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otey starting up the noodle
The wickedly steep roof to the left of Centerpiece. Romp up some 5.11ish crimping up an overhanging bulge to a rest ledge before the business. Rest well. Then get moving into the awkward situation that awaits above. Use the prominent flake to make progress up the massive overhang. Would be a great inverted layback if there were feet with which to oppose. Be more creative, unless you're a campusing mutant. A super-awkward diving-board style mantle brings one to the top. Cleaning draws is rather hard.
The climb immediately to the left of Centerpiece.
otey trying to work out theis challenging crux roo...
|By Ladd Raine|
From: Plymouth, NH
Dec 1, 2007
This is an incredibly aesthetic line, but I've always heard that it is awkward and bad, perhaps I'll give it a try someday.
|By lee hansche|
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 2, 2007
mike korek said it was awesome...but tricky...
|By M Sprague|
From: New England
Dec 3, 2007
Yes, it is good, with an unusual move or 2 at the top that you just have to commit to and then it is not hard. Well worth doing.
|By Tom Bowker|
From: somewhere in the USA
Nov 15, 2008
Some Noodle history: I first ascended this route with Kit Dover on 8/9/86. We aided it as we weren't using bolts back then. The original start is the right slanting flake/crack just left of present start. The name came from the two micro wires I had threaded together to reach a very blind placement at the top of the flake. Nothing like the sound of a small nut settling into Rumney's soft fine grained schist as you high step into the bottom of your 5 step et. We did the climb in two pitches with Kit leading the 2nd pitch. The lightning and rain that day upped the adventure ante.
On 6/29/91 I returned with Scott Reitsema. The starting two bolts were in. The first the start to Centerpiece, the second, the new direction. Scott led off and fired the first pitch onsight with just the first two bolts! I placed the third on TR as I followed. Scott then led off on the roof, back when the large rocking rock provided a critical gear placement. It was and still is one of the most amazing onsight efforts I've seen. Scott sent it with one hang including pulling the lip!
I wasn't there when he retro bolted the climb but I'm sure it had to be easier not having to place gear.
|By S. Neoh|
Aug 26, 2010
Tom, thanks for filling in the details of the story for me. Scott is one heck of a climber with a very cool head. I believe he trundled the rocking block when he made this into a sport route. People tell me it is still hard, if not harder! :)
Scott has roared back into climbing after a hiatus, I am hoping to cross paths with him one of these days.
Sep 13, 2011
I got on this yesterday and was truly stumped at the top. Is there a knee bar up there? toe hooks? stem?