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Welch and Dickie Boulders

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Welch and Dickie Boulders 


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Location: 43.91479, -71.58267 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Nov 13, 2013
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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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.


15 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',9],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',3],['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 Welch and Dickie Boulders:
Pousse Toi   V3 6A R     Boulder   Lower Bowl : The Wander Boulder
The Shutdown   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Lower Bowl : Shutdown Boulder
We Who Wander    V7 7A+     Boulder   Lower Bowl : The Wander Boulder
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Featured Route For Welch and Dickie Boulders
Tim Armstrong snags the sloping jug on The Shutdown

The Shutdown V5-6 6C+  NH : Waterville Valley : ... : Shutdown Boulder
The problem was named for the government shutdown, but it could easily have been named because of the nature of the topout. Start on edges just below head height. Move up right hand to an edge and then throw left hand to a sloper-jug. The topout looks easy, but don't be deceived. Many a strong climber has been shutdown by the heinous topout. It's not quite the difficulty of Boulder X, but it's close. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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