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The Northwest Territories

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Air Barrier S 
Angry Inch, The S 
Approaching Armageddon  T 
B-B-Bubbas link-up S 
B-B-Buttress S 
Battle of the Bulge S 
Beastie, The S 
Beerless Leader T 
California Chrome S 
Hard Times S 
Hocus Focus S 
Like Old Times S 
Nine Eleven S 
Paper Wafer T 
Plate Tectonics S 
Primitive Times  T 
Scrubbing Bubbas S 
Shine On S 
Times Like These S 
Wimp And Peel S 

The Northwest Territories Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.80478, -71.84537 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 10, 2008  with updates from Eli Buzzell
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Once a bit of a bastard of rumney crags NWT has seen some hard work, anchor replacement, scrubbing, and god knows what to dig up the new routes on the left haha.
Anyway, it is worth the hike and it hosts routes from quite easy to quite hard.
As of now it is a good way to escape the crowds but who knows, it could be the next big thing. So get it while it's hot! With the improved trail, passing by here is now the best way to the Prudential, NW Passage, Yellowknife and Hinterlands crags, avoiding the steep eroded trail up from Triple Corners

Getting There 

Hike west through the Blackjack Boulders and just keep going out the other end and the trail curves up the hill to the crag. It has gotten better over the years and should be easy enough to follow.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Northwest Territories

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Northwest Territories:
Shine On   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Sport, 55'   
The Beastie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Air Barrier   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Approaching Armageddon    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   
B-B-Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   
B-B-Bubbas link-up   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
California Chrome   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Hard Times   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
Hocus Focus   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   
Plate Tectonics   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Battle of the Bulge   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   
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Featured Route For The Northwest Territories
Rock Climbing Photo: looks like a clean line huh... well, climb it...

B-B-Buttress 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NH : *Rumney : The Northwest Territories
A diamond in the rough... Most routes at the NW Territories cant hold a candle to this awesome 100 ft long low angle dance capped with a super fun corner.This climb was retro-bolted and it seems like a good thing to me.It saw no use as a trad climb and now it sees some use as a sport climb. There was even a little chalk on it the other day when i did it.Start by clipping a bolt from a low ledge and pulling a boulder problem over a block to get on to the main buttress. The boulder problem is the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Mar 10, 2008
i did a really cool 10 b or c outthere once. had a grand old time. and that ledge out there is crazy
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
May 8, 2009
If you're into slugs (like... REALLY into them), you should take a hike out here on a rainy day.

There are many bolted routes out here now. I wish I had a classic guide book... or knew what the dry, slug-filled route I got tossed off the other day was: Slightly technical start for the first bolt, working a hand/finger crack to gain the dihedral. After that it looks like it might be a fun face climb til anchors that were out of sight. Any ideas?
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Nov 30, 2011
im am not in to slugs (like... not at all) but i do like the route
jeff is referring to, Hard Times 5.11c...
By Max Dismukes
From: North Quincy, MA
Jun 12, 2014
I think I got on "The Angry Itch" here the other day. Is it four bolts long and with a very hard crux near the top involving micro crimps and/or a big sloper/arete? Really fun start and then got absolutely shut down at the top.
By Matt Levine
From: Concord, NH
Apr 19, 2015
Any details on the new route between Shine On and The Beastie? We got on all three routes yesterday. Just curious about the name/grade, etc. All three of these routes were fun moderates and certainly worth doing.
By M Sprague
From: New England
May 11, 2015
Lee, perhaps the "majority of poor quality routes" in the description is no longer valid for this crag.
By Matt Levine
From: Concord, NH
May 11, 2015
Agreed, Mark. The new easier climbs, the addition of the stellar California Chrome, as well as B-B-Buttress and the B-B-Bubbas link up provides a fun day for the beginner to intermediate climber....even more so when one hits Cozened Stone just up the hill as well. The close proximity to the Prudential also makes this a great crag to warm up at before climbing hard.

By the way, Mark, the one climb between Shine On and The Beastie is still missing here on the proj....would be good to have this added. Was it called "Air Barrier" or something similar? The name is escaping me.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
May 15, 2015
I agree, I have rewritten the description.
By M Sprague
From: New England
May 15, 2015
Matt, Air Barrier sounds right, a Becconsal route I think but not 100% sure. I've only been on it once so far (and liked it) and was half asleep so I'll let somebody else post it. For slabby easier Rumney routes, I think the ones here blow away the ones at the Meadows. The rock is much more interesting and not just a big cheese grater.
By Matt Levine
From: Concord, NH
May 15, 2015
I'm happy to add it but please let me know if you hear otherwise about the name or FA.

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