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5.8, Trad, TR, 45 ft,  Avg: 3.2 from 122 votes
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Massachusetts > Leominster Area > Crow Hill > 5. Main Face


One of the 5.8 jewels of Crow Hill, Intertwine is a popular fingers-to-hands crack that protects well and challenges both leaders and topropers. Begin by working up a corner or by protecting in the corner and moving up the blunt right arete to the short ledge at the base of the right-trending diagonal crack. The crack leads to a ledge, where a chain around a thread can be backed up for an anchor. EDIT: it is reported that a 2-bolt anchor has been installed.

Rappel, top out (easiest to the right, medium and hard by other routes), or TR a variety of nearby routes from the ledge.


This is on the left side of the main face, it is easily spotted by its characteristic right-leaning crack.


Nuts and cams.

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Leading Intertwine.
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Under the crux on Intertwine.
[Hide Photo] Under the crux on Intertwine.
The threaded chain anchor at the top of Intertwine.
[Hide Photo] The threaded chain anchor at the top of Intertwine.
The crack is almost always wet during the spring.
[Hide Photo] The crack is almost always wet during the spring.
Leading Intertwine.
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At the crux on Intertwine.
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Steve Marr
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Great climb that protects well, especially at the crux. It looks easier than it is, and the crux moves are stout (like all of the other climbs at Crow Hill), but very well protected. The hand jams at the top of the crack can be a little slick. Jan 12, 2007
Jason Antin
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Super protected - a set of nuts are all you need! Aug 10, 2009
Watertown, MA
[Hide Comment] Very good stuff. Some interesting, well protected moves ending with a somewhat more burly finish. Apr 19, 2010
Leominster, MA
[Hide Comment] Classic! One of the best 5.8s in the state! Jun 11, 2012
[Hide Comment] There is now a 2 bolt anchor. May 22, 2013
[Hide Comment] Finally and well-deserved.
This route holds a special place in my heart; it is my first trad lead ever (WAY too many years ago). May 22, 2013
B-Mkll Mackall
Bozeman, MT
[Hide Comment] @S. Neoh Burly choice for a first trad lead! I'm impressed. I found this surprisingly pumpy for what it looked like from below, though everything was pretty dirty (read: slippery) today in the jam department. Nov 2, 2013
[Hide Comment] Thanks. I think I was too green to realize what I had gotten myself into! That said, I think I might have done it on TR two times before I went to lead it on my 30th birthday. I had bought myself a #2 Camalot to plug and was so happy to place it for the 1st time on this climb (in the "pod"). I think some of the gear I placed would have held a fall. I had the "death grip" going the whole way up though. LOL. Nov 2, 2013
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
[Hide Comment] Very nice climb. Wish it was longer. Felt pretty tame for 5.8, definitely not a sandbag. Jul 30, 2018
Leominster, MA
[Hide Comment] Certainly soft when you compare it to the other “5.8s” here. Karen’s, Diagonal, Ladybug, Thin Line, and of course Tarzan are all considerably harder. Sep 23, 2018