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Climbing up the middle of three cracks on the main face, Standard Route is a classic. Though it can be done in one push, most prefer to break it up into 2 pitches. The first belay is usually about 2/3 of the way up the face on a small ledge. This allows the belayer to always be within sight of their leader.
One can choose to either follow the crack system to the summit, or use the massive face holds. Either way, engaging climbing awaits all the way to the summit- just play it to your strengths.
Standard Route starts on the far left of Square Ledge by a prominent corner leading up the the middle of 3 fingercracks. Anchor to one of the two Birches.
Standard Route will pretty much take anything you have on your rack. It protects quite well using anything from wired nuts, to aliens, all the way up to the blue camalot. Needless to say, your standard Catherdral rack will work famously.
Emily getting to the top
Emily topping out
|Comments on Standard Route
|By T. Moon|
Jun 9, 2007
Square Ledge is a fun crag to visit, especially for beginning leaders. This route was my first real trad lead. It is always much cooler in Pinkham Notch than down in the N. Conway area so it is a nice refuge on those sticky summer days. Beware of large crowds of summer campers and climbing school students!
From: New Hampshire
Oct 10, 2008
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
It's fun to walk up towards the ledge behind a family or camp group, then solo Standard Route while they take the hiker's trail around. They never fail to show utter bewilderment.
|By Barrett Stetson|
Jul 26, 2010
Wondering if I started this in the right spot. Had to climb up about 20 ft before I could place my first piece. Most of the rest seemed good for pro though and the climbing was easy and fun. Great view at the top. Definitely a pretty long route though (130' I think guidebook said), don't plan on lowering if you do it in one pitch!
|By Gabe K|
Oct 27, 2010
Does anyone have any thoughts as to whether this could be led using only nuts, or at least only passive pro? Thanks.
|By Adam Wilcox|
From: Candia, NH
Oct 27, 2010
I suspect it was led before cams were invented but after pitons fell out of fashion...
|By john strand|
From: southern colo
Dec 15, 2010
I think the f/a was in 1943
|By Mike McLean|
May 22, 2013
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c PG13
Did it in a single pitch; went to the tree way back then extended my belay to the side of the cliff to bring up my second who hauled our sneakers.
I'm not 100% sure I actually did the correct route because there are options all over ... but it was fun and the quality of the rock superb.