Welch and Dickie Boulders
Working across the schist roof on We Who Wander. T...
There are boulders up there! It's not that surprising, really, when you consider that the area between Welch and Dickie acts as a huge bowl, collecting every erratic that happened to tumble past.
The main area is in the lower part of the bowl, but the boulders extend uphill for almost a quarter mile--all the way to the summit cliffs. The granite here varies from grainy to perfect. The boulders also vary in size, from one boulder rumored to be the size of the Madison Boulder (it isn't, by the way), to small sit-start only boulders. These boulders tend to be pretty featured, which is a welcome change from many of the other areas in Waterville.
Hike up the Welch side of the trail. After about .7 miles, the trail will take a hard right toward the open slabs on Welch. At this point, leave the trail and walk directly left into the woods. You'll cross a stream and maybe pick up a faint climbers' trail. Follow this trail to a junction marked with a cairn on the ground. To reach the Lower Bowl area, head left (downhill) from the junction and walk about 100 feet. To reach the Mid Bowl and the Upper Bowl areas, head right (uphill) at the junction.
Weather station 4.3 miles from here
15 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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We Who Wander V7 7A+ NH
: Waterville Valley
: ... : The Wander Boulder
We Who Wander is one of the classic problems in Waterville. It follows a right to left rising traverse past an interesting schist roof.Start standing in the pit with your right hand on a crimp and your left hand on an undercling. Climb up the face, passing a Cathedral-style face crux. Once you gain the roof, traverse left on underclings until you can achieve a tenuous rest. Work out the roof, heading left, past some slopers. Negotiate a tenuous and difficult topout onto the slab. Climb easier, b...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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