Note - A of the Black Jack boulders west of and including the Moat Boulder are on private property. The property line runs from the road where the trail near pole # 39 runs along the stream up between the Zig-zag Boulder and the Moat Boulder, up to a point just below Starship Enterprise Crag. It then runs west to the Boundary Boulder, where it then turns and runs up hill through part of the Prudential Crag.
The owner is climber friendly, but obviously visitors should be on their best guest behavior. Keep your voices down, don't leave trash, old tarps or wood pallets under the boulders. Particularly, do not bellow profanities. The noise carries right down to his house which is below and can be quite tiresome. This is his property and you are on it at his discretion.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Zig Zag Crack is perhaps the best V1 boulder problem in all on New England if not in all of the country. Yes, that is high praise, but this problem lives up to the hype.
Locate the obvious crack on the Zig Zag Boulder and follow the crack using fingerlocks, laybacks, and high steps. The problem is about 15 feet high and would qualify as a highball if not for the perfect landing. A much harder variation (V9) starts as a sit to the right and climbs into the crack.
It certainly is a nice problem, but you need to have enough pads to cover the boulder just underneath the top-out. I had done this problem a few times and was cooling down at the end of a nice fall day of climbing when I peeled from the top and ended up breaking my ankle. Ensure you have enough pads and that your spotter is positioned correctly.
By Ladd Raine Administrator From: Plymouth, NH Nov 15, 2007 rating: V1+5
Yes this is the best boulder problem at the grade I have ever seen, and the fall form the top is pretty scary but with a good spotter and good pad placements you will never want to get off this problem.
been on this problem a lot lately and i have come to realize that if i die and go to heaven i hope heaven consists of this problem going on for eternity
and mike as for placing pro on it, i believe nobody should laugh for a few reasons
1. why not place pro it a good way to practice placing pro 2. placing pro is fun 3. if the height makes you nervous, go ahead place pro, this way you get to enjoy the best V1 problem i have ever encountered
o yeah and the bolt ladd described earlier is now gone... but i also never remember seeing it
By Sam Owens From: Durham, New Hampshire May 22, 2012
Me climbing Zig Zag crack, my feet got messed up and I almost barn-doored at the top!! such an amazing climb!!!
By Russell Cohen From: Redwood City, California Apr 16, 2013 rating: V15
The top out is a bit sketchy -- not too many holds to work with. Stay cool and it will be fine.
By JayMorse From: Hooksett, New Hampshire Oct 12, 2013
This problem is really great! If you aren't really solid at the grade you may want to place a few pieces or utilize the bolt up top and set a top rope, since a couple of the hardest moves are pretty high up (one of which has very poor feet!). You could also clip a double length runner to the bolt and have it hanging there as something for someone to grab if they freak out at the top out.
If you are solid at the grade, have a pad and a spotter and go for it!
By caesar.salad From: southern Maine Jul 10, 2014 rating: V1+5
mantled the end sans feet screaming like a banshee. FEEL ALIVE