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Another Pretty Face T 
Beast Flake, The T 
Edge of the World S 
Faux Pas Arete, The T 
Gypsy T 
Liquid Sky T,S 
Peanut Gallery Flake T 
Prow, The T 
Recompense T 
Women in Love T 
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The Prow Area Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.06298, -71.1656 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 Jan 15, 2007


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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…

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Prow Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Prow Area:
The Beast Flake   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Recompense   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Another Pretty Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Peanut Gallery Flake   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad   
The Faux Pas Arete   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   
The Prow   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 350'   
Women in Love   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For The Prow Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Janet Bergman on The Prow, 2003.

The Prow 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  NH : *Cathedral Ledge : The Prow Area
This is an historical, direct, and elegant line that ascends the Prow Buttress, to the right of Recompense. If you look at the perfectly sculpted arete, the Prow never veers farther than about 10 or 15 feet away from the edge. It is utterly classic, both as an aid climb and as a free climb. The pitches are mostly short and fierce. North Conway hardmen supposedly put in many days of hard work to free this in the 1970s. It's still considered a quite a challenge to climb it without falling.The...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of The Prow Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Some of the main routes on The Prow Area... The li...
BETA PHOTO: Some of the main routes on The Prow Area... The li...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Hudon on The Prow (5.11d), Cathedral Ledge. P...
Mark Hudon on The Prow (5.11d), Cathedral Ledge. P...
Rock Climbing Photo: The view above the pitch one belay on Recompense.....
The view above the pitch one belay on Recompense.....
Rock Climbing Photo: The Prow area of Cathedral Ledge
The Prow area of Cathedral Ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: The last pitch of The Prow...great exposure....
The last pitch of The Prow...great exposure....

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By Jcomeau
From: North Conway
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 !

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