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Blue Route

5.6, Trad, 2 pitches,  Avg: 1.4 from 17 votes
FA: Lowell Tech Outing Club, 1960s?
Massachusetts > Leominster Area > Crow Hill > 5. Main Face

Description

This route follows the obvious, left-angling crack just to the left of Intertwine (5.8+). Belay from somewhere along the long ramp. Finish by following the second pitch of The Chimney (5.6 G) or exit up right to the Intertwine ledge and rappel from the chains.

Location

This route is located just to the left of Intertwine. After completing the route either rappel from a threaded chain near the back wall of the Intertwine ledge or if you finish with the second pitch of Chimney, walk off to the right (towards the practice face).

Protection

Good pro, carry a standard rack. Tree anchors at the top or fixed rappel chains on the Intertwine ledge.

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The bottom of "Blue Route." The crux is where the rope disappears over the top. You can see the "Intertwine" crack off to the right.
[Hide Photo] The bottom of "Blue Route." The crux is where the rope disappears over the top. You can see the "Intertwine" crack off to the right.
The two pretty good cracks that lead up to the ledge.
[Hide Photo] The two pretty good cracks that lead up to the ledge.

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losbill
  5.6
[Hide Comment] Hate to disagree with Ben, but local consensus (John G., Brian S. and me) is that this pitch is 5.6. It might have been 5.4 BITD when the tree was still there for slinging and clinging. Feb 13, 2011
[Hide Comment] I agree, 5.6 seems a more appropriate rating. I think it's harder than Board Walk/Green Rout. May 8, 2012
Ron Birk
Boston, MA
[Hide Comment] Without the tree stump (that is now gone) the top out is hard and slopy and at least 5.6. Jun 29, 2015
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
  5.6
[Hide Comment] Named in the late 1960s by climber's from Lowell Tech Outing Club....we put a blue-colored cairn at the base to "designate" the start. WWII-era pins were found. Jul 27, 2018
[Hide Comment] The one move on this (after several lead falls) felt harder than the Intertwine crux. Am I missing something? The ledge is overgrown and the slopers were a bit thuggish with awful feet. Is Crow Hill ever dry??? May 27, 2019