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Rosebud T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
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Elevation: 752 ft
GPS: 44.111, -71.202 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: john strand on Mar 26, 2009
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall
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Nice ! Above the "Stairs" main cliffs. Really nice view and good rock. Leads and tr's about 60-80' also a GREAT place to camp at the very top.

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Stairs Col trail to the top, then bear right for a couple of minutes at the "lookout" sign. There used to be a spring with good water a little ways down the trail

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Jeffrey LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey LeCours   New Hampshire  
The camping atop Stairs is fantastic. Sep 26, 2011
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
Hiked up yesterday to try the climbs... We went the Davis Path way, so it was a fun hike. The climbing is less than stellar. There was a 5.8 crack climb which my partner led, and it was cool but overall this is not a worthwhile destination. You can rappel down and mess around, maybe boulder a bit or free solo up some easy stuff, but for this one tiny 40' area it's not great. The rock was very sharp and coarse, and was almost sandy/gritty. Probably not even worth having up as a section, but I will defer.

That being said, in looking at the photo overview, we may have been unable to inspect the entirety of the cliff.... We may have missed a couple of the climbs... From my perspective at the time, there was a ton of broken up and non-protectable strange face climbs at a low grade, and accessing all of the rock was tricky because the top of the cliff was all steep bushwhack for finding a rap .... I don't know, take my comments for what you will but I was not too thrilled about the possibilities here. Sep 21, 2015
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Sorry, but I think you mis.sed the crag ? Nice rock and casual tr anchors is what i remember

Easy tr up to 80' and nice rock ????

Were you at the Up Stairs ? Sep 21, 2015
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
Was up there a couple/three yrs ago and hiked up to the top lookout on Up Stairs. Figured we'd drop down a rope to TR Rosebud, maybe lead some of the others listed in Handren's then-newish guidebook.

Seems we were a bit off base and rapped down the left-hand side. Nice looking rock...fairly clean, lichen easily brushable, some weathered holds but nothing unexpected in a 'mountain' environment, sandy ledge to walk around on. It was only about 45-50 ft high. Did the 'central' crack (about 5.7+), and a couple of other lines. Had a good time.

After that, moved climber's right at the top and set up a line to look down over the edges; THAT's where the climbs in the book are located. I'd gotten "faked out" by the line in Handren that made it sound like from the viewpoint it was just a matter of rapping down. No, you have to go skier's left (climber's right) my notes say " I think the 80 ft cliff is 50 ft [skier's] left and 30 ft down from where the trail ends [at the viewpoint]. Aug 18, 2017

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