Newfound Lake Rock Climbing
Newfound in late season conditions (late March) wi...
A fun little ice crag with a few worth while lines... Actually all the climbs that regularly form are really nice , then there are some obscure mixed or less reliable routes that are worth doing if they are in, but not classics... Crowds can sometimes an issue on weekends but midweek its a nice secret stash... The biggest challenge is the parking situation which is often changing... The roads are narrow so parking on the sides of the road is out... There was a small parking area a little north of the cliff that was recently developed by the owner of the property... Word on the street is that the owners of the lot are cool with you parking as long as you ask... If anyone has more info on parking please post...
There are Two popular routes both of which hold a few variations between grade 3 and 4... There is also a nice grade 5 curtain when it is in good shape... Routes are all 1 or 2 pitches and finish in the woods... Double 60m ropes will get you down from all routes... You can also walk off to the left (south) but its much easier to rap...
The best part of the crag is that you don't have to drive far for fat consistent ice... Rumney is great but it gets too much sun to be reliable... Being east facing, Newfound only gets the cold early morning light and there for it forms well...
From south take exit 23 and head west on route 104 to the town of Bristol... At the town center take a right onto Lake st. (route 3A)... Follow this till you can take a left on to West Shore Rd.... Follow West Shore with the lake on your right till you see the ice climbs on your left (its a pretty obvious cliff at the top of a short steep hill)... Drive by the crag and the parking area is the next spot on the left... Ask Permission to park unless you know you can do otherwise...
From the north take exit 26 as for Rumney and head west... At the traffic circle Head south on Route 3A for a while till you see a sign for the town of Hebron (This is North Shore Rd.) Follow North Shore Rd. in to Hebron and take a left on to West Shore Rd... If you know where to park you will get there before you see the cliff otherwise drive by the cliff and turn around to find the parking...
From the parking spot walk 5 min south to the steep hill and up to the cliff...
Climbing Season For the * Ice and Mixed Climbing area.
Weather station 1.1 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Newfound Lake
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Featured Route For Newfound Lake
: * Ice and Mixed Climbing
: Newfound Lake
This is the best line at Newfound in my humble opinion... There are a few ways to get after it and all variations are fun... On a busy day you can have two ropes on the route on independent lines the left (harder) and the right (slightly more moderate)... I normally do this route in 1 long pitch but some do split it up by belaying at a tree on the left between the two hard sections...Climb the beginning one of three ways... Either climb a really fun chimney on the left where you are climbing ice...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
By Jason Gates
Feb 4, 2015
HAHA I was wondering why this place seemed to get super cold forecasts... The wunderground weather link is attached to RANDOLPH NH, not Bristol :) I love checking the weather on MP.
By Russ Keane
Mar 2, 2015
This place is great! Bloodline is amazingly fat, long, and interesting... especially for a moderate (WI3) climb.
Fun day in a beautiful and peaceful setting!