Elevation: 251 ft
GPS: 43.005, -71.463 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: M Sprague on Aug 23, 2015
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, Lee Hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

Description

The Monadnock Region and Southeast / Seacoast climbing areas now have their own sections! *Pawtuckaway is still reachable from the NH homepage.

Southern NH holds some pretty cool climbing, it just tends to be smaller and wide spread. Mini-cliffs and small pockets of boulders exist in nearly every town, they range from sweet hidden gems to chunks of stone nearly worth developing but more likely to be "discovered" by each new generation of climbers and forgotten about.

A few quality standouts include the impressive but neglected Rock Rimmon in Manchester. 100 feet high and home to over 60 routes, mostly on the easier side of the scale. I am convinced that if it were in a wilderness area this would be one of the most popular beginner crags in NH and it's more difficult routes would receive the attention they deserve. As it is, the urban residents have effectively claimed it as their own.

Dumplington Hill (The Dump) is a place I have never climbed but I have gone once or twice to look around. As i type this im once again wondering why I have never climbed there, Force of habit perhaps? It's granite cliffs and boulders are like those of pawtuckaway but without the crowds.

The more you explore the smaller areas in the southern part of the state the more you will see that it isn't always necessary to drive an hour or more to get some good cragging. We are in a state that holds plenty of options for a quick after work session. If you aren't near any of the areas listed above simply step off the beaten path... This is the granite state after all.

Getting There

Merrimack Valley original map from visitnh.gov/information/abo…

Boston has a major airport, and most of the areas in the Southern & Seacoast Region are within 2 hrs drive. Manchester has a fairly large airport and is very centrally located to most of areas in the Southern & Seacoast Region. Portland, Maine also has a commercial airport, slightly less service than Manchester, but may be closer to many NH areas than Boston, and it is also far less of a hassle than the virtually downtown Logan in Boston.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Merrimack Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V-easy 3
 3
Warped Wall
Boulder
V0 4 PG13
 3
Earth
Boulder
V1 5
 9
Timeline
Boulder
V3- 6A R
 3
Wind
Boulder
V3+ 6A+ PG13
 3
high ball roadside attraction
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
The Devil's Steps
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Fire
Boulder
V4 6B R
 3
Pinkies Up
Boulder
V4 6B
 6
The Worcester Mill
Boulder
V5 6C PG13
 3
Tiger Stripes
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 4
State of Fear
Boulder
V7 7A+
 6
Tears Of A Lone Wolf
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 15
Powder Puff
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 11
The Devil
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Bruisemaster
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Warped Wall Palmer Bartell… > Swamp Boulders
 3
V-easy 3 Boulder
Earth Clough SP > … > Lone Wolf Area > Elemental Boulder
 3
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Timeline Clough SP > … > Mammoth Rock Area > Mammoth Rock
 9
V1 5 Boulder
Wind Clough SP > … > Lone Wolf Area > Elemental Boulder
 3
V3- 6A R Boulder
high ball roadside attraction Lake Potanipo (… > Prow & Rdside Attraction
 3
V3+ 6A+ PG13 Boulder
The Devil's Steps Clough SP > N End > Cliff Boulders
 4
V4 6B Boulder
Fire Clough SP > … > Lone Wolf Area > Elemental Boulder
 3
V4 6B Boulder
Pinkies Up Clough SP > … > Lone Wolf Area > Big-Swirly
 3
V4 6B R Boulder
The Worcester Mill Beaver Brook > Rocky Ridge Boulders
 6
V4 6B Boulder
Tiger Stripes Clough SP > Rd-Side Boulders > Sheer Boulder
 3
V5 6C PG13 Boulder
State of Fear Clough SP > … > Mammoth Rock Area > Mammoth Rock
 4
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Tears Of A Lone Wolf Clough SP > … > Lone Wolf Area > Lone Wolf Boulder
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
Powder Puff Rock Rimmon > Left Side
 15
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
The Devil Rock Rimmon > Central Section
 11
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Bruisemaster Dumplington Hil… > Bruisemasters block
 4
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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