Outback Cliff Rock Climbing
Routes in Outback Cliff
|Counter Culture T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Hyperspace T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Love Crack T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Object of Great Desire, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Phantom of the Woods T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Potato Peels, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Raptor Roof, The T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|Shared By:||nhclimber on Aug 18, 2009|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
DescriptionOutback Cliff is hidden in the woods up behind Sundown's Main Cliff. Over the years it has developed a somewhat notorious reputation as a mythical, hard-to-find cliff. With a GPS and and/or an advanced sense of cunning, The Outback Cliff isn't really that hard to find, and it's surprising close to the parking lot.
As of August 2012, the cliff looked like it had become reclaimed by the forest. But then again, almost every obscure cliff in New Hampshire tends to look like that in the depth of summer. There are a few worthwhile routes at the cliff, most notably Interzone, Love Crack, and Hyperspace. An inspiring photo George Hurley on Hyperspace appeared in a 1990's edition of Climbing magazine. Perhaps this photo contributed to Hyperspace's popularity, and prompted Jerry Handren, in his new guidebook, to refer to Hyperspace's "oversold" reputation.
The Outback Cliff seems to revel in contradictions: the routes are supposedly great, yet no one climbs them; the approach is short, yet everyone gets lost. I think the best beta is to go there and check it out for yourself...that is, if you can find it.
Getting ThereFrom the covered bridge, hike down for a few minutes to a drainage on right with an obvious trail to the left of it. Follow the trail and drainage uphill until you are able to cross at a faint trail where another drainage comes in from the right. Follow this other drainage staying right when possible. Now you should be seeing the occasional cairn (maybe, if you don't you will still get there). The 'trail' sort of dissolves from here and we have gone in 2 different ways:
1). Follow the drainages uphill for a ways then when the ground starts to get steeper break right and you will start to see the far left decomposed little cliffets that start the cliff, follow these to the main cliff.
2). From the lower right hand drainage break right at a cairn and attempt to follow cairns and your gut through relatively flat ground, trending right till you start to get to a boulder field. Straight up the boulder field you will find the cliff. Find Hyperspace first (far right hand margin) and the other routes will make sense.
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