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All the Way-A S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Aquarius S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Barracuda S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Big Kahuna S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Bonzai Pipeline T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Bottom Feeder S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Butt Bongo Fiesta S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Catch the Wave S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Charlie Don't Surf S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
China Beach S 5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
Cold War S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Concrete Jungle S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Coral Sea S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Cote d'Azure S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Cyberblock S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Dodge the Lemons S 5.13c/d 8b 31 X 31 E8 7a
Don't Get Out of the Boat S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
E-Ticket S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Fly, The S 5.14d 9a 35 XI 36 E10 7c
Flying Fish S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Flying Hawaiian S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Gold Coast S 5.13c/d 8b 31 X 31 E8 7a
Great White S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Groupie Fantasy S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hawaii 5-O T 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
Jaws II S 5.15a 9a+ 36 XI+ 37 E11 7c
Livin' Astro S 5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b
Localmotion S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Long Board S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Luau S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Man Overboard S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Mauie Wowie S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Muscle Beach S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Open Project S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Open Project (Bill Clinton) S 5.15 9b 37 XII 38 E11 8a
Original Tsunami T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A3-4 R
Restless Native S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Rhythm X S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Riviera S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Short Board S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Sidewalk Surfing S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Silver Surfer S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sinister 6000 S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Spiny Dogfish TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Style That's Free, The S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Suburban S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Surf's Up T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
TABDITO S 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Technosurfing S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
That Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
They Died Surfing S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Tsunami S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Tuna Fish is Ludacris S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Urban Surfer S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Vantage Point TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Waimea S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Waimea The Weenie Way T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Whip Tide S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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Shared By: lee hansche on Jan 19, 2007 with updates from Ryan Malloy
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Flying Hawaiian is a great route on which to test yourself in a variety of techniques. It's not hard in the grade but it feels it. It will make you work for sure, testing your skills at crimping, footwork, steep overhangs, a techy dihedral, and finally a potentially scary mantel. The route climbs right up the middle of Waimea and tops out, being the easiest route on this section of the crag makes it somewhat of a rite of passage and a gateway to the harder climbing on this legendary cliff.

You start on a technical "boulder problem" gaining a comfy ledge. Up a steep overhang to a jug gets you in to the curvy dihedral. Move carefully up the corner stemming with holds on the left wall and friction on the right wall. keep this up past a little run out and you are relived by a nice juggy rail and move up to a well earned rest ledge. Head up in to the last corner and mantel to the right. Scamper a bit up and left to clip the chains.


Right in the middle of the Waimea wall locate the beautiful, curvy corner. Start below.


9 bolts to chains with fixed biners. Stick clip 1st bolt.
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
People really shy away from this one. I know of solid 5.12 climbers who have not yet sent this climb. The moves aren't that hard, but they sure are intimidating. Feb 12, 2007
This is without question the testpiece at the grade for Rumney. It is such a varied and well-defined line, with several cruxes that take both power and finesse and a willingness to go a little farther "out there" than on most climbs at or below the grade at this area. Flyin' Hawaiian definitely has a well-deserved aura about it. May 11, 2007
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
i climbed this one for what was maybe my 5th time the other day and it is always hard and always so fun... dont worry about its scary reputation, grab a solid belayer and give it hell... as scary as it is, its safe... Jul 10, 2007
Mike Thompson
Manchester NH
Mike Thompson   Manchester NH
so i was talking to my friend recently,(friend you know who you are) about how i never want to get on this route becuase it frankly scares the crap out of me. but he eventually persuaded me enough to take a look at it here and after looking at the pictures i am getting deffinatly pumped for the route and i really want to try it next time. essepsialy since said friend has a hancoring for danger and has begun to give me a slight hancorin for it myself. a side question though.... i heard from someone that you can make a small trad placement at one point that makes the route alot less this true? Jan 9, 2008


You may be able to get some very small gear in the corner but I don't think it would help the fall, you would just get smacked into the corner instead of falling down and out of it. FYI- I've never fallen on this route but the top mantle move is also one you don't want to fall on or above.

