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Gem Hunter  

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Elevation: 1,600'
Location: 43.8415, -71.8233 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jeffrey LeCours on Jun 24, 2010
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looking down at the town of Rumney from the Gem Hu...


This small crag is located high up on the east side of rattlesnake mountain and can be seen from Stinson Lake Road. A couple of routes (11b and 10d) are a secluded from the majority of the crag; the rest of the routes at this crag range from 5.7 to 10b.

Expect to climb in the sun. Expect to clear out huge spiders. Expect to have a nice climbing experience away from the typical Rumney crowds. And oh yeah, expect a fun approach hike.

Getting There 

Instead of heading west on Buffalo Road, head north on Main Street (eventually turning into Stinson Lake Road) for about 2.4 miles. You'll cross over Loveland Bridge (there's a nice informational sign) and reach a small dirt pull off on the right. Keep an eye out and you can see the cliff up above.

Grab everything you'll need (water, bug spray, etc) because you won't want to walk back to the car. Cross the road and breach the roadside brush wherever easiest. Look around and you'll find small orange flags on branches that mark the trail. Some of the branches have fallen but the trail should be designated enough for you to find subsequent flags.

Pass a large boulder as you continue up the steep trailside. Be careful while you try to follow the final leg of the trail to the main cliff. 30 to 40 minutes for approach/descent is a good estimate.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.1 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gem Hunter:
Crutch Factory   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
Spanning the Gap   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   
Lidless Eyes   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Rock Hound   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
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Tourmaline Dreams 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NH : Rumney : Gem Hunter
Up the big, blocky crystals to a crux after the 2nd bolt. The 3rd bolt is hidden from the ground but is just past some the bigger of the blocky crystals above. Take a second to check out the black tourmaline gems above but please leave them for the next rock dancer to appreciate. Some of the rock can easily flick off, so be careful if your belayer is directly below you....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jun 28, 2010
Very hard cliff for me to find (im color blind to red/orange so the trail markers were hard to see) jakob found em for me though... really the hike would be no big deal if there was a trail...

Much of the crag is a bit crumbly, i might have added stars for solid rock... this should get better with some traffic...

overall, a good crag but i wont be back too often...
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jan 14, 2011
Agree, it's a nice place to check out for a change of scenery and to get away from the crowds while still being able to clip bolts. One thing is nice, you can go up with just a half rope and small rack of draws. The routes are short, but end up being more fun than they look for the most part..not really a place you will want to go back to often though. One and 2 star routes in a nice spot. Tim, you are nuts. 3 stars? :) We are going to have to have a 7 star grading system.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jun 23, 2013
The "trail" has gotten even harder to find... if anyone goes up there it would be great to bring some trail marking tape and freshen it up... i will if i go back but now that i've done all the routes i don't know if i will be up there again in the next decade...
By Eric Leclerc
From: Montreal
May 3, 2014
If the trail was well marked, this would be an ideal crag to bring new climbers and initiate them to rock climbing. the routes are short and moderate in grade. That would help the Parking Lot crag and The Meadows.
You can spend the day on a nice ledge with a great view over the valley.
Too bad I just read Lee's comment about putting new markers on the trees to make the trail easier to follow. I will try to go for a hike on a rest day and mark the trail so its easier for people to find.
I really liked the 11b and the 10d. Both have interesting moves at the top.
I never encountered as many huge spiders and wasps. Luckily, both were at a slow pace.