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Built in 1847 this beautiful bridge exhibits many artistic masonry design techniques. The bridge is made up of thousands of quality granite blocks perfectly positioned without mortar. The original purpose of this structure was to span the Branch River and expand the Cheshire Railroad. Now it is just a historically relic with the bonus of a few good climbing routes. Routes are almost always top roped from mason bolts but trad is possible. The bridge is only about 45’ tall but most of the routes are sustained face climbs with few rests. The best climbs are on the north west side, the first section on the right as you approach. There is plenty of sun here and it is somewhat sheltered from the wind. If you climb other sections look out for poison ivy. Although close to the road this spot is usually quiet with only the sound of the river peacefully flowing by.
From downtown Keene head south on Main Street to the traffic lights. Take a left on highway 101 and drive about half a mile. Park at an obvious pull off on right and walk up a steep but very short foot path to the top of the hill. The popular routes will be on your right.
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Fellow Craft Corner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NH : Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH
Start by stepping up onto the ledge. The crux is probable the few moves off this ledge until you "get into" the corner with better holds. Follow the corner up occasionally stemming and finding the big holds....[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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