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Sesame Street

5.10c, Sport,  Avg: 3 from 204 votes
FA: Glen Cilley 1994
New Hampshire > Rumney > Armed & Dangerous Are…

Description

A really cool climb that didn't see much traffic until it was fully bolted, and it still doesn't. A long route with a few cruxes that test you in different ways that will keep you on your toes.

Start at the birch tree on the ledge about 25 feet up, to the right of Metamorphosis (5.8+). Climb the cracks (used to be protected with gear) to a stance at the base of a short steep corner where you can carefully clip a bolt and launch into a few hard moves that get you to a ledge rest. Continue up over another steep part with a cool mantel move. The final section surprised and scared me the first time I did it, 'cause I was in Rumney mode and all of the sudden I was looking at thin awkward moves on to a slab with few actual holds. Once I got in to Whitehorse mode, I was cool and did the few moves to the chains. you can make the final slab easier by stepping to the left then back right to clip your last bolt.
If the crowds are swarming around the other 10s in the area this route is typically still lonely, so give it some loving when you get the chance.

Location

Start at the birch tree on the ledge about 15 feet up, to the right of Metamorphosis (5.8+).

Protection

10 bolts to chains.
60M rope needed to lower.

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Jared midway up Sesame Street
[Hide Photo] Jared midway up Sesame Street
torie in the crux bit
[Hide Photo] torie in the crux bit
Spencer leading on the upper slab of Sesame Street
[Hide Photo] Spencer leading on the upper slab of Sesame Street
ML following up Sesame Street
[Hide Photo] ML following up Sesame Street
Jared on the fun upper slabby section
[Hide Photo] Jared on the fun upper slabby section
Jared stepping up
[Hide Photo] Jared stepping up

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

M Sprague
New England
 
[Hide Comment] Worthy of more ascents. Airy and long for a sport route. A 70m rope is nice if belaying from the ground, though a 60 will just get you down. Knot the rope! If you approach the last bolt from the left, you will find the going much easier. Aug 15, 2007
[Hide Comment] I did this route not long ago...was thinking I had never done it before. Only when I lowered off and pulled the rope did I realize that I had climbed it four years before. I absolutely loved it both times; it's long and full-value - runout on easy ground and adventurous the whole way! It's got to be my favorite 10c at Rumney. Oct 18, 2008
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
  5.10c
[Hide Comment] This route is the definition of classy, multiple cruxes, run outs, and a beautiful view, what could be better :) Mar 20, 2009
twellman
Cambridge
 
[Hide Comment] This route is quite long and fun. However, I would say many of the words used to describe it here could be used even more appropriately to describe Millennium Falcon... multiple cruxes, adventurous, beautiful view, best 10c at Rumney. Both great climbs! Mar 1, 2010
Jeffrey LeCours
New Hampshire
 
[Hide Comment] With looming rain clouds, we arrived to a packed A&D this morning. Sure enough... lines on every route but this and toxic gumbo. This route was GREAT! Jul 25, 2010
S. Neoh
5.10c
[Hide Comment] For me the first time on this route since 1994! Nice route. Low crux felt harder today than I remembered while upper slab crux felt easier because I went left and then back right. Nice long route if one starts from the trail with a 70m but rope drag is burly! 2.5 stars. Aug 14, 2011
Matt Wilson
Vermont, USA
  5.10b
[Hide Comment] Finally got on this one. I wasn't sure as ".10c" is still intimidating to me, but I was glad I did. It felt, to me, a bit soft for a .10c, but I am a gym climber with strong hands and bad footwork, so maybe it's just me.

