Type: Trad, 180 ft, 3 pitches
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Shared By: lee hansche on Aug 31, 2007
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One of my favorite moderates at Rumney due to its fun climbing and killer exposure. If you like a feeling of adventure with your sport cragging, this climb is for you. Look for the white toads that this route is named for--they sneek up on you. If there is something smooshy in the crack you reach in to its likely to be a white toad.

Pitch 1: Start in a somewhat dirty corner up the hill from the harder sport routes in this section. Stem your way up about 20 feet to a fixed pin. Clip the pin and step out right on to a face (5.7) head straight up on nice rock with good gear to a stance under a steep section. Place a good hand sized cam above and avoid the steep stuff by traversing right along a flake then back left to a tricky move (5.7) to gain a nice belay alcove with 2 bolts. If you gain the ledge directly its about 5.9.

Pitch 2: I normally do the variation called Dead Toad (5.8) which goes out left and is all bolted. The original route however heads up the slab ramp on the right (5.6) with minimal gear then back left following bolts to a great exposed belay ledge directly above the first belay. 2 bolt anchor.

Pitch 3: This pitch is all bolted and is super exposed and fun. Climb straight up above the belay ledge following bolts until you get to a blank steep slab move right here (the farther right you go the easier. I think a few holds broke making it more attractive to go right) then back left and over a steep challenging bulge (5.7) and on to the chains at the top.

Most people lower back to the ledge from the top pitch as you would for most sport routes. Then the second can clean the route and you can pull the rope. One 60m rope stretch will get you to the ground from the second belay. Tie stopper knots in the rope ends just to be safe.


Starts in somewhat dirty corner and exits the corner to the right after 20 feet or so.


A small rack of nuts and cams (a #2 camalot is useful on the first pitch). A few long slings and about 10 quick draws.
bradley white   Bend
I named the climb. I found an ancient iron Stubai carabiner attached to a pin below ramp. Chris Hassig reportedly climbed the last pitch bulge first. Jul 13, 2008
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
This climb is super fun, the first and last pitch are the best but the second pitch has some fun climbing too. This is a must do for all people comfortable with Rumney trad climbing. Awesome route. Jul 18, 2010
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
the dead toad variation (5.8) makes the route consistantly fun the whole way :) Jul 18, 2010
Steve Marshall
Concord NH
Steve Marshall   Concord NH
second couldnt pull a nut and we forgot it on rappel so i got to test the strength of the lone piton.

it's still stuck in there pretty good. ;) Apr 17, 2015
Tyler Quesnel
Tyler Quesnel   Eliot
Steve--didn't see the nut so someone else must have found it first!

I also didn't see the pin, so I must have taken a different route than standard.

Fun first pitch for an inexperienced trad leader. The morning dew and just barely acceptable pro kept me on my toes.

The last pitch was great--good moves, wonderful view, and awesome exposure. Apr 28, 2015
Bobby Mustard
Bobby Mustard  
Awesome route, this is definitely one of the reasons I run around Rumney with a rack. I thought the first pitch and last pitch had moves that could fall outside the 5.7 range, but I could be totally wrong or have done them in a silly way. Great climb and highly recommended! Jul 11, 2015
Climbed this on a warm summer morning. First pitch has plenty of good pro including nuts and medium cams. I even snuck in a tricam under the roof. Second pitch is a bit disappointing. Especially if you plan to swap leads... Will try Dead Toad next time. Third pitch is very exposed and gets hit hard by the sun in the morning. I felt like the climbing was >5.7 at the steep section, but only for 1-2 moves.

Overall this is a fun climb -- especially if you're a bit bored of Rumney overhanging jug hauls. Realize though that only the first pitch has any opportunity to fiddle with gear placements and route finding.

Loose stuff everywhere including vegetation and insects. Wearing a helmet is recommended. Aug 10, 2015