Good Luck! Jan 10, 2008
Mike Thompson
Manchester NH
Mike Thompson   Manchester NH
thanks! i may be heading out there this im really excited! Jan 11, 2008
Englewood, CO
tscupp   Englewood, CO
I might be the only one who thinks this, but I think part of the intimidation of this route is the quality of the rests. At three different points you can basically chill out and think about what is ahead, unfortunately I think you're given too much time to ponder what a fall from the dihedral or top out may be like. Personally, it'd be less intimidating to just keep on climbing through the rests. This climb is just an adventure through and through.

On a side note, the first time I got on this route I was baffled by the move from the horizontal in the dihedral to the left angling rail (is it supposed to be a lunge?) So I backed off slightly to try to rest in the corner by stemming. Well somehow I got turned around and ended up resting no-hands facing outwards. If you feel like goofing off, try and find that rest because it gave a great view and was quite exhilarating even though it was solid. Feb 27, 2008
Carbondale, CO
dbyte   Carbondale, CO
This is 1 of the best sport climbs I've ever done, anywhere, @ any grade. The aesthetic of the line, length, differing styles of the cruxes, topping out & clipping the chains between your feet all combine to form a truly unique climbing experience. Mar 11, 2008
David Aguasca!
New York
David Aguasca!   New York
It's possible to stem all the way to the good hold in the dihedral, avoiding the heinously tiny holds on the lower rail. I def. think it's easier... Apr 11, 2009
chris deulen
Castle Rock
chris deulen   Castle Rock
I think this is the best 5.11 in America. Have I been on all of them? No. Have I climbed everywhere? No. But until I find one better, for my money this is as good as the grade gets. Tremendous and exhilarating. Apr 25, 2009
twellman   Cambridge
I did this route this weekend, and it was amazing! Probably the hardest but most fulfilling 11b I have done. The rests definitely give you a little too much time to look up and start worrying, but as you make the clips you'll find yourself saying, well that wasnt as bad as it looked like it would be.

I was a bit confused by the topout though. I've seen many people mention a mantel move to exit. There are two triangular-looking outcrops above the last bolt, and I used the lower one, throwing a heelhook over it then doing some awkward rock humping and straddling to get standing on top. Is this not the normal beta? I wish there were a picture of someone doing this move. Jul 12, 2009
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
that sounds about right... fun top out!!! Jul 12, 2009
Your not serious I hope on the pic?, just goes to show they will put any old rubbish in the climbing mags these days.

A bunch of half naked guys hanging around watching a girl dogging on the rope faking a move, sweet. Dec 14, 2009
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
we all want to be in the mags but that was a pretty crappy photo haha Mar 11, 2010
I have actually and of all things it was on the nearby Technosurfing, a bizarre twist of fate.

