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Routes in Orange Crush

Anaconda-Da-Vida S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Black Mamba S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
British Airways S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Buried Treasure S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Captain Hook S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Chinese Water Torture S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Citrasolve S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Crusher, The S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Drillary Step, The S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Dynosoar S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Fish Hooks S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Flying Monkeys S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Fresh Squeezed S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
King Cobra S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Lions and Tigers and Bears S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Oh My! finish S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Opportunist, The S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Orangahang S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Orange Crush (retro-bolted) S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Orange Sunshine S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Original Orange Crush, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Peter Pan S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Predator S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Prime Climb S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Purple Microdot S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sir Edmond Drillary S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tin Man S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Tin Monkeys S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Tinkerbell S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Tropicana S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Vaporizer, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
White Snake S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Elevation: 857 ft
GPS: 43.803, -71.835 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Jay Knower on Nov 8, 2006
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall

Description

This large and complex cliff sits relatively high on the hill. For that reason, Orange Crush is an excellent choice on hot days, as the wind tends to cool the cliff.

The left side of the cliff is very steep, almost horizontal. Farther right, the angle lessens but the routes get longer. Therefore, the climbing at Orange Crush varies from horizontal roof problems to technical vertical faces.

Because of the sketchy composition of the rock on Orange Crush, many of the routes required massive cleaning projects before their first ascents. This is not to say that the rock is bad, as the routes have improved with numerous ascents. The routes range from 5.8 to 5.13b, with must do classics including: Tropicana 11a, Black Mamba 11b, The Crusher 11d, and Rumney's most photogenic route, Predator 13b.

Getting There

Orange Crush is most commonly approached from the second, smaller parkinglot. A steep trail leads uphill from the lot and deposits one at New Wave Wall. Orange Crush is the big looming cliff to the left.

Alternatively, Orange Crush may be approached from Main Cliff. Simply skirt the cliff on the right side and head uphill. To reach Orange Crush from the more western crags, follow a trail through the woods from the top of Bonsai.

Note that the left-side routes at Orange Crush all start from a steep "death slab." To approach the slab and the start of routes like The Crusher, Tin Man, and Orangahang, a staircase allows passage over the steep bottom part of the slab. Be extra careful at the base of the aforementioned routes. It's a long way down from the slab.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Orange Crush

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Orange Sunshine
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Orange Crush (retro-bolted)
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Citrasolve
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tropicana
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Prime Climb
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Buried Treasure
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Lions and Tigers and Bears
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Oh My! finish
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Black Mamba
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
The Crusher
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Captain Hook
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
The Vaporizer
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Orangahang
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Flying Monkeys
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Predator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Orange Sunshine 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Orange Crush (retro-bolted) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Citrasolve 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tropicana 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Prime Climb 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Buried Treasure 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Lions and Tigers and Bears 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Oh My! finish 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Black Mamba 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Crusher 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Captain Hook 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Vaporizer 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Orangahang 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Flying Monkeys 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Predator 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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Hey everyone, I found a bag of quickdraws and slings near the staircase at orange crush the weekend before last. If anyone is missing them send me a description of the bag they were in and I'll get them back to you Sep 6, 2017
Jeffrey.LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey.LeCours   New Hampshire  
Do it up Ryan! The nests in that area are active on and off. I can't speak for right this moment but I say give it a go!

A lot of folks will only post a route after they've been on it and can give a first hand description. However, there aren't any written rules on who can post what. Thoughtful descriptions are always welcome in my opinion. :) Nov 9, 2015
This weekend I was going to climb Fish Hooks and give it a description on MP but as I was warming up on Buried Treasure I looked over and saw a large birds nest directly under the anchors of Fish hooks.

I decided not to climb it as I did not want to disturb the nest if it was active. I was just wondering if anyone knows if the nest is active and if so, is that why the route is excluded from mountain project?

If the route is all good to go I will give it a climb next weekend and add the description. Nov 9, 2015
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Thanks for the ladder base extension/repair Tim K Sr. Oct 21, 2015
Hi,

I've looked at King Cobra, at Orange Crush, and the route looked different from last year - are there reports that a part of it might have broke ? May 21, 2013
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
Climbing the longer routes on this cliff, at least the ones up to 12a is such and intense mental challenge... you find your self pulling hard sections with really good ledge rests between getting more and more tired as you go... the rests almost make it worse cause you have time to ponder the moves above, how far you've come, and the fact that if you blow one move you will have to start from the bottom again at some point... at least you will if you care to go through the mental battle all over again...

I love the mental game... May 26, 2010
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Yeah, we could use the AMC trail crew up there some more. To do it right I think we might need some steps like those going up towards Armed and Dangerous after the traverse across the slab. There needs to be a hardened landing zone too where people lower off too, so the steps should probably go through that spot and up since people are naturally going to go up there anyway to get back to their stuff.

I am a little concerned about the area just above the existing ladders since it is built up on a natural log. It was nice work at the time it went in, but it is already showing signs of decay and when that goes there will be a mess. I really liked the stone steps the AMC made just above that, but they only did a short stretch. Hopefully they are planning on coming back. Apr 15, 2010
Jake D.
Northeast
Jake D.   Northeast
I wish there was a way to make the upper part of the trail less sketchy. I don't know if there would be a way to make another set of stairs all the way to the base of Orangahang or not Apr 15, 2010
James Otey   NH
A staircase was recently added to allow safe passage over the slab- quite nice if you ask me. Jun 5, 2007

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