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Romeo's Ladder 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Don Hubbard
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Submitted By: Peter Jackson on Aug 10, 2010  with updates from Brian Malone and 1 more

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BETA PHOTO: Unnamed climbers on Romeo's Ladder. Photo circa 19...


Center jam cracks up through the upstream-facing face. The hand jams are amazing, though there are a few face holds to help you out.

First Ascent was Don Hubbard as mentioned.
Additional Information: The Year Don Hubbard first climbed Romeo's Ladder was 1940.
Source: A Climber' Guide to Great Falls Park
Nelson, B.A. and Grossman, S.I.
Geneva Spur Limited, Virgina 1975.


Just shy of 500 Feet downstream of Juliet's Balcony. There's a large, upstream-facing corner with fist-width cracks throughout. The classic Romeo's Ladder route runs directly up the center of the crack system.


Toprope is best. Can be led with fist-sized pro, but leading at Great Falls is not recommended. Pro pulls out of the rock.

Photos of Romeo's Ladder Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Romeo's Ladder in February
BETA PHOTO: Romeo's Ladder in February
Rock Climbing Photo: Opening up on Romeo's ladder
Opening up on Romeo's ladder
Rock Climbing Photo: Romeo's Ladder & Romeo's Nose climbed with our TR
BETA PHOTO: Romeo's Ladder & Romeo's Nose climbed with our TR
Rock Climbing Photo: Romeo's

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By Michael Fraizer
Feb 1, 2014

Romeo's Ladder is 450 feet downstream from Juliet's Balcony.
By Peter Jackson
From: Rumney, NH
Feb 3, 2014

Thanks Michael. I updated the text to reflect the longer walk.
By Brian Malone
From: Olney, Maryland
Jun 1, 2015

This climb is perputually rigged on the weekends. Get there early if you want to climb it..
By Peter Jackson
From: Rumney, NH
Jun 2, 2015

@brian Romeo's Ladder was your first climb in 1978? That's awesome! It must have been much harder (but doable) in the footgear of the time. My first time up this route I was wearing Doc Martin boots.

It's definitely a popular route, and with good reason.

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