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The Prow Area 

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The Prow is home to some of the longer climbs on the cliff and definitely some of the best moderate to hard free climbing. At about 450ft (4 to 5 pitches) the Prow isn’t a big wall but it certainly can deliver exposure to rival the longer climbs found elsewhere.

Most folk’s first long adventure on the Prow is a trip up the popular 4 pitch 5.9 Recompense. This is one of the best multipitch routes in NH, recommended to all. Other full-length routes include Woman In Love (5.12) and the section's super-classic namesake The Prow (5.11d), a popular hard free climb or good practice clean aid route. If you are looking for super exposed and super hard look no further than Liquid Sky (5.13b) or Edge of the World (5.13c). There are a few classic routes that enjoy the exposure of the prow without having to commit as much. The second half of the Prow is accessible from the midway ledge on the left side of the cliff. These routes include a great first multipitch lead Upper Refuse (5.5), Black Lung (5.8) and The Book of Solemnity (5.10a). All 4 star climbs.

The Prow is the kind of cliff you summit feeling closer to the power that fuels you, whatever you wish to call it. For me the Prow helps give meaning to the cliffs name it’s a place we come to worship rock. It is my cathedral.

Getting There 

From the road find a sing leading to a trail follow the steep trail up stone steps and in cut trails until you are standing at the base. A little 4th class scramble is required to get to the start of some climbs…

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Prow Area:
Recompense   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
The Beast Flake   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Another Pretty Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Peanut Gallery Flake   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad   
The Faux Pas Arete   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
The Prow   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 350'   
Women in Love   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For The Prow Area
Rob Frost on Liquid Sky, 2001.

Liquid Sky 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c  NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Prow Area
Though initially climbed as an independent multi pitch route to the right of the Prow, most people these days only climb the crux third pitch, as the other two are now covered in lichen and that weird bio-crust Cathedral tends to develop.I will describe the money pitch as I do not have experience with the other pitches.Liquid Sky is perhaps New Hampshire's most aesthetic hard route, as the crux pitch climbs a very thin crack that slashes right across the overhanging wall right of the Prow, 400 f...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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Some of the main routes on The Prow Area... The lines are not exact but good enough to get you where you're going...
BETA PHOTO: Some of the main routes on The Prow Area... The li...
The Prow area of Cathedral Ledge
The Prow area of Cathedral Ledge
The view above the pitch one belay on Recompense.... On the left is the top pitch Recompense, on the right is the triangle roof of The Prow....
The view above the pitch one belay on Recompense.....
The last pitch of The Prow...great exposure....
The last pitch of The Prow...great exposure....
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By Jcomeau
From: Hopkinton, MA
Apr 13, 2013

Anyone have a Hi Res picture of this thing?

By john strand
From: southern colo
Apr 13, 2013

NO- just driveup and put in new contacts !