Type: Trad, 2 pitches
FA: Henry Barber, J. Brag, Bob Anderson, Aug. 23, 1973
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Shared By: lee hansche on Feb 17, 2007
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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Airation is a perfect straightforward finger crack. The crux is dealing with the pain of the sharp fingerlocks. This is a great example of 5.11a fingers. Footwork is key as there are many small feet on the face.

Pitch 1: 5.11a follow the picture-perfect, finger crack to a tree with a fixed sling and rings. Most people only do the first pitch.

Pitch 2: Follow the lower angled rock to the top.


Start on a tree-covered ledge just left of the original finish for Thin Air (5.6), which is a leaf filled gully. (Be careful stepping over the gap to the base of the climb...If you slip it's a looooong way down.) From the ledge, find the nicest finger crack. Have fun...


Cams from thin fingers to wide fingers and some nuts.


Seriously sharp, protect the bottom with blue and green Aliens. Apr 18, 2007
Mike Thompson
Manchester NH
Mike Thompson   Manchester NH
ooOOOooo! i wanna get oh this this summer! when will it dry out? Mar 6, 2009
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
never can tell Micheal... but its not that bad there are just a few spots that take a while to dry out after rain or in the spring melt... Mar 7, 2009
It is almost a "give-away" for little fingers. May 5, 2009
Chris Graham
Bartlett, NH
Chris Graham   Bartlett, NH
I want to get this one clean this season...it is a beautiful, albeit painful route! Jun 16, 2009
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Henry, Bob Anderson and John Bragg- 3 days for the ffa ! Sep 30, 2009
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
Three days? Really? Sep 30, 2009
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
That's what I was told , Jay. Remember it was way dirty AND Henry was prolly removing the gear after every attempt. Gearing this climb, like Heather is much easier with Rocks and small cams too. Nov 4, 2009
Jeremiah Johnson
Contoocook, NH
Jeremiah Johnson   Contoocook, NH
Great climb; I just wish it was longer. Jan 18, 2010
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
The FA did take 3 days and was Yo Yoed. Jun 6, 2010
Matt Desenberg
Limerick, ME
Matt Desenberg   Limerick, ME
Super fun. The feet are better than you might think, too. Nov 16, 2010
such a phenomenal line. it's a shame it's so short. good footwork will get you through the crux with forearm pump to spare. Mar 10, 2013
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, ME
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, ME
When Jerry Handren was writing the new guidebook to the area he measured Airation: Thirty-seven feet. (I wrote out the number to make it seem longer). But boy, it sure climbs longer than that! Also, the climb is directly above the top-out on Thin Air. Often when we guided T-Air we would point up Airation and say to our clients, "That's the direct finish. Wanna do it?" Once the color came back to their faces, we'd coil the ropes and walk off. Mar 13, 2014
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
Thirty-seven feet? Given that I was finger jamming about every nine inches, and subtract the first five feet, that means I did over 40 jams in that length. That sounds about right. No wonder it seems taller. Mar 13, 2014
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Jimmie Dunn told me that EVERY time he guided Thin Air, he did Airation..that's a lot of times

if the tree came out and you mad to mantle on the ledge,it would be several feet longer Mar 13, 2014
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, ME
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, ME
Mantling always makes me mad, John. [wink] And you're right, Jay, in 37 feet there are about 143 finger locks. The first pitch really should have a bolted anchor about halfway up (so you can get all those locks back for the rest of it). May 6, 2015
Jerome St-Michel
Montreal, QUÉBEC
Jerome St-Michel   Montreal, QUÉBEC