Routes in Main Cliff
|Ali Babbler S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|As The World Burns S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Beat Junkie S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c|
|Fat Man S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Fear of Abraham T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Gold Digger S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Goldbug S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Goldbug Finish S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Goldmember S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Gunboat Diplomacy S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Iron Man S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Know Ethics S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Little Big Man S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Millenium Falcon S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Peanut Man S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Rap Echo S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Rock Du Jours Direct S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Rock de Jours T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X|
|Rocket Man S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a|
|Shiskebob T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13|
|Simon Bar Sinister S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Skewer, The S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c|
|Sky Lab (incomplete) T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3 R|
|Soup to Nuts S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Space Shuttle T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Steel Curtain S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Supersize Me S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Sweet Polly Purebred S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Thang, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Thin Man S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c|
|Thing, The S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Underdog S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Via Ferrata S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Working Man T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|GPS:||43.803, -71.836 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Jay Knower on Oct 16, 2006|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
DescriptionMain Cliff is the tallest wall at Rumney and also home to some of the best routes. Whereas most of the other cliffs at Rumney are composed of schist, Main Cliff is distinguished by a band of quartzite stretching across it's middle. This rock has many of the characteristics of the best sandstone: fine grained, angular, and bullet hard.
Most climbs on the Main Cliff proper ascend distinct corners and aretes, and the climbing feels a bit more "trad" than at other cliffs. Though the routes can be long and pumpy, the different rock presents various technical challenges. Insecure stems, burly laybacks, and technical smearing can be found on almost all of the routes on the center of the cliff. Various outlying walls also comprise the Main Cliff area.
Main Cliff is large and complex. Ward Smith's guidebook is de rigueur for navigating this area.
It was brought to my attention that the rockfall warning on the Main Cliff Right description could do well here as well.
ATTENTION: In March, 2010, there was a massive rockfall at Main Cliff. It probably originated above Iron Man, Gold Digger, or Rock du Jours. Be extremely careful when hanging out at the base near these routes. This area is very unstable. The possibility of another rockfall appears significant. Routes such as Rock Du Jours, Gold digger and others in that vicinity are of greatest concern.
Getting ThereFrom the second parkinglot, walk uphill into the woods. Follow the sign to Main Cliff. The large wall you come to is Main Cliff Center. Outlying areas to left and to the right.
- Most of the Main Cliff is seasonally closed for peregrine nesting, usually April through July. Occasionally the cliff is reopened early if the birds nest elsewhere or the eggs don't hatch. Look for blaze-orange signs on the kiosk in the parking lot.
Classic Climbing Routes at Main Cliff
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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