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Lots of boulder problem potential along this trail just waiting for action.
From Jay Knower, 11/26/12: The Davis Boulders, with some work, might become a central New Hampshire bouldering destination. There are hundreds of boulders scattered near the trail on the way up to Goodrich Rock. Some of the boulders have been cleaned and climbed, and they have yielded about forty problems so far. There are many more problems waiting to be unearthed by those with vision and creativity and a willingness to put in the work.
The rock is granite, with medium-sized crystals. This makes for sharp crimps but amazing slopers. Emmanuel Hudon described this area as "Like Pawtuckaway, but on a hill."
Because there are so many boulders, the heights vary, from extreme lowballs to scary highballs. The granite generally lacks holds. You can look at this as a detraction, as the area might not yield a high concentration of problems. But, the problems that do exist stand in stark contrast to the blank faces surrounding them. And the relative dearth of holds produces very technical yet powerful climbing. Aretes and corners seem to be the area's specialty.
Maybe the two mile approach will relegate this area to obscurity. That's for the better, I suppose, as the Davis Boulders have a peaceful aura about them. They're just sitting up there, high on a hillside in the White Mountains, beside a stream, on the way to Goodrich Rock.
Follow the signs. From the parking lot, it is just over a mile of flat terrain to access the Goodrich Rock Trail head, and another half mile up well groomed trail to reach the boulders.
The Davis Boulders have been separated into four areas:
As you're walking uphill, The Lower Davis Area begins at the Midway Boulder and extends to the stream crossing. The Central Davis Area begins at the Corridor Boulders and ends at the Shallow Corner Boulders. The Upper Davis Boulder Area includes all the bouldering around and past The Old Old Wooden Ship.
Discovery Valley is not located on the trail, but can be found about 300 yards north northeast of the Corridor Boulders.
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