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Air Barrier S 
Angry Itch, The S 
Approaching Armageddon  T 
B-B-Bubbas link-up S 
B-b-buttress S 
Beastie, The S 
Beerless Leader T 
California Chrome S 
Hard Times S 
Hocus Focus S 
Like Old Times S 
Paper Wafer T 
Plate Tectonics S 
Primitive Times  T 
Scrubbing Bubbas S 
Shine On S 
Times Like These S 

The Northwest Territories  


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Location: 43.80478, -71.84537 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 10, 2008  with updates from Eli Buzzell
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Description 

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

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['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 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'   
Approaching Armageddon    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   
California Chrome   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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'   
Hard Times   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Northwest Territories
Jakob scoping out the dark, angling seam of Scrubb...

Scrubbing Bubbas 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NH : Rumney : The Northwest Territories
I'm trying to picture the route clean and dry to find it more appealing. But that's not how I experienced it, and that's the typical state of it. But here's how it is.Behind a big boulder leaning on a tree find a mossy, normally wet corner with two visible bolts on a slightly steep face. Climb the corner laying back crimping and stemming. The crux is pulling out of the corner on to a slab. It's pretty tough. I ended up with a finger lock and a handjam when pulling the crux bulge. After pulling t...[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
Administrator
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
Administrator
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
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
May 15, 2015
I agree, I have rewritten the description.
By M Sprague
Administrator
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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