Elevation: 1,244 ft
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Shared By: lee hansche on Mar 15, 2007
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

Description

Once the best kept secret at Rumney, now the secret is out and this is a popular destination for many Rumney climbers.... Routes from 5.6 to 5.12c many of them with sickening exposure for single pitch routes.... At the Hinterlands, you will find what you are looking for for sure. The cliff has steep pumpy routes, slabs, technical faces, and even a few cracks...you will find sun and shade on the same day, and in the winter you can even climb rock and ice on the same day, what more can you ask for?

The hike might seem long to those spoiled by Rumney's typically nonexistent approach hikes, but a half hour should get you there, and you will find must do climbs at a variety of grades and styles such as, Jolt (5.10b) maybe the most exposed 5.10 at Rumney, climbing the very edge of a fin of rock 80 feet above the trail. Or if you want something exposed but more moderate try, Dolt (5.9, just right of Jolt), or Electric Socks (5.8+, one of my favorite routes at the grade at Rumney).... If it's hard, steep climbing you want, Giant Man (5.12b/c) is worth the hike all on its own.... This is only to name a few, the list goes on....

Note: Be aware that high up on portions of this crag, especially in the area of Jolt, the rock is unstable and there are massive pieces ready to come down. There is a huge block above Hinterlands Highway. Hanging out below puts you in the danger zone. Find a safer spot to wait for your turn off to the side and wear your dome piece while belaying if you have one.

Getting There

The quickest way to get there is to pick up the trail from the Blackjack Boulders up to Triple Corners Wall...then head left and up a steep hill and a gully with a fixed rope in it...continue your way up the steep hill to the Hinterlands cliff...Climb over a log and you are officially there.... To the right is a slab capped with the huge roof of Giant Man (5.12b/c) walk left and down to get to Jolt (5.10b)....

Alternatively, longer but more mellow and avoiding the fixed rope gully, continue west on the trail through the Blackjack Boulders, to the Northwest Territories and up to the Prudential Crag. From there a traversing trail (stay low)) heads right to Jolt.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Hinterlands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 78
Hinterland Highway
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 95
Cold Feet
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 10
Hole in the Wall
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 38
Chicken Head
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 71
Electric Socks
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 4
Barbed Wire Corner
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 32
Black Slabbath
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 256
Jolt
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 147
Dolt
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Know Moxie
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 11
Rise Against
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 55
Nicky's Crack
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
The Mean Lean
Sport 2 pitches
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 3
Ale 8
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 95
Giant Man
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hinterland Highway
 78
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Cold Feet
 95
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Hole in the Wall
 10
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Chicken Head
 38
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Electric Socks
 71
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Barbed Wire Corner
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad
Black Slabbath
 32
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Jolt
 256
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dolt
 147
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Know Moxie
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Rise Against
 11
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Nicky's Crack
 55
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Mean Lean
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Ale 8
 3
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Giant Man
 95
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Mark, do you think this could impact the integrity of the entire fin? Should people avoid Jolt until it can be examined? May 14, 2013
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Rickety death trap would be the expression. It has been fun to climb on so we have anyway, but it is only a matter of time before more falls off. Pry a bunch off and the question is where do you stop. May 15, 2013
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
I hiked up today and checked out the carnage. Jolts anchors and the entire upper flake have exfoliated. Dolt may have lost some rock on the arete side but the anchors are still there.

I would not suggest climbing on either side of the fin, I probably will never climb on or below it again. As more and more rock falls from the fin, it is becoming thinner and thinner, just does not seem safe to me. May 15, 2013
S. Neoh  
Seems safe to get on Nicky's Crack after the rockfall (we did) but I would stay off Last Kid Picked tho.
But, as always, use you best judgement. Sep 6, 2013
S. Neoh  
There are some new bolts (at least two expansion ones) just to the left of Cold Shoulder. Is there a new route going up here? There is also a static rope hanging from a little higher up. All pretty deep in the gully. What's up? Sep 8, 2013
HBTHREE
ma
HBTHREE   ma
the bolts and static line are still there. i jumped on this route the other day. there's three low bolts bolts that bring you into killers crack i guess. if u intend to climb it bring trad gear, there's no bolts after the 3 that u can just about clip from the ground, stickless even, maybe i missed something. Jul 8, 2014
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
mountainproject.com/v/moxie… explains some Jul 8, 2014
mitch s  
Has anyone climbed at the hinterlands lately? Is it safe enough to not be in danger of rockfall or still too sketchy? Aug 29, 2014
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
To answer four years later for others: Rockfall is always a risk outside, but most of the danger is below the Jolt/Dolt buttress. Rock! is screamed regularly (I seem to hear it most from Dolt) and plenty that comes off could kill someone easily, but those routes are climbed often anyway. I personally don't climb either route as often as before and don't stay directly below them any more than necessary. They are both cool routes though. Aug 13, 2018
Kurt G.
Reading, PA
Kurt G.   Reading, PA
with the new 3rd parking area, are the "getting there" directions still the most direct access to here? Oct 3, 2018
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
It’s probably about the same either way. I will try to add the new option soon though. Oct 3, 2018