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West End

V3, Boulder, 20 ft,  Avg: 3.5 from 4 votes
FA: John Sherman
New Hampshire > Rumney > Rumney Bouldering > The Pound > Pound Crack Boulder

Description

Climb the obvious line above the block on the perfectly vertical face, the flakes look easy but if seen from the top the are not as good as they look. The holds are small but not tiny there are some long moves, but nothing huge. The route is just sustained, and none of the holds are as good as they look. It doesn't get a ton of activity because of the height of the problem, but it is a worthy problem. Be safe when one this route have plenty of spotters and pads.

Location

This route it left of The Pound Crack, just over the stone wall, it starts on top of the block and goes straight up, on the Pound Crack Boulder.

Protection

Pads and spotter.

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Calvin starts up West End.
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The route starts on top of a boulder. The spotter could use a spotter.
[Hide Photo] Calvin starts up West End. The route starts on top of a boulder. The spotter could use a spotter.
After the top out, you gotta peer over the edge.
[Hide Photo] After the top out, you gotta peer over the edge.
Entering the no fall zone.
[Hide Photo] Entering the no fall zone.
Calvin in the spooky bits
[Hide Photo] Calvin in the spooky bits
sticking the crux
[Hide Photo] sticking the crux
Don't fall...
[Hide Photo] Don't fall...

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Tim Waystrong
New Hampshire
  V3 PG13
[Hide Comment] When was the last time this route was climbed? Does anyone have any ideas? Jun 23, 2009
Tim Waystrong
New Hampshire
  V3 PG13
[Hide Comment] I was climbing this on TR today with Matt and I think this might be harder than a V3 but that might just be me the moves are big in spots for a short person but do-able fun to TR it I'm not sure if I would boulder this one myself the landing is a bit much but you should get on it with a rope Jun 23, 2009
Mike Robinson
Grand Junction, CO
[Hide Comment] I've been getting on this one, V3 is accurate...when compared to some of the other ratings here, maybe more like 4/5 though...could be the mental factor though? Jun 18, 2013
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
  V3+ R
[Hide Comment] This is from Stone Crusade, John Sherman's excellent bouldering guide to the United States, published in 1999: "Twenty feet left of Pound Crack is West End (5.11c), a problem anyone would want a rope on. It has been bouldered, but only by those suckered in by the apparently large holds above the tweaky start. After several surely-that-next-full-hand-edge-couldn't-slope-as-bad-as-this-one moves, one commits to a pumping finish or a lengthy hospital stay." Nov 10, 2015
Eli .
GMC3500
  V3 R
[Hide Comment] I'll suggest that this route is reasonably within the ballpark of V3, and is not particularly morpho. Those that mostly boulder will find this route pumpy and may have a harder time above the crux. I think above the crux the climbing is about 5.10/+ DFU. The top out itself is not particularly hard, but was a little dynamic for me. You very much do not want to fall if you commit to the small amount of climbing above the rail.

As of April 2018 the route is in clean condition. The shrub people have grabbed in the past is very dead and unsafe to pull on, I didn't remove it because I didn't want to make that decision alone. If the route hasn't been done in a while make sure to rap over it and scrub the holds. It should be good for another couple years though.

This route is super classic, and I highly recommend it. Apr 1, 2018