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If you've driven down the Kancamagus, chances are you have seen Rainbow Slabs. The 200 feet of southeast-facing, water-streaked granite offer moderate but extremely run-out friction climbing.

Getting There 

The approach to the slabs definitely adds to the adventure of climbing here. Drive east on the Kancamagus, until you reach the Lower Falls parking area. If the Swift River is low enough, you can park at a pullout (marked by a break in the guard rail) just west of the Lower Falls lot. Ford the river and cut into the woods to find the Nanamocomuck ski trail. Walk east on the trail until you find a small wooden sign with mileages marked on it. From here, turn north into the woods, following a trail that leads through to the base of the slabs.

If the river is too high, you can park at the Albany covered bridge and walk along the Nanamocomuck trail to the afore-mentioned point.

Understand that past the Nanamocomuck trail, the way may or may not be well-marked, and that getting lost is a possibility!

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rainbow Slabs:
Face Dances    5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 200'   The Mid Section
Perfect Wave   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   The Perfect Wave
Take A Giant Step   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   The Perfect Wave
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Take A Giant Step 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c NH : Kancamagus Crags : ... : The Perfect Wave
Start at the lefthand edge of the Perfect Wave, 40 feet below a small overlap.P1: Paddle up the easy 5.4 slab, past the overlap to a belay ledge above, 70 feet.P2: Climb up and left from the belay ledge to a bolt at the base of a bulging, blank slab. Pull past this to the next bolt, and then and angle even more left to a horizontal crack, 90 feet.P3: From here, climb unprotected to the trees....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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