Sorry about the comment, I did not realize it was your girlfriend in the photo. Mar 16, 2010
twellman   Cambridge
Did this route for the second time today, and it was really fun. Definitely more of a mental game than a physical one, but there is just so much good climbing in this one line that you'd be at a loss if you missed out. So get on it! Apr 17, 2010
James Otey  
Perhaps we should just agree on the fact that this route could quite possibly be the best 5.11 in America, and we should throw mad props at Tom for leading it ON GEAR. Apr 17, 2010
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
There were pins in the corner and I am pretty sure the bottem had bolts, though perhaps less then now. .verry nice lead though and a super classic no doubt Apr 18, 2010
Colin R
Ottawa, ON
  5.11c PG13
Colin R   Ottawa, ON
  5.11c PG13
I was happy to onsight this thing. Probably my best onsight ever (I didn't want to have to do it again at the time). It's probably in the top 2 or 3 5.11's I have done. I can't think of any 5.11 that is better, only a couple that are as good. The other two are Thin Fingers (11a trad) at Index WA and Burning Down the Couch (11d sport) at Murrin Park in Squamish. Apr 25, 2010
Colin R
Ottawa, ON
  5.11c PG13
Colin R   Ottawa, ON
  5.11c PG13
I also think this route is undergraded slightly. There are some other 5.11+ routes at Rumney that I found easier than this. Maybe it was just the head factor but it felt really engaging... Apr 25, 2010
Would have been fours with out awkward ledge rest and awkward top out. The 25ft of dihedral are absolutely the best for the grade at Rumney. Not scary anywhere in my opinion except for the top out. May 25, 2010
Maynard, MA
Eric8   Maynard, MA
great route and only scary by 'Rumney' standards, could also be considered well protected and safe Jun 19, 2010
I have been climbing for 13 months and after reading all the comments about this route I'm very happy I actually did it as my first 5.11 ever outdoors. a friend mentioned the route to me as i was walking by it, and im like!! let's do it; I love this route from begging to end, every move, every hold, the hydro, everything, (maybe i was happy cuase i was doing well on a 5.11!!!) even the top out which is the scariest part of that climb; I took 2 big falls, but that didn't stop me from finishing this beauty.
I hope next time I do this route, I send it clean. Jul 1, 2010
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
lots of folks get super spooked about falling in the corner... here is a video i found of the fall no one wants to take... its far but totally safe...… Jul 22, 2011
S. Neoh  
Hilarious. I have actually taken the fall shown in the video, from slightly higher even. The spookiness factor is definitely there, esp the few moments before actually pitching off. Safe fall, shakes out the cobwebs though! :) Jul 23, 2011
James Simone  
Fun fact - the girl in the video that Lee posted is the same one hanging in the magazine picture from a few year's back.

What more is there to say about Flying Hawaiian? How hard it is to spell that damned second word?

I would suggest that the true crux of the route is actually the first move - whether you do the left or right variant, I doubt you're going to see anybody ground up without a stick clip for that one. Despite this, the dihedral has attracted (even amongst my friends, clearly) an aura of mystique that anybody familiar with stemming (bolted stemming, no less) will easily dispel. In other words - don't believe anything except the good rumors. While certainly in an exposed position, the stemming is merely an enjoyable exercise. I hope these words do not serve in any way to diminish your own enjoyment of the dihedral, or indeed the route itself! Lest it be said otherwise, I consider this to be amongst my favorite climbs. For some true power stemming at the grade, you might want to take a look at Coarse and Buggy in J Tree. Like Flying Hawaiian, the crux STILL isn't the stemming there.

The last move may be spooky, but aside from the potential to cheese-grate your right armpit, [warning, BETA alert] if you put aside your doubts and (perhaps) rapidly tiring forearms, you'll realize all you need to do is throw your right foot over the arete to have completed a truly magnificent Rumney classic. After hearing that it was first lead on gear, I am eager, too, to climb this in a more traditional style. Aug 1, 2012
Scary! This route really got in my head. Aug 7, 2012
Will Stat
Will Stat  
One of the best sport pitches I've done, and it actually felt more like a boulder problem into a trad route. I used a chimney/buttscum technique into a stem at the end of the dihedral and it was pretty casual. Those insisting this feels harder than 11b probably don't have very well-rounded skills. I hope the "runout" mentioned in the description is a joke because your feet barely ever make it above your last bolt! Oct 14, 2013
Nick Grant
Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Nick Grant   Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Just curious—--if you DO blow the mantle (or whatever the last move is), is it (a) a long but safe fall, or (b) a long fall where you might hit something? Jul 15, 2014
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
People are usually too scared to fall, so I have never seen anybody do it ;) Jul 15, 2014
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
I have seen people fall everywhere on this route... The "bad" fall is scary but as long as your belayer is on their game it shouldn't be a big deal... this would be a very standard fall from a 5.11 slab route at most trad areas... if you think you might fall wear long pants so you can slip slide away :) Jul 15, 2014
Will Cornell
  5.11b PG13
Will Cornell  
  5.11b PG13
What everyone says about this route is true. I got a send during my most recent trip to Rumney a few weeks ago. It was my first 11b and let me say it is definitely a classic -- without a doubt. the moves are fun and varied, but it is an EXTREMELY heady route. The heel hook and mantle at the top is quite scary. I had to hang on the last bolt for a few minutes to compose myself before going for it. Approach it with confidence! Aug 17, 2014
Zach Swanson
Newton, MA
Zach Swanson   Newton, MA