Edit to add: This route is awesome! Multiple, good, no-hands rests, yet the route still seems to flow and is not broken up by these rests. Straightforward fun! A must for any gym rat wanting a good 10c to try! May 28, 2012
S. Neoh
5.10c
[Hide Comment] Nice work, Matt. It is time to clean up on No Money Down, Romancing The Stone, Clusterphobia, and Waimea. I finished my day yesterday on Idiot's Deluxe (next to ladder for Holderness Arete). The last half of the climb is very good. I think you will find it challenging and enjoyable. May 28, 2012
Matt Wilson
Vermont, USA
  5.10b
[Hide Comment] So... I recall seeing a second pitch to this, I think. Does this second pitch go to the top? And is it fully bolted? I would love to climb to the top of main cliff , and would like it even more if I could walk off instead of repel down. Jun 1, 2012
Jeffrey LeCours
New Hampshire
 
[Hide Comment] Matt, you were probably looking at the 2nd/3rd pitch of The Big Easy. Even more to your right is Bourbon Street, which has a definite crux, followed by a relatively long low angle walk to anchors. From either of those two pitches the White Buttress can be seen above, however, it's currently an unbolted trad pitch. A walk off from the top would be adventurous (by normal Rumney standards) and might lead you over towards the top of Orange Crush or back around the FAR left side of Venus. Much easier to make a few single rope rappels to the base of A&D. Be careful not to throw your rope onto the line of people climbing the 1st pitch of The Big Easy! :D Jun 1, 2012
Matt Wilson
Vermont, USA
  5.10b
[Hide Comment] Thanks Jeff! Jun 1, 2012
M Sprague
New England
 
[Hide Comment] The shortest walk down from the top of the white buttress would probably be to head back to the trail and head left. Just after where it crosses the top of the Venus stream, carefully scramble down the exposed western edge of the Venus wall (trending to skier's right) It is a good idea to have come up it first, so you know what you are getting into, as route finding is harder looking down) Jun 1, 2012
Kevin D.
Palo Alto, CA
 
[Hide Comment] An excellent route with, I think, more substance than other 10s I've done on this part of the cliff. I'm surprised that it still sees as little attention as it does; ours was the only ascent on a very crowded day. Give it a try--you won't be disappointed! Jun 11, 2012
Eric Neal
Jamaica Plain, MA
[Hide Comment] KNOT YOUR ROPE! I'd have fallen a few feet without it today. That said, great climb. Go straight up second crux, cause that's why it's a great climb. A stiff move though. Nov 19, 2012
S. Neoh
5.10c
[Hide Comment] Yeah, this is an under appreciated route. It is very good.
With a 60m rope, you can belay and lower the leader all the way down from the trail if you are careful. Always knot the end of the rope! Sep 8, 2013
Zac St. Jules
New Hampshire
  5.10c
[Hide Comment] My 60m had a good several feet of length left after lowering my partner. Interesting. May 4, 2015
Matt Wilson
Vermont, USA
  5.10b
[Hide Comment] A big "thank you" to the person who put in a new anchor several feet beneath the old one. A 60 meter rope will now cover the route just fine. Sep 28, 2015
Jimmy Downhillinthesnow
Bozeman, Montana
[Hide Comment] The bolt before pulling up onto the slabby section could use a long draw on it. Not because of rope drag, but because a fall could force the gate of the rope-side carabiner open, which happened to me today when I tried to punch straight up the bolt line rather than movie left and then right.

Fun route with great views. Aug 23, 2016
[Hide Comment] I just did this again the other day, and it seemed that things had changed near the top. There is a place where you traverse in under a roof about 2/3 height, then clip a bolt in the roof. I think my fav handhold disappeared!
I think this part is harder now, but still within grade.

Always fun, and rarely crowded. Aug 20, 2017
S. Neoh
5.10c
[Hide Comment] I think my fav handhold disappeared!
Don't you just hate that??
Thanks for the update, Tim. I will keep this in mid when I get on this route again before the end of this season. Aug 21, 2017
Amanda Milhet
New York, NY
 
[Hide Comment] One of my favorite 10s at Rumney. Pretty cruiser 10c given how the various sections feel like they are punctuated by good rests. The slab "crux" barely seems like a 9 to me. Nov 8, 2018