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Submitted By: Ladd Raine on Jun 5, 2007
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Description 

140ft+ of beautiful granite in a wonderful wilderness setting.

A great wilderness experience that everyone can enjoy. It has bolted lines, long trad pitches and absolutely no crowds! One of the few true backcountry areas in New Hampshire.

East exposure makes for an enjoyable morning climbing in the fall and a chilly afternoon. Get to the crag early to avoid the very cold temp later on in the climbing season. Eastern exposure is perfect for the hot humid New Hampshire summer days.

The lines range in difficulty from 5.10- to 5.13+ there are no easy warm-ups here as the easy stuff can be a bit run-out and very long and pumpy. Classics include: Wild Child (mixed, 5.11c), Blue By You (mixed, 2 pitches, 5.11a), Wild Life, and Big Red (sport, 5.11d).

I personally have seen (way to close up) a Timber Rattlesnake at the base of this crag. Beware.


Getting There 

Hike SE on the Basin Trail past swampy areas and eventually along a stream. Eventually you will see a huge 150ft cliff coming up through the trees to your right, go that way! Takes about 1hr if you are hiking along at a normal pace (2.5 mi/hr).


6 Total Routes


['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',2],['5.12',2],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['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 Wild River:
Big Red   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 145'   
Wild Life   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
Wild Thing   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Chad coming out of the crux on P1

Wild Life 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  NH : Wild River Crags (aka Evans... : Wild River
The Classic for the grade.P1:Climb steep face holds up to a obvious horizontal break where you can find a weird rest for your fingers, but not your biceps(5.11a). Climb the crux of the route, an overhanging seam of broken rock with pin scars that supply interesting moves that will sap your finger strength like crazy(5.12a/b)! Keep climbing until you reach the anchor that is just short of the left facing corner.P2: Climb the left side of the breathtaking arete making scary moves and eventually en...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Jun 8, 2007

Climbing at Wild River is truly a memorable experience. The hike in is serene and beautiful, as you follow a stream and you are waaay back in there. The climbing is superb--steep and long. Plus, I'd say Wild River is New Hampshire's best summer cliff, since it gets a bunch of shade.

By burlap submariner
Jun 10, 2010

"one of the true backcountry experiences in NH"...ahhh....glad you think so.

By john strand
From: southern colo
Jun 12, 2010

Virtually roadside climbing !

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Jun 2, 2011

What is the deal as far as new routing here? Is it "Wilderness", so no new fixed gear at all, or simply no motorised drills, but you can still use bolts if need be?

By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Oct 7, 2011

yes - Wild River Wilderness

www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&latitude=44.300067435>>>

Looks like you need permission to place fixed anchors

www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWL>>>

And of course: