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Shared By: Christian Prellwitz on Jul 31, 2015
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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. Most of the climbing tends to be in the v0-v5 range, but there are also a number of really fantastic climbs in the v6-v8 range, as well as one of the most amazing projects left in the Northeast. In total, there are probably about 150-200 problems in the area.

Most of the climbing tends to be concentrated in the Henderson-Swasey Town Forest, south of Route 101, though there are a dozen or so blocks located just north of Route 101 as well.

The climbing has a similar feel to Pawtuckaway, particularly Blair Woods, though I would argue that the granite is of a noticeably higher quality. While there are several highball blocks out there, most of the boulders can be safely protected with a single pad.

Mike Veazey and Ri Fahnestock (and many others I'm sure) played a large role in developing these areas and they have created hand drawn topos to virtually every boulder in the area. The map that Ri has submitted will easily get you to any of the blocks that you're interested in.

Getting There

Take Route 101 to either Exit 9 or Exit 10. The most logical access point really depends on which boulders you are trying to reach.

Refer to the Exeter overview map that Ri has submitted to determine the best access point, depending on your interests.

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Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO

Here is a small sampling of some of my favorite lines from the area. Climbs shown are: 'Jackknife' (v5/6), 'The Exetonian' (v8), 'The Arete' (v3/4) and 'Green Lantern' (v7). There are plenty more great climbs out there not shown in this video.

Respect goes out to Mike Veazey and Ri Fahnestock (and many others I'm sure) for developing these areas and being kind enough to share them. Thanks! Jul 31, 2015
Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
Just wanted to add that Ri told me he is working on putting those hand drawn topos into a more modern form and is going to post them up the Exeter section soon. Aug 20, 2015
Andy Elliott
Hampton NH
Andy Elliott   Hampton NH
Most of these boulders are in an extremely popular mountain biking spot called fort rock..so, if you also have a mountain bike and feel like exploring. grab your crash pad and go for a cruise. the route, green lantern, is literally 10 feet from a mtb trail. Oct 24, 2016
Tim McGivern
Medford, ma
Tim McGivern   Medford, ma
I visited the Exeter Boulder with a friend and spent a few hours there. Lots of really fun lines! The Arete and Jackknife would be classic anywhere! I did notice that the left side of the top flake (the "incut rail" on the topo) on Jackknife flexed when I cranked on it. Really nice movement on both of those.

I took a look at the property cards for the Exeter Boulder and Lantern Boulder. They both look to be on private parcels that are part of the industrial/commercial development. Has anyone talked to the land owners about preserving these boulders? A new development appears to be getting very close to Lantern...... Mar 30, 2018