Elevation: 2,171 ft
GPS: 44.041, -71.788 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Robert Hall on Nov 6, 2016
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

Description

ACCESS-  ACCESS NOTICE - The North side of Kinsman Notch was the scene of a forest fire during Oct 2017.

Update 2019 -   Since the fire this entire area has seen extensive clean up and trail work by Jamie Cunningham and local climbers and most routes are climbable including all three pitches of Black Tourmaline.  The crags are all open now and expect to find lots of new growth ferns and small shrubs along the trail as nature takes care of the fire damage.  Jamie recommends folks bring in loppers (or hand clippers) and a small saw for any further trail and route maintenance. It also appears (to me) most bolts have been replaced...at least they all looked new to me on Lower Patina Wall in Sept 2019.

Home to at least a dozen climbs, including the "gem" Black Tourmaline (5.7+, 300 ft) the Lower Patina Wall is destined to become one of the "destination" crags at Kinsman. (OK, bad pun)

The area gets its name from the patina of chip-like flakes, similar to the veneer on some of the faces at Red Rocks.

NOTE: There is a new (2019) 8-bolt route between Black Tourmaline and Patina that is not even in the Sykes guidebook, don't get it confused with either climb!  There is also a little-climbed climb between Patina and "PowerHead" that climbs up thru the green moss-lichen.  This is SykoHead (5.7 R / X?)  More info in the guidebook (and see photo). Both can be TR-er from the "PowerHead" anchor.

Getting There

Park at the Appalachian Trail parking ($5 fee or pass) [or at the unpaved Beaver Pond parking.]  Take the climber's path across the street from the AT parking. [ Just a bit to the right of "walking directly across the road", and well south(east)  of the "AT" trail .]  You'll walk through flat, open forest with cairns. After about 5 min (or less) the path will steepen, go over some larger rocks/small boulders and make a turn to the right. [slightly relocated from earlier days].  Go a few feet left for Little Crack Land and Lost River Crag, continue right for the Bull Pen and other walls, including the Patina Walls. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Patina Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 6
Tuolumne Two Step
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Patina
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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Black Tourmaline
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tuolumne Two Step
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Patina
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Black Tourmaline
 8
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
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