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Sundown Ledge Area

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Sundown Ledge Area  


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Description 

This area encompasses all of Sundown's many separate cliffs: The Main Cliff, Lost Horizon Cliff, The Outback Cliff, The Far Cliff, and Gill's Groove Crag.

Sundown Ledge is really the centerpiece of the Kancamagus climbing area. While probably 90% of the climbing activity is rightly focused on The Main Cliff or Lost Horizon Cliff, climbers who venture off the beaten path will be rewarded by solitude, and in some cases, some of the best climbing the area has to offer.

Getting There 

All of the Sundown cliffs can be accessed from the parking lot by the Albany Covered Bridge. This is located where Passaconaway Road (aka Dugway Road) intersects with the Kancamagus Highway.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.0 miles from here

83 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',40],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',5],['5.10',9],['5.11',14],['5.12',17],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',8],['V6-7',10],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sundown Ledge Area:
Razor Crack   C1     Trad, Aid, 2 pitches   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Rock Garden    5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   Sundown Ledge - Lost Horizo...
Stiletto   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Classic Rock   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 80'   Sundown Ledge - Lost Horizo...
Kennel Boy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sundown Ledge - Lost Horizo...
Rough Boys   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Putting the Past Away   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sundown Ledge - Lost Horizo...
Vultures   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Tits Out for the Lads   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Agent Orange   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Romper Room   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
The Big Rip   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
The Promised Land   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Eyeless in Gaza   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Frigid Relations   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Confederacy of Dunces   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 70'   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Mithras   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Vanishing Point   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Big Papa   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
Yellow Matter Custard   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   Sundown Ledge--Main Cliff
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Featured Route For Sundown Ledge Area
Gill's Groove

Gill's Groove 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  NH : Kancamagus Crags : ... : Sundown Ledge-Gill's Groove...
I'd recommend wearing your new shoes for this one. I can't imagine climbing this in Boreal Fires. An overhanging laser cut corner with a very thin crack. Boulder in from the left to a stance and the first crux, then again, the whole thing is one big crux. Very technical,strenuous stemming and micro seam laybacking leads to a stance at 3/4 height where hardship continues to a much easier and fun top out. The foot holds on this pitch are small to non-existent. If you want to TR, bring lots of webb...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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