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The Fire Tower  

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Lots of boulders and boulderable outcroppings, very few climbers. The area is popular with hikers, and you're more likely to see them on the many established trails in the area. The rock tends towards the slabby side, so if you're looking for steep boulders head somewhere else. While there aren't a lot of developed problems there is potential for more to be added, and the area has two difficult, high-quality slab boulder problems worth making the trip for.

Getting There 

Approach on Reservation Road. Follow signs to the Fire Tower. Park in the obvious lot. Hike directly up the main trail. Begin exploring...

Climbing Season

For the *Pawtuckaway area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fire Tower:
Slither   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   
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Slither V7 7A+  NH : *Pawtuckaway : The Fire Tower
Perfect height, great moves, and devious holds. This powerful, delicate arete is a hidden gem and now one of my favorites in the park. Sit start with a three finger jug for your left hand and a crimp for your right. Slither up to two tiny crimps using a sidepull before powering into a gaston pinch. With the help of another crimp and an undercling, make a hard deadpoint up to one of two crimps before snagging the flat sloping lip which feels like a jug.V5 from the stand, starting by jumping t...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By BrianWinslow
From: Concord, NH
Aug 20, 2007
Off to the left of the fire tower trail there are a lot of boulders and interesting problems. The local Bryce Dalhaus spent quite a bit of time exploring and documenting problems in this area. The rock quality is generally not as good as the classic areas however a little cleaning would go a long way and there certainly won't be any crowds.
By BDalhaus
From: Manchester, NH
Feb 25, 2008
South Mountain has a lot of untapped rock. On the Main Fire Tower Trail, the first rock outcroppings appear about 5 mins up, followed by more rock that stretches up towards the summit. The South Ridge Trail heading north from the summit takes you through an area with short and tall walls and scattered boulders. Here you can find bouldering, trad cracks, and top rope climbs.
By Eric L
Mar 23, 2008
Are there any known routes on the big pointed egg shaped boulder probably about 20' high-ish coming up the south ridge trail?
By BDalhaus
From: Manchester, NH
Apr 2, 2008
i haven't been out there in months, so i can't quite picture the boulder... if you're heading up the trail from the bottom, is it at the bottom of the hill on the left with 1 or 2 other boulders butting on the left of it? if so, i've never seen chalk on it
By Adam Wilcox
From: Candia, NH
Jun 29, 2009
So, what's the consensus on documenting climbs in this area? I've found a few fun cracks but I'm debating if they should be left for people to discover by themselves. I'm going to assume they've been climbed before I found them.
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Jun 29, 2009
I would say it never hurts to document them I havent climbed at The Fire Tower but I believe MP.com should have as many routes as possible, and I think other would agree. As for info about the FA's and name just mention that you dont know the FAist or if it already has a name but someone can tell you info and you will update based on their info.
By Jesse Coburn
From: Manchester, NH
Jun 29, 2009
ive been wondering this about other places too. i mean there is undocumented areas in boulder natural that ive climbed and i know plenty of other people have climbed too, but none of them have names or FA's (not just boulder natural). i think we need "the administrator" and all the other locals to pway to deliberate on the matter. i just dont want to post incorrect stuff up here...
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Jun 30, 2009
My general opinion is that MP should reflect the local attitude of an area. If the boulders are secret or "hush-hush" then maybe they shouldn't be documented. I want MP to be a positive force in the community. If the area isn't secret, then by all means, add it up.
By BDalhaus
From: Manchester, NH
Jun 30, 2009
Posting up routes for the Fire Tower is fair game, but many of them have been climbed by many people without ever being documented which makes it difficult to get correct information. Other areas, such as Yellow Dog and the Microwave Walls are well documented, but very few people venture out there. The only "hush-hush" area is the area being discussed on the Pway page, and that is temporary until a trail can be established and route info compiled.
By Adam Wilcox
From: Candia, NH
Jul 1, 2009
Cool. I'll be sure to post up after I get a chance to do some cleaning and take some pictures. I have a few places in mind that might be worthwhile.
By Ian McAfee
From: Nashua, NH
Jul 13, 2014
Got out here today, I'm absolutely blown away at some of the boulders that exist out here, same distance from the car as Boulder Natural really, and some phenomenal problems. Tons of rock, no chalk on anything, ridiculous potential even if most obvious things have been climbed in the past. I'm shocked this area isn't more frequented. There definitely is potential for some very very hard problems. I don't have the underground guide though.

Problem of the day was the 20ish foot unreal perfect layback crack.
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