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Deers Leap (Windham)

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Deers Leap (Windham) Rock Climbing 

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Location: 42.7682, -71.2975 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jeremy A on Nov 29, 2012
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The history of climbing at Deers' Leap, Windham NH.
Deers* leap is an old cliff of very old and weathered granite, many of its cracks are well rounded and in some spots the rock is loose, so be careful. There are several seperate ledges that are all part of the same line of rock that forms the ridge that is the leap. Any original climbing done at the leap was done on the main face by the pond. Over the years these ledges have received many visitors but most of these were picnicers or beer drinkers. Not much climbing development went on here for many years untill recently(since 1977).

A guide to Deers Leap. Andy Kling 1984

Unfotunately the climbs here have degraded over the past years due to little traffic. Many of the routes have been re-claimed by lichen. Some or most of the boulder problems will need some cleanup. But if you can see past the lichen and have motivation to do some easy scrubbing it will be well worth it as all the routes present great positions and climbing on interesting horizontal features.

This area is broken up in to 3 of the major walls. The Main Face, Andy's Cliff (Middle Cliff), Porcupine Cliff.


Getting There 

Follow 111A West via exit 3 off 93. Take Marblehead Rd to Deer Run. After Deer Run look for a dirt road on the right (Woodbury Rd) with Multiple camp signs. Follow this to a parking area on the left. Park and hike in. Stay right at the fork brings you to the Main Face overlooking the now dried up pond. Staying left at the fork will lead you to the smaller walls.

Climbing Season

For the Southern NH and Seacoast area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Deers Leap (Windham)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Deers Leap (Windham):
Georges Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 60'   
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Georges Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  NH : Southern NH and Seacoast : Deers Leap (Windham)
GEORGE'S R0UTE(5.6+)-Traverse the two large cracks until you come to a small crack system. Follow this to the top finishing in the wedge at the top ten feet to the left of the cave. The main Cliff hosts many bee's nests in the summer months..So keep an eye out....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of Deers Leap (Windham) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Face
Main Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Welcoming sign at the trail head.
Welcoming sign at the trail head.
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview layout. Various Boulders or small walls a...
Overview layout. Various Boulders or small walls a...
Rock Climbing Photo: 4
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy's Cliff
Andy's Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder problem
Boulder problem
Rock Climbing Photo: A few bouldering routes on this.
A few bouldering routes on this.
Rock Climbing Photo: 2
Rock Climbing Photo: 35 ft cliff
35 ft cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Porcupine Cliff
Porcupine Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Top Rope Sport
Top Rope Sport
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: I hiked in and took some pictures today. Looks lik...
I hiked in and took some pictures today. Looks lik...
Rock Climbing Photo: main Face
main Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Bolted over hang
Bolted over hang
Rock Climbing Photo: 1
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the smaller crags.
One of the smaller crags.
Rock Climbing Photo: 3
Rock Climbing Photo: Another pretty face.
Another pretty face.
Rock Climbing Photo: 4.1

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By Jeremy A
From: NH
Nov 29, 2012
The original guide book can be found per this link.
By Just Jesse
From: Methuen, MA
Dec 20, 2012
Nice... I'm glad someone finally put Deers Leap up on MP. Thanks Jeremy. It may be helpful to note that decades of high school partying have left the area below the main cliff awash in broken glass. Bring a tarp for your rope (and if you're super awesome, a trash bag to pack some of it out).
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Apr 17, 2013
I was interested in finding out what happened to the pond over the past few years and after a few queries I came across this great write-up on Simpson Pond (now known as Moeckel Pond) and the mill that was sat at the south tip.

So the pdf mentions: "After becoming widowed, Gertrude C. Moeckel transferred property to Gertrude E. Moeckel Linton and James R. Linton in 1963. Upon the death of Gertrude Linton (2006), the property passed from her trust to a triumvirate of owners in the hope that it could be used for the greater good. Unfortuantely, an unrepaired crack in the dam has forced the draining of the mill pond, leaving a muddy meadow unable to sustain the wildlife that once dwelt there. Efforts are underway to restore the dam and the pond and make it available to the people of Windham."

I hope the town finds a way to restore the pond... it was a nice little spot.

By Christopher C
Jun 15, 2013
Very dirty walls. We found 2 nice climbs and did a bit of cleaning. Lots of broken glass. Bring long lines for the top rope anchors.
By HaileyC
Sep 18, 2013
me and my brother free climbed the main face of the leap. it was awesome. dont do it if you have any doubt in yourself.
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Sep 20, 2013
Hi Hailey, by "free climbed", do you mean "free soloed"? If you're confused these terms, it suggests to me that you are a beginner, and therefore should not be soloing. It's best to hook up with an experienced climber (or a guide) and learn the tricks of the trade. There have been many local crags that have been closed because locals have thought themselves "climbers" and tried to scale the cliffs. When bad things happen to these "climbers", it gives the rest of us climbers (those of us who climb safely and have been trained to do so) a bad name and jeopardizes access to some of our favorite spots.

If you'd like a referral to a local guide service, just PM me, and I'd be happy to point you to some reputable guides.
By Evan V
From: Nashua, New Hampshire
May 16, 2015
Awesome problem, Id guess V4-5. Still cant top it.
Just wondering if this problem had an existing name and grade.

It is on the right side of a 25' cliff. In the old guide someone uploaded it is in the "Hump or Die" area and could quite possible be Hump or Die..

Rock Climbing Photo: In "Hump or Die" section Via old guide.
In "Hump or Die" section Via old guide.
By Jeremy A
From: NH
Jun 25, 2015
This is known as the "Arrow trail or "Hump or Die". V4+. The route starts down left and traverses up to the roof position in the picture. If the top out is scrubbed you can get a decent enough hand to surmount the roof. Glad people are climbing out there again. There is a lot of great boulder problems with in that area. Definitely need some TLC. Enjoy.

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