There is a slightly easier way to start this than the left hand 'up the fin' variation that everyone seems to use (as depicted in Lee's video on youtube). Look to the right at the start for a good crimp that won't require quite as much power right off the ground. Jul 15, 2015
Eli .
Eli .   GMC3500
That crimp is a total razorblade, but it does make the start a little different, and caters more towards less powerful and more balancey climbers. Sep 30, 2015
Zach Swanson
Newton, MA
Zach Swanson   Newton, MA
I didn't find it very sharp, just a little tricky to prevent a barndoor getting to the crimp. Nov 12, 2015
Seth Cohen
Concord, NH
Seth Cohen   Concord, NH
I heard a rumor that a hold broke off the starting boulder problem, making it considerably harder. True? Details? May 23, 2016
Zach Swanson
Newton, MA
Zach Swanson   Newton, MA
@Seth - I was just there on Sunday and someone else had raised this question (maybe it was you?). I went and checked it out, nothing broken at the start that I could find. Both the right and left hand variation of the start appeared intact. May 31, 2016
Graham O.  
THE best sport climb I have ever touched. If there was a 20 star rating on MP, this would get it. GO CLIMB THIS ROUTE!!!! Aug 27, 2016
Daniel Kaye
Boston, ma
  5.11b PG13
Daniel Kaye   Boston, ma
  5.11b PG13
In response to what Nick Grant asked, it's (b).
In trying this, I did blow the mantel, and came down barley clearing the little rest ledge before this move - sleeve of my shirt caught it as I fell past it. So it is totally possible to land an elbow or foot or worse on that ledge if you fall... IMO you get an awesome mix of heady, technical, and powerful moves in the this climb before the top mantel, all of which seem safe. I don't think the top mantel adds anything amazing to the climb.

Also, start seemed intact. The way I did it, twas not more than a 2-move V3 maybe? Aug 28, 2016
Hans Weber
Hudson, NH
Hans Weber   Hudson, NH
Best route I've done at Rumney, and a huge confidence builder due to the aura surrounding it! If you can pull V2/3 moves but lack endurance like me this is a very sendable 5.11-- the 3 rests allow for plenty of recovery time. And although intimidating, the dihedral is the easiest part, and I've never stemmed before. Pumped out from the day, I fell several times on the final mantel lol, but every time was left unscathed, so give it hell! Dec 10, 2016
Owen Silitch
New Hampshire
Owen Silitch   New Hampshire
This route might be the best pitch of rock climbing that I have ever done! Felt slightly sandbagged though IMO... more like 11c May 15, 2017
Ward Smith
Wendell MA
Ward Smith   Wendell MA
I first did this way back in the day based on it being a new route listed in Climbing Magazine, rated 10d/11a (which seemed accurate at the time). One bolt on the route, and that you could clip from the ground, risking groundfall on the initial boulder problem and then gear off to the sides on the second crux. Pins and brass nuts in the dihedral, my now wife then girlfriend gave me a ball nut for my birthday that protected it better.

The original route finished up a crack to the right. Everyone used the anchor for Technosurfing that was added later at the top of the corner, so I added the finish and retrobolted the route in the 90's. If you think that the top is hard then you are dong it all wrong! Go right young man, top out on the slab, and THEN go left and clip the anchors! There is tons of chalk all over the nothing holds below the anchors. Maybe it is 5.9 or 5.10 if tall - at most.

My brother and I have both toproped it clean barefoot but it has not yet seen a barefoot lead as far as I know.

Ward May 16, 2017

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