Type: Sport
FA: Jim Shimberg
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Shared By: lee hansche on Sep 15, 2008 with improvements by Rose Shimberg
Admins: J Beta, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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A fun addition to the crag. Its crux climbs like an easy version of Flesh for Lulu. Slightly overhanging with bad holds and some good ones too.

Start just at the top of the newly added stairs at the left end of the crag. Climb to the left of the big oak tree. the route starts easy and climbs like a good low angle warm up to a ledge where things steepen. make your way between crimps to incuts and even a few jugs. The feet are right where you need them as youhead for the horizontal break. When you hit the break the style of climbing changes as you pass a small overhang on juggy holds (but its a little tricky). clip the chains and say. WORD!!!


The far left end of the P Wall. Just at the top of the stairs the lead to the Meadows. this route climbs left of the big oak tree.


bolts (10ish) to lower offs.


Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Lee you are correct by saying Jim Shimberg has the first ascent. Dec 24, 2008
This is a sweet route and one of the best routes in area. Really long, so you get full value.
Easy and fun climbing up a slab leads to a steep headwall where the climbing gets harder, and then a bit harder. Hang it out a bit, crank through the crux, and finish on easier, but pumping, moves to the anchor. This fine route avoids the wetness problem that plagues many routes on this wall. Three stars. Nov 22, 2009
Hannah W  
I agree! it only gets 1 star in the new guidebook, but it deserves way more - a really cool climb!! And I like how it is really sustained, it keeps you working to the top.

the crux is like a training wall for flesh May 3, 2010
S. Neoh
S. Neoh  
IMHO, the first 45 feet of climbing is easy but only 1 star in quality. The last 45 feet of climbing is really good, sustained, and quite tricky for me to figure out all of the correct sequences. For me, the top half of the climb is 3-star in quality at 10c/d, but only if one nails all the correct sequences.

Oh, Hannah, sorry, cruxy section of this climb felt very differnt to me than the cruxy section of Flesh (from what I can remember :)). Aug 8, 2010
Franz Buzawa
Brooklyn, NY
Franz Buzawa   Brooklyn, NY
I'd give this route a solid 10c rating. I found the upper portion of the headwall a bit confusing because there seemed to be 2, perhaps even 3, distinct approaches to the final moves due to all of the caulked up holds. Nevertheless, a fantastic climb and certainly one of the best in the area. Oct 4, 2010
Matt Wilson
Vermont, USA
Matt Wilson   Vermont, USA
How does the crux of this route compare to the crux of Sesame Street? Jun 27, 2012
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
As i remember, Idiot's is more of a pump factor with moves adding up as you go. Sesame is more crux then rest, crux then rest, there for the moves don't add up to a big pump... challenge wise it's right on in my opinion, idiot's being 1 letter grade harder... have fun on it :) Jun 27, 2012
S. Neoh
S. Neoh  
I second Lee's description. I also agree with Franz that there seems to be two or three ways to climb the top 1/3 of the route. I found the crux to be somewhat the same as Waimea's but more tricky. Ths route will likely test your route reading abilities and how well you can hang on in the overhanging section below the anchors. Enjoy. Jun 28, 2012
I do believe there are three ways of dealing with the crux defined as from the beginning of the business to gaining the good holds above the horizontal. I think, based upon personal experience and observation, 98% of climbers choose a sequence other than what I think Jim intended when he put it up. Which I think is less strenuous than what most people do and not terribly obvious. Hint: Chalk is not always your best guide. Someone ought to ask Jim how he did it when he put it up. I would but I don't climb there anymore and have lost his cell #!!! Just curious. Oct 22, 2012
Troy S
Somerville, MA
Troy S   Somerville, MA
I finally got on this route the other day after sleeping on it for quite some time. The route is long and intimidating but I didn't find any of the moves very difficult. Even once you get in to the steeper crux section the feet are all really good and it's not nearly as pumpy as it looks from the ground. If you haven't tried this route yet, get on it! May 31, 2016
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
Really good! Aug 21, 2017
Good warm-up route for Flesh for Lulu. Oct 2, 2017