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Darth Vadar,Rumney, NH. June 2011

Description 

At the cross-roads of many of Rumney's upper crags, the compact upper and lower walls of Darth Vader offer routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.12. This crag is a popular destination for intermediate climbers and a heavily traveled warm up area.

The main attraction to this crag are arguably THE two best 5.9s at Rumney: Yoda (5.9) and Obi-Won-Ryobi (5.9+). These side-by-side climbs at "Lower 'Vader" offer stellar moves and are literally right off of the trail en route to Waimea and the other upper crags. If there is not a line for these climbs, it is hard to find excuse not to run up them! Lower Vader is also home the crag's only 5.12s, which are seldom done and often overlooked.

Upper Vader is a good choice for intermediates and groups, as there is a 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, and 5.8 next to each other on the far right end of the wall. The left end of Upper Vader offers two short and pumpy climbs: Three Easy Pieces (5.11a) and Easter Squal (5.10d).

this video has most of the routes at Darth Vadar on it.


Getting There 

Park in the far lot, walk down the road, start hiking at the woods at utility pole #37. Follow engraved wooden signs for "Waimea" or "Darth Vader." Hike up the progressively steepening trail while passing a few large boulders on the left side of the trail. The first crag you get to will be Lower Vader. To get to Upper Vader, walk to climber's right of Lower Vader and take a left up a steep trail. Take the next Left possible, which may or may not be obscured by a fallen tree.


9 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Darth Vader:
Yoda   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Darth Vader   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Oby-won Ryobi   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Jedi Mind Tricks   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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My dad leading Yoda on a cold April day (you can't see it, but it was snowing)....

Yoda 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NH : Rumney : Darth Vader
Yoda is what I look for in a 5.9 sport climb, and is one of my favorite warm-ups... Also a very popular first 5.9 lead....For a relatively short climb, you will get a great variety of movements and techniques out of it....A steep, strong start leads to a great foot hold out right where you rest a minute and figure out this cruxy section (jamming and fingerlocking will help) as you get over the bulge, but most people just keep pulling till the angle eases up a bit.... A short slab leads to a crac...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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cliping a bomber piece on Yoda...
cliping a bomber piece on Yoda...
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some dork in a nice kneebar on Yoda
some dork in a nice kneebar on Yoda
chilling in the vadar cave
chilling in the vadar cave
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By lee hansche
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From: goffstown, nh
Jul 2, 2008

i did a fun link up today starting on Yoda and finishing on Darth Vader... I thought it took the best parts of the two routes and was more sustained...

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
May 22, 2010

The approach directions should really be changed to going up the Short Cut trail, rather than walking up the road. It is faster and eliminates friction with local drivers

By Tyler Newcomb
Dec 26, 2012

As of probably October, and probably still there is a lot of large loose rpck out to the left, so use the right side to hike to the back.

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Dec 26, 2012

Are you reffering to the trail, Tyler?

By Tyler Newcomb
Jan 25, 2013

Actually, I meant a little off trail where ther is also slippery moss, but yes right neer there

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Apr 9, 2013

here is a video showing ascents of, Darth Vadar 5.9, Jedi Mind Tricks 5.12b, The Caged 5.12d, Storm Troopers 5.12c and the link up Space Balls 5.12b/c... enjoy