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Kinsman Notch

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Kinsman Notch  


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Location: 44.0358, -71.7933 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: BrianWinslow on Mar 5, 2008
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Description 

Kinsman Notch is perched high above rt. 112 just outside of North Woodstock. On the weekends the area is usually very crowded for a few good reasons

-There are a great variety of climbs (from WI2-WI4+ and even some mixed climbing) in close proximity to one another.
-The ice generally comes in fat with a few exceptions.
-Most of the climbs are easy to top rope from trees above (bring some long runners.)
-The heavily wooded area generally keeps the sun off of the ice and the wind out of the crag.
-North Woodstock has some interesting dining (check out the $1 egg sandwiches at the gas station) and is a classic old New Hampshire country town.

The crag has two distinct sections around the main flows. On the right the Pot o' Gold and Leprechaun's Lement area have numerous climbs and variations, and about 400 yards further left lies The Beast area. The trail from the nondescript parking lot will take you up (very steeply) to the right hand side of the crag, at the base of Pot o' Gold. Follow the cliff line to the left to reach the base of the other climbs.

Getting There 

Go west from exit 32 off of I-93 into North Woodstock, at a blinking light take a slight left to stay on rt.112, continue on this road for about 5 miles then stop at a less than obvious pull off on the left side of the road (generally plowed out and full of cars on the weekend.) Hike up the hill towards the ice you can see from the car, aiming for the right (hopefully the trail is broken down for you. The trail is steep so bring your cardio lungs or get your but kicked.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.4 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Kinsman Notch:
Kilarney   WI2+     Ice   
Shamrock   WI4-     Ice   
Pot o' Gold   WI4     Ice   
The Beast    WI4+     Ice, 2 pitches, 160'   
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By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Mar 26, 2008
BrianWinslow wrote:
North Woodstock has some interesting dining (check out the $1 egg sandwiches at the gas station) and is a classic old New Hampshire country town.


Brian, I don't know which gas station you went to, but if the sandwiches are that good, I'll have to redefine my idea of "dining."
By BrianWinslow
From: Concord, NH
Mar 27, 2008
I couldn't remember the name for a while but I just drove through this weekend, Wayne's has $.99 egg sandwiches and coffee and it makes me laugh. On a serious note the Woodstock Inn and Brewery is great all the way around.
By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Jul 18, 2010
Does anybody have any information on rock climbs in this area? Some of the crags look promising from the road.
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Jul 19, 2010
Mark, check with cunningham and sykes, I think they are putting out a new guidebook for the area.
By keohan68
From: Landaff,NH
Sep 8, 2013
This area was described to me as "Luck of the Irish"? I went there at the end of last season. It can get crowded on the weekends for sure, but is a great place to practice skills.