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Areas in Southern NH and Seacoast

BG's Backyard Bouldering Gym 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Bald Mountain Preserve 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Beaver Brook 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Breakfast Hill Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Clough State Park 0 / 0 / 1 / 69 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 69
Concord Quarries DWS 1 / 0 / 6 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Deers Leap (Windham) 9 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Deforestation Boulders, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Dumplington Hill (The Dump) 23 / 0 / 8 / 23 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 43
Exeter Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Gonic Trails 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Goodwill Conservation Land (AKA Richardson Pond) 0 / 0 / 1 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
Granite Hill Villages 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Great Rock - Sandown 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Grimauld Place 11 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Haseltine Lot Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Hopkinton, and Henniker 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Lake Potanipo 0 / 0 / 0 / 25 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Manchester Area Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Massabesic Lake / Lake Ledges 5 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Newmarket (bouldering) 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
PHS Trails 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Palmer Bartell Forest 0 / 0 / 0 / 29 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Pelham Tree Farm Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Portsmouth (Fraggle) 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Pulpit Falls 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Purgatory Falls 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Revolutionary War Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Rock Rimmon 23 / 1 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Sawmill 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Shieling State Forest 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Simond's Rock 0 / 0 / 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH 1 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Stone bridge supports route 31 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Stonehouse Pond 12 / 9 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Wallis Sands Cliff 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Wentworth Coolidge Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Wiswall Boulders aka Thompson Farm , The 0 / 0 / 0 / 25 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
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Description

This is a catch-all for all the smaller areas in southern NH from Concord down. Since Pawtuckaway is such a developed destination, it has its own area here

Southern NH holds some pretty cool climbing, it just tends to be smaller and wide spread. Mini-cliffs and small pockets of bouders 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.

Stonehouse Pond is absolutely stunning and under utilized. Sitting next to it's picturesque New England pond it brings to mind a castle protected by it's moat. Very worth stopping by to storm the gates.

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

With the exception of Stone Arch Bridge in the western part of the state near Keene, most of these areas are located off the main Interstate Highways of Rt 95 (aka the New Hampshire Turnpike) and Rt 93, and the excellent state highways, the Spaulding Turnpike (aka Rt 16) and Rt 101.



Check the Google Map to the left on this page for specific areas and their locations. See the individual areas for specific directions.

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 Southern NH and Seacoast

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V0 4 PG13
Earth
Boulder
V1 5
Timeline
Boulder
V2-3 5+ R
Wind
Boulder
V4 6B
Fire
Boulder
V5 6C
The Devil's Steps
Boulder
V5 6C
Brass Monkey
Boulder
V7 7A+
Tears Of A Lone Wolf
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Nose
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Little Plum
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Desperation
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Hymie's Last Stand aka Karin's Route
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Bruisemaster
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
The BBB route
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Moe Howard Died For Our Sins
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Down By Law
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Earth Clough SP > unsorted Clough SP routes V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Timeline Clough SP > unsorted Clough SP routes V1 5 Boulder
Wind Clough SP > unsorted Clough SP routes V2-3 5+ R Boulder
Fire Clough SP > unsorted Clough SP routes V4 6B Boulder
The Devil's Steps Clough SP > unsorted Clough SP routes V5 6C Boulder
Brass Monkey Clough SP > unsorted Clough SP routes V5 6C Boulder
Tears Of A Lone Wolf Clough SP > unsorted Clough SP routes V7 7A+ Boulder
The Nose Stonehouse Pond 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Little Plum Rock Rimmon > Right Side 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Desperation Stonehouse Pond 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Hymie's Last Stand aka Kar… Stonehouse Pond 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Bruisemaster Dumplington Hill… > Bruisemasters block 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
The BBB route Stonehouse Pond 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Moe Howard Died For Our Sins Stonehouse Pond 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Down By Law Stonehouse Pond 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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Dan Knisell
Townsend, MA
Dan Knisell   Townsend, MA
Anyone have info or history on climbing at Purgatory Falls in Milford? It's clear some boulders have been scrubbed and climbed. Aug 10, 2017
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
'I'm digging through my Hewe's Hill and Marlowe stuff..... more to come Nov 19, 2016

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