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Looking for steep climbing on big holds? Want a range of five star routes from 5.9 to 12d? Bonsai will serve you well. The left side of the wall is home to Kundalini (12d), Rumney's first 13, later downgraded after the discovery of a critical kneebar. Easier but always challenging at 10d is the peerless classic corner of Peer Pressure, Rumney's first sport route. The ever popular Social Outcast is a picture perfect 5.12a arete, juggy and pumpy with an exciting top out, and a great introduction to the grade if you have more endurance than power. The right side of the cliff offers more moderate climbing of equal quality, such as Masterpiece (10a), Centerpiece (10d) and War and Peace (5.9). The base of Bonsai is rimmed by tall pines, which offer shade in summer and also catch your feet as you lower off.
It is best to take the Shortcut Trail from the small parking lot. Leave the lot, head up the stairs, cross underneath Venus Wall. At the obvious boulder-strewn wash, cut uphill. This will deposit you on the right side of Bonsai.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bonsai:
Five Steps 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Bombs Away 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
War and Peace 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Masterpiece 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Jugline 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport
Centerpiece 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Peer Pressure 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Social Climber 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
Cavatelli 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport
Social Outcast 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
A Slice Of Life 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Social Distortion 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
The Noodle 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 70'
Kundalini 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Bonsai
Social Outcast 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a NH : Rumney : Bonsai
The unmistakable arete of Social Outcast can be seen from most points at or near Bonsai. Social offers steep climbing on mostly big holds. Begin with a hard sequence to gain the first jug on the route. Boulder a few moves on huge holds and climb slightly up until you can rest at a no-hands stance.From the rest, move right onto the arete proper. The big holds continue up the arete. Most people top out to the right and then walk left to clip the chains. The left, more direct, exit is harder and a ...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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