Type: Sport
FA: Bradley White, 1985
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Shared By: Jay Knower on Oct 23, 2006
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Know Ethics climbs the tight inside corner to the right of Polly Purebred. Many a climber has lowered off only to say, "That was the hardest 5.10 I have ever done."

Though desperate, the climb is well protected with bolts. Climb up easy schist until below the orange corner. A hard pull deposits you into the corner at which point it might be helpful to think, "palms." And maybe "stems." Continue up the corner until it is possible to move left. You probably want to get out of the corner at this point anyway.

A hard move then leads back right, across the top of the corner, back into the gray schist. Easier moves give way to the anchor that, unlike almost every route on the wall, does not have quick clips. (edit - Does now)


8 bolts and a pin or two. The chains must be threaded before lowering. How uncivilized.

Climb the Extension! Sep 17, 2007
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
this thing always feels hard every time i do it... Jan 29, 2008
David Aguasca!
New York
David Aguasca!   New York
this route is pretty rad...but i dunno about it being the hardest 5.10 i've ever climb. the dihedral is tons of fun! Sep 29, 2008
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
jeff on know ethics...

youtube.com/watch?v=L3R2wPp… Jun 29, 2010
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
there have been 2 fat glue in bolts added to the beginning of the route... anyone that climbs here much in the winter should be happy that the first one is left of where the ice pillar forms... no more running it out or bashing through ice to get to the first bolt :)

the second bolt protects the move to get up in to the corner where you are on a loose hold (that can only last so long) and had only a funky pin for pro in the past...

Thanks goes to the phantom that comes in the night bringing us new bolts to keep our climbing safe and fun!!! Sep 15, 2010
S. Neoh  
Hear, hear, for the glue-in phantom. Take a bow.
I feel very insecure on this route (maybe due to the old pro, but I doubt it!). I will climb Centerpiece instead and fight the pump any day of the week! Sep 15, 2010
andyscott   Massachusetts
The extension is way betterrr... do itt. Nov 3, 2010
North Wilmot, New Hampshire
SmithBro   North Wilmot, New Hampshire
I will take my bow,although I did it for selfish resons. This is a super challenging barefoot climb,and I like to stay on the dry rock in winter. I also put an eye bolt below the lip on the extention, to make it easy to clip. Mar 6, 2011
S. Neoh  
Thanks, Smithy, for the glue-in bolts, and, OK, you got me convinced; I will get on this climb this season and try out the extension. Mar 12, 2011
Jeffrey LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey LeCours   New Hampshire  
"Tom Armstrong did the belaying. I initially did a pendulum right onto the bulge and traversed left and up to the belay of Iron Man. Tom followed and in cleaning the route had to move left instead of the pendulum I had done, consequently he did the first free climbing of the route as a second. I returned with Tom Bowker and did the first free ascent with him. Shortly after that the route was bolted above the crux. I guess my nested pitons in the corner spooked other climbers. Hint, the climb can be downgraded by going completely around the outside corner onto bigger footholds before the final crux. The 'Extension' was done almost immediately by me."

Comment by bradley white on July 21st, 2009 8:43 am Jul 20, 2012
Matt Levine
Concord, NH
Matt Levine   Concord, NH
WOW. This route is awesome.. Apr 23, 2013
Matt Levine
Concord, NH
Matt Levine   Concord, NH
Just want to add that there are, in fact, quick clips now even though the description says otherwise. Awesome climb, one of my favorites! Sep 4, 2013
I just climbed it and it has quick clips on it now. Oct 21, 2013
Nick Grant
Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Nick Grant   Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
An ULTRA-classic Rumney route in the mid-range category if you like techy, balancey climbing. This one's the opposite of a jug-haul, and it's a ton of fun. Be sure to get the no-hands rest when you're stemming in the notch before you move out left to the little arete. You can completely de-pump. Aug 3, 2014
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Now that this route has been climbed by an old, red headed climber..I propose an immediate down grade to 5.8

Your welcome, Nick Sep 15, 2014
bradley white
bradley white   Bend
That red head knows my secret left of the crux is way easier. Jul 8, 2015
wild, fun, varied climbing. Must do at main cliff. Dec 3, 2017