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North Marsh Boulders (aka South Seas) Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.1162, -71.1797 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: BDalhaus, Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: BDalhaus on Mar 27, 2008
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So you're on the slabs, the dome, the lower cliff, or the trailside boulders and you look across the marsh to see a giant boulder hidden in the trees. Maybe at some point you go look, but most people don't. What you miss out on is a secluded little area with a bunch of easy to moderate highballs and a few quality shorter problems that in the end would add up to a good day out bouldering.

The granite here is the same as Round Pond and the climbs are shaded for most of the day. There are crimps, cracks, jugs, slopers and even a pocket or two. The majority of the landings are flat, with one exception - there is a rock sitting beneath a difficult highball. People have been climbing here for years and you know you're interested, so go take a look.

Getting There 

This small cluster of boulders is sitting between North Marsh and the road. Drive down to Round Pond on Reservation Rd and you'll see them on the left. Park, walk back about 3 minutes, skip into the woods, and you're there.

Climbing Season

For the *Pawtuckaway area.

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in North Marsh Boulders (aka South Seas)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Marsh Boulders (aka South Seas):
Dead Center   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 14'   
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Featured Route For North Marsh Boulders (aka South Seas)
Rock Climbing Photo: This photo shows the starting hold (blue) and gene...

Pace Is The Trick V7-8 7B  NH : *Pawtuckaway : North Marsh Boulders (aka S...
Start sitting with hands matched on the lowest incut crimp rail. Bump the left hand to one of two crimp gastons and then make a powerful pull to another small crimp rail that is a long ways away. Perhaps use a small knobby pinch to get there. If you make it that far, mostly good holds await. Follow these to an easy, but somewhat dirty top out just right of the tree.Sharp, powerful, crimpy- in no particular order.With some traffic, the top out will clean up nicely....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of North Marsh Boulders (aka South Seas) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Rope Swing Boulder
The Rope Swing Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: The South Seas Boulder
The South Seas Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown line, very fun though!
Unknown line, very fun though!

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By Tim J.
From: Loudon, NH
May 14, 2015
Anyone know what the line to the right of Dead Center and left of the arete is? I cleaned, or recleaned, it over the last few weeks and am wondering about the history of it. Really good line, great landing. Needs more traffic for sure. It felt around v7 to me.

Rock Climbing Photo: Line climbs just to the left of the near arete
Line climbs just to the left of the near arete

Rock Climbing Photo: Line from straight on
Line from straight on
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
May 15, 2015
I believe it has been done from a stand. Not sure about the sit. As far as I know, it doesn't have a name. I've climbed a bunch of the other lines in this area, but I never tried that one. It was always very mossy/wet whenever I was there.
By Tim J.
From: Loudon, NH
May 16, 2015
Yup, the second move out of the sit was the crux for me. As for the water, when I started poking around it was pretty wet but as of a couple days ago it's dried out completely. Worth giving it a second look. Beware at the top, there was some loose rock. It was mostly around a left hand crimp right before the lip. I think it's done breaking but be warned.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
May 16, 2015
Cool. I would say post it and give it a name.

It's good to get more stuff documented in that area, especially harder climbs.
By Jason Scott Heacock
From: Nashua, NH
Oct 28, 2015
Just recently did I look for and climb on this boulder, the quality was superb and reminded me of the Yosemite boulder. What a pleasure and without chalk everywhere!

I also feel that there is room for climbing development still here. Just bring a long brush...
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 28, 2015
Most of the shorter lines have been climbed, but have started to lose the battle with moss again. The big boulder down by the marsh has a number of outstanding potential highball lines, particularly on the face that faces the marsh. But they're going to need to be cleaned on a rope, not with a stick brush. So if you're looking to put up some proud FAs here, get ready to put in some real work!
By Jason Scott Heacock
From: Nashua, NH
Oct 28, 2015
I agree Christian, a non metal wire brush and rope up. I did not even look at the smaller boulders, the large one closer to the marsh is my preference.

I also wanted to add, it seems there are a lot of problems in the park that are not on MP, I do not have Bryce's guide book and that is a little unfortunate that I find amazing problems and cannot find out what it is. (off the top of my head, the problem 5'-10' to the right of Provia {crimp face} and a few lines at this location....
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 28, 2015
Sticking strictly to non metal brushes for big lichen cleanup jobs in New England, especially on granite is a little impractical, though yeah, you want to be more gentle on established lines and use non metal for regular chalk and light cleanup. Definitely never brash brushes, as they (and some plastic ones) leave a deposit.

Bryce's book is definitely worth getting imo, even though it has a few quirks that some may or not appreciate. A few areas were deliberately left sparse, but there is a lot of good information. It would be nice to see more of Pawtuckaway documented here though.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 29, 2015
Mark-- Good to know about brass brushes. I had never heard that. As Mark said, in general, the rock at Pawtuckaway isn't very susceptible to damage from wire brushes and it is virtually impossible to clean large patches of lichen without them. If you happen to clean a line where the rock is a little more fine grained, then I would go easy with the wire brushes, but in general the rock around there is pretty coarse.

I like the fact that there is a documented side to Pway and an undocumented side, especially as usage increases. I try to post up things that I think are worthwhile, but many of the lines that aren't on here simply aren't very memorable and probably not worth documenting.

There are many boulders worth developing that are much better than these ones if you take the time to look. And the approaches are just as simple. Since I spend so much time developing areas in Colorado, it isn't really a focus of mine when I'm in NH, but I'm happy to share areas that I've found if people are willing to put in the work.

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