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Rumney Ice Climbs  

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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jan 31, 2007
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Obviously the best thing at Rumney is sport climbing but the ice at Rumney is really fun. And much closer if you are coming from the south (and most people are) than the more popular ice areas.

The down side to ice climbing at Rumney is the same as the up side: southern exposure. On the down side the sun can bake the ice off the rock fairly quickly. The up side is it will keep you nice and warm compared to the north-facing cliffs that get more attention. However, a few cloudy cold days can build the ice up well enough to put up with the sun for a few days at a time. Bottom line is that Rumney is worth making a trip to in the winter to climb some ice. I find there is always something to climb in January and February even early March. Other months are hit or miss.

The classic lines on ice to name a few are: Geographic Factor 5 (THE BEST), Selsun Blue 4, The Cave Route 3, Center Fold 3, among other great flows.

There are mixed climbing opportunities all over but remember to be respectful of the sport routes and don't damage holds with tools and crampons. If you are not sure if it's OK to climb something with ice gear...IT'S NOT.

Getting There 

Many of the cliffs at Rumney host some ice. They will be listed individually.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.9 miles from here

46 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rumney Ice Climbs:
Prestor John   WI4     Ice   Hinterlands
Scottish Gully   WI3     Ice   Parking Lot Wall
Crows Nest Gully   WI3+     Ice, 60'   Hinterlands
Apocalypse Left   WI3-4     Ice   Apocalypse Wall
G3 Gully   WI3-4     Ice   Parking Lot Wall
Learning Disabilities   WI4     Ice   Main Cliff Right
Barbados   WI5     Ice, 65'   Parking Lot Wall
Jaws   WI5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 50'   Orange Crush Crag
Selsun Blue   WI4     Ice   Main Cliff Left--Venus Wall
The Cave Route   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 75'   Main Cliff Left--Venus Wall
Shaelyn's Way   WI5     Ice, 65'   Parking Lot Wall
Centerfold   WI3     Ice   Parking Lot Wall
The Meadow Flows   WI2-3     Ice   Parking Lot Wall
Franky Lee   WI4+     Ice   Parking Lot Wall
Geographic Factor   WI5     Ice   Hinterlands
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Featured Route For Rumney Ice Climbs
Great Route!!!  Start on the slab to the right.   ...

Fangmanship WI5  NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : ... : Triple Corners
This route doesn't get fat very often but if it does it is a must do, it is a lot of fun. Can be done in two pitches but also in one with a 70m rope. Start right on the easy slab and make your way up to the beautiful column, that is very inviting. Once past the slab, move to the left of the ice flow. This requires a semi awkward traverse. From here climb up the steep ice using all the rests you can get. Just before the top there is sometimes a foot on the rock fin that sticks out; be c...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of Rumney Ice Climbs Slideshow Add Photo
Rumney in Winter
Rumney in Winter
Casey, down from his 3rd lead ever.
Casey, down from his 3rd lead ever.
nasty spring ice on the right side of Bonsai.  Loo...
nasty spring ice on the right side of Bonsai. Loo...
my dad (ernie) on the cave route...
my dad (ernie) on the cave route...
the rock route Long Board looking like an ice rout...
BETA PHOTO: the rock route Long Board looking like an ice rout...
The lunch cave
The lunch cave
Don't worry, I was seconding, and had already half...
Don't worry, I was seconding, and had already half...

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jan 27, 2010
thanks for the update Eric... looks like the weather is supposed to get pretty cold in the next few days... i think the ice will be back soon...
By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Jan 27, 2010
I'm hoping so, but quite frankly I'm enjoying the rock climbing a little too much right now.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jan 27, 2010
im with you there... but it seems we arent out of winter for another couple months... the good news is you can do good ice and good rock in the same day at rumney!
By twellman
Jan 29, 2010
Im thinking of trying ice at Rumney this Sunday, Jan 31, but not sure how the conditions are going to be after the recent rain we had. If anyone had some info on the current ice conditions, it would be greatly appreciated!
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Jan 30, 2010
Im not sure what it looks like now, but i know 3 days ago, rumney ice was almost destroyed, with that being said it has been freezing the last two days, but dont know if it has made a full recovery. Selsun Blue(as pictured in E Thatcher's post above) was completely gone 3 days ago and nothing seemed safe, but i havent been out there since so it might have made a recovery.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Feb 1, 2010
got out today and the ice seemed to have made a pretty good recovery... everything that gets fat was fat...

we climbed at hinterlands mostly everything was perfect! and FAT... Geo was in super mellow condition...
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Feb 6, 2010
Was in Rumney today, I looked up and Selsun Blue, the Cave Route, and the parking lot wall ice seemed to be in really good, the left most routes at parking lot wall might be a little thin but possible.
By Russ Keane
Feb 18, 2014
Ice climbing at Rumney is sooooooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!!

Conditions were FAT on 2/16/14
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