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Routes in Darth Vader

Caged, The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Darth Vader T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Jedi Mind Tricks S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Oby-won Ryobi S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Prawn, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sand People, The S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Spaceballs: The Rock Climb T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Storm Troopers S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Yoda S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a


At the cross-roads of many of Rumney's upper crags, the compact upper and lower walls of Darth Vader offer routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.12. This crag is a popular destination for intermediate climbers and a heavily traveled warm up area.

The main attraction to this crag are arguably THE two best 5.9s at Rumney: Yoda (5.9) and Obi-Won-Ryobi (5.9+). These side-by-side climbs at "Lower 'Vader" offer stellar moves and are literally right off of the trail en route to Waimea and the other upper crags. If there is not a line for these climbs, it is hard to find excuse not to run up them! Lower Vader is also home the crag's only 5.12s, which are seldom done and often overlooked.

Upper Vader is a good choice for intermediates and groups, as there is a 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, and 5.8 next to each other on the far right end of the wall. The left end of Upper Vader offers two short and pumpy climbs: Three Easy Pieces (5.11a) and Easter Squal (5.10d).

this video has most of the routes at Darth Vadar on it.

Getting There

Park in the far lot, walk down the road, start hiking at the woods at utility pole #37. Follow engraved wooden signs for "Waimea" or "Darth Vader." Hike up the progressively steepening trail while passing a few large boulders on the left side of the trail. The first crag you get to will be Lower Vader. To get to Upper Vader, walk to climber's right of Lower Vader and take a left up a steep trail. Take the next Left possible, which may or may not be obscured by a fallen tree.

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New Hampshire
Jeffrey.LeCours   New Hampshire  
There isn't a route that is entirely dry in the rain here. The cave gives great cover but the latter part of the caves routes are all subject to the elements. The cliff gets sun and dries out fast but seeping can occur (e.g., lower half of Yoda). May 20, 2016
stephane Desbiens
stephane Desbiens   sherbrooke
Is the crag stay dry on rain? May 19, 2016
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
here is a video showing ascents of, Darth Vadar 5.9, Jedi Mind Tricks 5.12b, The Caged 5.12d, Storm Troopers 5.12c and the link up Space Balls 5.12b/c... enjoy… Apr 9, 2013
Actually, I meant a little off trail where ther is also slippery moss, but yes right neer there Jan 25, 2013
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Are you reffering to the trail, Tyler? Dec 26, 2012
As of probably October, and probably still there is a lot of large loose rpck out to the left, so use the right side to hike to the back. Dec 26, 2012
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
The approach directions should really be changed to going up the Short Cut trail, rather than walking up the road. It is faster and eliminates friction with local drivers May 22, 2010
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
i did a fun link up today starting on Yoda and finishing on Darth Vader... I thought it took the best parts of the two routes and was more sustained... Jul 2, 2008

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