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Back Crack

5.10a, Trad, 60 ft,  Avg: 1.8 from 5 votes
FA: Mark Sprague, 1999
New Hampshire > Rumney > Hinterlands


Back Crack is one of the least complicated ways of climbing safely into Hohe Hinterland. Climb this zigzaging crack straight through, and do some funky chimney smears up and onto the small ledge above the corner after clipping high on the left after the natural pro ends. There is a small ledge where you can place a piece before moving up over another bulge onto a slab and up to some belay trees in the Hohe Hinterland area.

Careful; there is a crux move to get on the climb, so place a bomber nut and crank through.


Scramble up into the dirty gully right of Hinterland Highway, and look to your right at the obvious crack structure (see photo)

NOTE: There are no lower off anchors at the top of Back Crack yet. Follow the line up to Hohe Hinterland, and rap off of one of the big trees.


small/ medium nuts, cams and / or tricams.

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photo by Ryan Barber
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M Sprague
New England
[Hide Comment] I believe this is actually how I did the route, and didn't move off right to the Killer's Crack anchor. I had fixed ropes running down from above for exploration and cleaning, which I think is how I got off. I had meant to put a separate bolted anchor in to the left that you would clip from the top of the corner. May 25, 2012
bradley white
[Hide Comment] Cool. It's a fun climb. May 25, 2012
Ryan Barber
Rumney, NH
[Hide Comment] I put a bolt in towards the top of the corner where the pro ends because there is a funky little chimney move to get out a good way past the last piece of gear. I guess I was a little confused about the original exit after reading the posts on Killers Crack. Mark, if you would like to trash the "original" page, I can fix this one and just mention that an extra bolt was added later for the exit moves. May 29, 2012
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
[Hide Comment] Finally got around to climbing this one... good climbing... a bit dirty in spots but hey its an obscure rumney trad climb what do you want? Aug 25, 2012
Eric Leclerc
[Hide Comment] Best way to clean this is by continuing climbing on "Schwarze Weissnergrat 5.8" in Hohe Hinterland. You get the bonus of climbing a nice line and no need to rap off a tree. Sep 8, 2015