Yet another really good backcountry area. 3 cliffs, ranging from 60-300'. All on quality granite with an easy(ish) approach and remote feel.
This is wilderness area, so no power tools, but I THINK that hand drilling is OK.
Between Bartlett and Crawford notch on rt 302. Heading north you will see jericho Road on your right, near a bike rental place and just before the river. Drive to the end, about 5 miles and park (great swimming). Walk up the trail past a shelter...the stairs col trail goes left from here.
Back Stairs is about 25 minutes up, then thrash right.
Giant Stairs is about 45 minutes, on the right before the col
Up Stairs is another 10-15 minutes bearing right at the "lookout" sign.. with a killer campsite
A steep challenging line, the first pitch is a bit runout but not to bad (bolted anchor) 90' 5.9 The second pitch is pretty demanding with two bolts to start then thin cracks to a headwall/bulge....[more]Browse More Classics in NH
No clue about the GPS. If you drive north on RT 302 from Bartlett, just BEFORE the river, Jericho Road is on the right. If you come up to White's ledgearea, you have gone way to far. The drive up Jericho is maybe 4 miles ?
By M Sprague Administrator From: New England Dec 4, 2011
Brady Libby was working on some stuff here a few years ago and was trying to get me to come out, but I was already involved elsewhere and didn't want to get too spread out. He seemed impressed by the possibilities though. It is a no power drill area if I remember correctly.
I made several trips out here a few years back with Brady Libby. He had put up an aid line with J LaFlemme years before this and wanted to go back and free it. My dreams were of us waltzing in, blasting up clean splitters and heading back in time for happy hour at The Moat with a rad new route under our belts. The reality of the situation was some heinous horizontal bushwhacking with gargantuan packs, kitty litter-lichen covered rock, an unsuccessful bid to clip an old bolt with a 30ft stick clip, and some extreme vertical bushwhacking. No actual climbing was done on the first day. We retreated to the lean-to and were blessed with a surprise visit from our friend Kirsten Thomas, who cooked us salami and cheese sandwiches on a shovel over an open fire. Day two was more of the same and we left with our tails between our legs. This trip sparked a fire in Brady that could not be contained. He spent the better part of the next few summers out there putting up a slew of great routes. Todd Schaefer, Matt Mccormick, RJ Monton and I joined him when we could. When he could not find partner he would head out there alone to get things prepped and ready. There was also talk of the North Conway crew spending some time up there before moving on to bigger and better things. This is a great backcountry crag with a true feeling of a wilderness experience. There still potential for new routes and adventure out there, so stop reading this and get going! Timmy D
Right on !!! I heard brady did a fine 11+ 3 pitch line ?
By M Sprague Administrator From: New England Jan 13, 2013
Yeah, it sounded pretty impressive when he was describing it to me. I would like to get him to post up some information, but I think he is pretty busy these days. This is one crag that Handren's new guide is really missing a lot of information. I'll work on Brady and see if he will post up ;)
Brady said he ran into a ranger and she was only concerned that he not be using a power drill. It would be worth double checking the climbing plan though. I can't find it on the FS site atm. I guess you can ride a bike in part of the way until you get to the border
Good thing wheelchairs are allowed ! I was talking with some Chinos guys and they thought " no fixed " A ton of stuff to do up there.. 170' hands to tips crack, 5" out a 10' roof, 2 pitch arete.... The Stanton ridge , which is on your left going in, has a few lines as well, up to 140'
By M Sprague Administrator From: New England Aug 22, 2013
John, would you mind if I switched the Stairs over to Brady? I was just talking to him and he says he has a bunch of information to add. That would be the easiest way so he could do it directly.