Type: Sport
FA: Glen Cilley, 1992
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Shared By: Patrick Bagley on Oct 25, 2006 with updates from Vertical Addiction and 1 other
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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Masterpiece is an all-inclusive epitome of Bonsai, as it has steep, juggy, and memorable moves that are not too far over the head of the average climber.

If you have one, clip the first bolt with a long draw (it's easy to back clip here, watch out.) After hauling rails and jugs, climber can be stymied by dead ending sucker holds and an inobvious crux about half way up the climb. If you are scared by the run out directly below the chains you are probably forgetting to stem or jam.


This route is in the thick of the steepest section at Bonsai. The start is distinguished by a smooth and slopey ledge with lots of chalk on it. The first bolt is hidden in a small but obvious left facing alcove. The opening moves traverse out right around the alcove.


Protected by bolts and glue-in eyebolts. Two bolts with Quick Clips for an anchors. (As always, help preserve the Quick Clips by lowering/TRing on your draws when ever possible).
[The 2001 guidebook lists 5 bolts to the top clips, but a 6th bolt may have been added. As always, more draws on your rack is better than too few. COMMENTs suggest a long draw for bolt #1.]
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
It might be worthwhile to note that the first bolt was added a few years ago. Before that, you had to climb up quite a ways to clip the first bolt. This bold start always felt very un-Rumney-like. Oct 27, 2006
Concord, NH
BrianWinslow   Concord, NH
This is a 4 star route until the last few moves, even if you do stem and jam. Definitely worth doing. May 21, 2007
This is a GREAT climb. I, for one, wish the bolt had never been added to the start. Was a proud way to get aquainted with 5.10 back in the day. Had to climb up for a ways before the first bolt, indeed (seemed way runout!) but it was all on easy ground. Enormous jugs for every handhold. I am saddened by the seemingly pervading notion that all Rumney routes must be "cookie cutter" sport routes with no variance as to the commitment level. As I said, it used to be a prouder tick. Too bad. Nowadays, it's at least average for Rumney! Dec 1, 2007
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
I don't really get the added first bolt either. It doesn't really protect much anyway particularly with a sling on it to avoid rope drag, protected great with gear if you chose and was fine as a stick clip if nervous. It would have made more sense to replace the rusty original first bolt. It is a nice route though. Dec 3, 2007
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Great climb, i feel anyone who can climb 5.10 should do this climb, a great route for a first 5.10. Dec 4, 2008
Glenn Cilley
Laconia, NH
Glenn Cilley   Laconia, NH
Two bolts were added to this route, the first one and the last one. Near the first bolt there is a left facing crack, a red tri cam fits nice. Near the top another great crack for a 3 inch cam. Apr 18, 2009
twellman   Cambridge
My first barefoot 10a (on toprope), and a great one for it! It's actually not much harder barefoot, cuz you can use your toes to "grab" some of the many horizontal ledges. The stemming moves at the top are a little more saucy too. Mar 8, 2010
Toronto, Canada
nataliejwong   Toronto, Canada
A fun, challenging and interesting 5.10a. I'm more of a 5.9 climber, but this 5.10a was a really great route to get on if you're progressing to 5.10s. Start from lower left to right through a light overhang section with good jugs. It gets a bit pumpy near the middle section of the overhang, so positioning your feet is important. After the overhang section, the climb isn't as difficult to figure out. Definitely going work this route next time I drop by Rumney in the future. Aug 30, 2010
Peeled off the crux of this before clipping the 3rd bolt yesterday and crashed pretty hard into the wall below, injuring my foot and tailbone. Be careful, it's easy to whip around back into the wall if your belayer takes while you fall, I didn't expect the fall or the crash. Finished the route regardless, fun but tricky on the first go. May 26, 2012
S. Neoh
S. Neoh  
Like its neighbors, now fully equipped with fat glue-in bolts. Fun route. Aug 2, 2015
Nick Woodman
Saco, ME
Nick Woodman   Saco, ME
just a heads up, the gate on the left lower off is busted and won't stay closed. I'd love to report it but it looks like the RCA hasnt paid its hosting bill and rumney isn't listed on the bad bolts website. May 17, 2018