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Routes in North Marsh Boulders (aka South Seas)

Elevation: 355 ft
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Shared By: BDalhaus on Mar 27, 2008
Admins: BDalhaus, Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall

Description

So you're on the slabs, the dome, the lower cliff, or the trailside boulders and you look across the marsh to see a giant boulder hidden in the trees. Maybe at some point you go look, but most people don't. What you miss out on is a secluded little area with a bunch of easy to moderate highballs and a few quality shorter problems that in the end would add up to a good day out bouldering.

The granite here is the same as Round Pond and the climbs are shaded for most of the day. There are crimps, cracks, jugs, slopers and even a pocket or two. The majority of the landings are flat, with one exception - there is a rock sitting beneath a difficult highball. People have been climbing here for years and you know you're interested, so go take a look.

Getting There

This small cluster of boulders is sitting between North Marsh and the road. Drive down to Round Pond on Reservation Rd and you'll see them on the left. Park, walk back about 3 minutes, skip into the woods, and you're there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Marsh Boulders (aka South Seas)

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V2-3 5+
Dead Center
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V8-9 7B+
Pace Is The Trick
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Dead Center V2-3 5+ Boulder
Pace Is The Trick V8-9 7B+ Boulder
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Went to check out these boulders the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Pace is the Trick is quite fun, same goes for Half Baked Over A Puddle Of Mud, Trending South, and especially Dead Center. The most obvious lines (on the South Seasons Boulder) have all been climbed, but there is potential for excellent lines on the Rope Swing Boulder. Overall, great little area, definitely worth the 2 minute walk. Nov 20, 2016
Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
Mark-- Good to know about brass brushes. I had never heard that. As Mark said, in general, the rock at Pawtuckaway isn't very susceptible to damage from wire brushes and it is virtually impossible to clean large patches of lichen without them. If you happen to clean a line where the rock is a little more fine grained, then I would go easy with the wire brushes, but in general the rock around there is pretty coarse.

I like the fact that there is a documented side to Pway and an undocumented side, especially as usage increases. I try to post up things that I think are worthwhile, but many of the lines that aren't on here simply aren't very memorable and probably not worth documenting.

There are many boulders worth developing that are much better than these ones if you take the time to look. And the approaches are just as simple. Since I spend so much time developing areas in Colorado, it isn't really a focus of mine when I'm in NH, but I'm happy to share areas that I've found if people are willing to put in the work. Oct 29, 2015
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Sticking strictly to non metal brushes for big lichen cleanup jobs in New England, especially on granite is a little impractical, though yeah, you want to be more gentle on established lines and use non metal for regular chalk and light cleanup. Definitely never brash brushes, as they (and some plastic ones) leave a deposit.

Bryce's book is definitely worth getting imo, even though it has a few quirks that some may or not appreciate. A few areas were deliberately left sparse, but there is a lot of good information. It would be nice to see more of Pawtuckaway documented here though. Oct 28, 2015
Jason Scott Heacock
Milford, NH
Jason Scott Heacock   Milford, NH
I agree Christian, a non metal wire brush and rope up. I did not even look at the smaller boulders, the large one closer to the marsh is my preference.

I also wanted to add, it seems there are a lot of problems in the park that are not on MP, I do not have Bryce's guide book and that is a little unfortunate that I find amazing problems and cannot find out what it is. (off the top of my head, the problem 5'-10' to the right of Provia {crimp face} and a few lines at this location.... Oct 28, 2015
Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
Most of the shorter lines have been climbed, but have started to lose the battle with moss again. The big boulder down by the marsh has a number of outstanding potential highball lines, particularly on the face that faces the marsh. But they're going to need to be cleaned on a rope, not with a stick brush. So if you're looking to put up some proud FAs here, get ready to put in some real work! Oct 28, 2015
Jason Scott Heacock
Milford, NH
Jason Scott Heacock   Milford, NH
Just recently did I look for and climb on this boulder, the quality was superb and reminded me of the Yosemite boulder. What a pleasure and without chalk everywhere!

I also feel that there is room for climbing development still here. Just bring a long brush... Oct 28, 2015
Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
Cool. I would say post it and give it a name.

It's good to get more stuff documented in that area, especially harder climbs. May 16, 2015
Tim J.
Loudon, NH
Tim J.   Loudon, NH
Yup, the second move out of the sit was the crux for me. As for the water, when I started poking around it was pretty wet but as of a couple days ago it's dried out completely. Worth giving it a second look. Beware at the top, there was some loose rock. It was mostly around a left hand crimp right before the lip. I think it's done breaking but be warned. May 16, 2015
Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
I believe it has been done from a stand. Not sure about the sit. As far as I know, it doesn't have a name. I've climbed a bunch of the other lines in this area, but I never tried that one. It was always very mossy/wet whenever I was there. May 15, 2015
Tim J.
Loudon, NH
Tim J.   Loudon, NH
Anyone know what the line to the right of Dead Center and left of the arete is? I cleaned, or recleaned, it over the last few weeks and am wondering about the history of it. Really good line, great landing. Needs more traffic for sure. It felt around v7 to me.



May 14, 2015

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