|Deers Leap (Windham)
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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.
- **CAUTION, THIS AREA IS KNOWN TO HAVE MANY TICKS ALL SEASON (DEER TICKS AS WELL). USE PRECAUTION, BUG SPRAY, LONG PANTS etc.***
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.
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|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.
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.