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Venus Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.80188, -71.8375 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jay Knower on Oct 23, 2006


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Though technically part of Main Cliff, Venus Wall is far enough removed from Main Cliff proper that it feels like its own area.

The wall is steadily overhanging, and by some strange quirk of geology, almost every hold on the wall is a crimp. If you get frustrated with your feet skating on Main Cliff's smooth smears, or if you need a break from Waimea's weirdly technical sequences, then head to the Venus Wall for some good old-fashioned crimp tugging.

The climbing on the Venus Wall has been compared to the climbing at the Red River Gorge, both being pumpy and sustained. The catch? Venus Wall is about 40 feet tall. So, if you like enduro crimping, but don't have crazy endurance, then Venus Wall is your place.

Plus, a seasonal waterfall (The grade 4 ice climb Selsun Blue) adds to the ambiance of the area.

To the right of the falls, on both sides of an alcove, are some great easier routes whose names play off of Cannon classics.

Getting There 

Venus Wall is eaily reached by following directions to the Main Cliff and traversing the cliff line left.

Alternately, walk down the road to the point where the Baker River is the closest to the roadside. Head uphill on a steep, direct trail. Upon reaching the cliff, turn left. After periods of rain (which is just about all the time in New Hampshire), look for the waterfall. Venus Wall is to the left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Venus Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Venus Wall:
Dirtigo   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Wimpy -Gilman Ridge   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Mowgli Grape   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Preppy's Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   
Venus on a Halfshell   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Little Mermaid   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Neptune   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Venus Wall

Featured Route For Venus Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam Holmes eyes the next crimp.

Venus on a Halfshell 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  NH : *Rumney : Venus Wall
Endurance crimping. Forty feet of climbing that feels like 80. No rests and no stopper moves. A looming redpoint crux. This is Venus on a Halfshell.Stick clip the first bolt and crank a surprisingly hard move to get established on the wall. Continue through a roof, past a big hold that looks like it offers a decent rest. It doesn't. The crimps continue. A hard clip. Funny pockets that are really just crimps anyway. A big crimp that allows a shake. And the last hard move: a spock hold that feels ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of Venus Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: rachet working Venus
rachet working Venus
Rock Climbing Photo: Venus Wall and the waterfall after a rainy evening...
Venus Wall and the waterfall after a rainy evening...
Rock Climbing Photo: this is me on the day i sent Venus on a Halfshell
this is me on the day i sent Venus on a Halfshell
Rock Climbing Photo: another overhead map... including the newer modera...
BETA PHOTO: another overhead map... including the newer modera...

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Mar 23, 2007
Though I agree that the left (steep, hard) side of the cliff is the best part, I must note that on the right side of the waterfall, you will find a gully that is home to some great super moderates.... one of the best things about Rumney is that people take the time to clean and bolt true beginner climbs for folks to learn the basics and that gully is the place to be for people just starting out and maybe a little nervous about leading....
By Ladd
Nov 27, 2007
The top of this cliff can be easily accessed via a gully left of Neptune/Venus

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