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No Mans Land

5.6 X, Trad, 130 ft (39 m),  Avg: 2.3 from 14 votes
FA: T Swain' K Speckman May1980
New Hampshire > Cathedral Ledge > Thin Air Face


I found this route to be super fun and exciting... You wont want to do it till 5.6 feels like a walk in the park to you cause you will find yourself pulling 5.6 moves well above your gear... Climb well and keep a cool head and you will have a great time...

The original line starts at the same spot as Still in Saigon (5.8) and heads up then right on a ledge until you get to the dike that you will follow for most of the climb...

You can also start right below the dike climbing up to the right of a bush on a ledge (where you can get a small cam in)... Then make a few tricky moves to get to the dike...The direct start is slightly harder but better protected...

Which ever start you use you will end up following the dike up and slightly left as you enjoy classic Thin Air Face climbing... Lots of good edges and fun mantels all very "on your feet"...
At about halfway there is a horizontal break (optional belay) that takes big cams that give you that special "i wont hit the ground" feeling... Continue up following the path of least resistance to protection behind a flake then motor up to the same 2 bolt/ring anchor as Still in Saigon, which you will find on a ledge up and to your left...

Most partys will rap from here or finish up Miss Saigon (5.8+) above...

Have fun and be safe... Just between you and me i found it to feel more like an "R" route, but the book calls it "X" so i posted it as such to be safe...


The next line to the right of Still in Saigon (5.8)...


Bring a regular rack though you wont need much... It would just suck to be without the piece you need when you are already 40 feet from your last piece...
I used TCUs, a #1 cam, and a nut...

A 60 meter rope doesn't quite make it to the ground so you should have two... Unless you don't mind down climbing the last 20 feet to the ground...

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Mike Thompson
Manchester NH
[Hide Comment] i feel like i need to get an R or X rated route under my belt and this one seems pretty fun :) addin it to my todo list :) Mar 6, 2009
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
[Hide Comment] it really is a fun time... just watch your route finding cause one thing you dont want to do in an "R" situation is get lost... enjoy... Mar 7, 2009
Mike Robinson
Grand Junction, CO
[Hide Comment] Fun Route..some 50/50 gear so may be more R and less X? Jul 2, 2011
Russ Keane
Plymouth, NH
[Hide Comment] I liked this route very much. I am comfy at 5.6 and I would agree that you would want to be comfy at 5.6 before heading up this one. Gear is sparse, but not X by any means. Little aliens were bailing me out. Nuts, and tricams even, were funky to get in. All the moves are positive though. Nothing was really sketchy.

Good climb.

A 60m single rope rappel from the anchor doesn't quite get you down.... Jul 22, 2014
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
  5.6 X
[Hide Comment] If I remember correctly, it's also possible to get to the Rapid Transit belay and then go on with that climb's excellent 5.9 P2.

I left my opinion of this as "X" because I think there's not much around the crux, which if I remember correctly I felt was the small, rounded, left-facing corner visible in the photo ["Mike R"] just where the rope appears to come out of the trees. Aug 13, 2017