Elevation: 73 ft
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Shared By: Christian Prellwitz on Jul 31, 2015 · Updates
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Description

The bucolic town of Exeter is home to the best coffee shop in NH (in my opinion), some great restaurants and the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. It also happens to have some really great boulders hidden throughout the woods that have remained relatively off the grid for most Northeast climbers.

The boulders are found throughout a 500 acre forest on public and private lands split right down the middle by Highway 101. A majority of the bouldering is found on the south side of Highway 101 in and around the Henderson-Swasey Town Forest (commonly referred to as Fort Rock). Not to be ignored though, is a fair amount of excellent bouldering on the north side of Highway 101 in and around the Oaklands Town Forest. Please note that some of the best bouldering is found on bordering private land. Landowners have generously kept these parcels open to hikers, mountain bikers and climbers. Please be respectful!

Climbers have been bouldering here at least since the 1970s and most likely anything under v10 was scrubbed and climbed decades ago. While we know some of the historic names of the boulders in these woods (The Exeter Boulder, Fort Rock, Cthulhu Boulder), a majority of the names have been lost to time.

There is a confusing network of trails here. About half are marked with color blazes the other half are not. Take care not to get lost! Bug season can be brutal here. The forest system encompasses a large amount of wetland. A good rule of thumb is "If you see leaves on the trees, the Exeter woods is NOT where you want to be"! 

Getting There

Take Highway 101 in New Hampshire to Exits 9 or 10 depending on where you want to go. Look in Exeter "South" or "North" for specific directions to trail heads.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Exeter Area Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 8
Call of Cthulhu
Boulder
V0 4
 12
Climber's Crack
Boulder
V0 4
 4
Dromedary
Boulder
V0 4
 8
Classic Crack
Boulder
V0 4
 4
Big Boy Crack
Boulder
V1 5
 5
Magic Dragon
Boulder
V2 5+
 7
Dirty Dog
Boulder
V3 6A
 16
Zap Cracks
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
Lime Light
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Cannon Fodder
Boulder
V4- 6B
 15
The Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 5
Jackknife ( aka? el espectro rojo )
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
Cthulhu
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
The Orange Peel
Boulder
V7 7A+
 6
Green Lantern
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Call of Cthulhu Town Forest South > Cthulhu Boulders > Little Cthulhu Boulder
 8
V0 4 Boulder
Climber's Crack Exeter Boulder
 12
V0 4 Boulder
Dromedary Town Forest South > Camel Humps > Camel Toe Boulder
 4
V0 4 Boulder
Classic Crack Town Forest South > Shire > Impossible Boulder
 8
V0 4 Boulder
Big Boy Crack Town Forest North > Rock City > Big Boy
 4
V0 4 Boulder
Magic Dragon Town Forest South > Ft Rock > Dragon Boulder
 5
V1 5 Boulder
Dirty Dog Town Forest South > Industrial Boulders
 7
V2 5+ Boulder
Zap Cracks Exeter Boulder
 16
V3 6A Boulder
Lime Light Town Forest South > Lantern Boulder
 10
V3 6A Boulder
Cannon Fodder Town Forest South > Ft Rock > Ft Rock Boulder
 3
V3 6A Boulder
The Arete Exeter Boulder
 15
V4- 6B Boulder
Jackknife ( aka? el espectr… Exeter Boulder
 5
V5 6C Boulder
Cthulhu Town Forest South > Cthulhu Boulders > Cthulhu Boulder
 4
V5 6C Boulder
The Orange Peel Town Forest South > Orange Peel Boulder
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Green Lantern Town Forest South > Lantern Boulder
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
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