 - Magic Pond overview map

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By Andrew7
From: pepperell mass
Aug 10, 2016
Went out to find it the other day could only find the sun boulder. I also only saw one piece of pink tape then saw thee green. (Was I so close ? ) I know the ice storm took care of the trail entrance, but we could kinda follow. We came to a spot were we couldn't find the remaining trail or see any boulders. Please tell me I was really close and just didn't go far enough.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 13, 2010
I don't think I will be able to get back to doing this section any time soon (too many other projects). If somebody would like to take over, just speak to an administrator to switch it over
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Nov 10, 2010
How many routes already exist here? are they documented anywhere else?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Nov 10, 2010
I would think at least 50, probably more. Ward and Chris Smith, Dave Quinn and I did some development maybe 6 years ago, then I showed Brett and he, Vasya and others put up more routes, particularly on the huge Mowgli boulder. Unfortunately, I had most of my information in a GPS that died before I downloaded it and I can't remember much of who did what or names. I'll need to head out there to refresh my memory. I only named a few of them. Besides the Mowgli boulder, I remember naming the Walrus, Penguin, Ass Boulder. There were also the Yosemite Boulders (lots of cool cracks), Entrance(Sun?) boulder and a bunch of others.
BDalhaus sent me a map of what he had, that I was going to fill in, but I got into going out to Greens etc., so haven't been back to this area, and I haven't been able to get anything from the other guys yet. Maybe in a few weeks I'll run in there and write stuff down.
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Nov 10, 2010
Thanks for the info Mark, a couple people and I were thinking of heading there, so I was curious.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Nov 22, 2010
Did you make it out there?
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Apr 17, 2011
I never made it out there last season, but this season is just staring so hopefully :)
By M Sprague
From: New England
Apr 18, 2011
I went out there this weekend just to look around. I saw some chalk, but a lot of the routes were getting lost to moss again so will need recleaning. It is amazing how fast stuff grows back here in the NE
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Nov 4, 2013
There really are some amazing and spectacular lines on these boulders. There's a lot of so so stuff too, but the good lines are really good. The rock quality is much better here than Magic Pond and for the most part the features and angles are more interesting. The hike is also much shorter and pretty easy.

I would guess that most of the lines have been done at one time or another, but everything will feel like a first ascent. The proudest lines are going to require some serious cleaning on rappel but they are definitely worth it. As stated above, bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to work hard cleaning!

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