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Vallee Daze

5.12a, Sport, 75 ft,  Avg: 3 from 69 votes
FA: Tom Armstrong
New Hampshire > Rumney > New Wave
Access Issue: Note: New route moratorium area Details


This climb is wonderful. It is very aesthetic line, has extremely safe falls that still provide fear and it'll make for some frameable pictures. Make sure you bring your bag of tricks as you will encounter crimps, deadpoints, heelhooks, sidepulls, barndoors, pinches, fingerlocks, and a kneebar if you are observant. Balance, a couple of interesting rests and footwork will be rewarded.

Start out on easy ground, make the first clip and then get ready for the next 50 feet of business. Grab an undercling, make the move out onto the right face using crimps and make your first desperate move to the first jug of the climb at 25 feet. Make a big move up to another jug and set up for the crux, a series of crimps leading to the redpoint crux, clipping the 5th bolt off the flat ledge. Use your rest finding skills to find a left knee bar on the ledge and regroup before the final 5.10 layback moves up to the anchor.

This remarkable line is a must do for climbers 5'10" and over.


Striking black arete is the center of the wall to the right of Black Dog Crack and Salley's Alley.


7 bolts of Anchors

Newly rebolted!

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Lance mid-crux
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A- Air and Pleasant Danger 5.8<br>
B- Short Wave 5.11b<br>
C- Barking Spiders 5.11c<br>
D- Weevil Knevil 5.12a<br>
E- Roaring Silence 5.13b<br>
F- Salley's Alley 5.11c<br>
G- Black Dog Crack 5.10b<br>
H- Vallee Daze 5.12a
[Hide Photo] A- Air and Pleasant Danger 5.8 B- Short Wave 5.11b C- Barking Spiders 5.11c D- Weevil Knevil 5.12a E- Roaring Silence 5.13b F- Salley's Alley 5.11c G- Black Dog Crack 5.10b H- Vallee Daze 5.12a
Tim starts up the arete.
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Full shot of lower section
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Naomi Risch at the pumpy move before the rest
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Kevin down low on Vallee Daze
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Ladd resting before getting to the crux.
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lee hansche
goffstown, nh
[Hide Comment] nice description ladd it makes me want to run out and climb it today!

so i know its rated 5.11d in the guide and i heard it was stiff so is 5.12a the current consensus or just your vote? im fully aware that it doesnt matter, just wondering... Jul 3, 2008

[Hide Comment] It is harder than Social Outcast, Peanut Man, and both 12s at Jimmy Cliff.

It is definitely 12a. Jul 3, 2008
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
[Hide Comment] cool.. well im psyched to get on it some time... Jul 4, 2008
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
[Hide Comment] Given the position and the moves, I like to think that this is the Latest Rage of Rumney. Jul 6, 2008
Emile Mennin
Plymouth, NH
[Hide Comment] Great Route, the day I sent it I was belayed by the man who put it on the map! And yes, I agree with the 12a rating. It is harder then Peanut Man, even though I sent Vallee Daze before I sent Peanut Man. Apr 6, 2009
[Hide Comment] Definitely, I did this today right after Weevil Knevil and felt this was the harder of the two lines. May 20, 2009
Andrew Freeman
Brookline, MA
[Hide Comment] I have to say, I definitely found this a little heady. Falling around the corner seemed like it might be harsh for your rope May 24, 2009
S. Neoh
[Hide Comment] I got on this today on TR. Very nice route. Knowing Tom, I am not at all surprised he graded it .11d. On TR, it felt .11d/.12a to me. I am nowhere nearly as tall as 5'10" and only found two longish moves. My partner at 5'0 (but with exquisite footwork) did not so much had to pop for a hold. And, yeah, she sent. Impressive. May 6, 2012
Lance Galletti
[Hide Comment] Little video of the crux. Enjoy!… Oct 16, 2015
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
[Hide Comment] A bit of butt-shot footage of me taking a lap on Vallee-D. A really great climb!… Sep 4, 2016
[Hide Comment] great and aesthetic route. I thought it was soft in the grade. Other comments made reference to Peanut Man but I thought Peanut Man was much harder than this line. Sep 2, 2018