Type: Trad, 300 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Susan Patenaude, Ed Webster Nov 1980
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Shared By: Robert Hall on Oct 8, 2014
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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One of the few climbs in New Hampshire whose First Ascent was led by a woman. Having never drilled a bolt, Susan decided not to try her first while standing on 5.7 friction, and just led up through the P2 crux.

See also the ROUTE PHOTO posted to Cruise Control.

Approach - The first pitch of this climb is probably the same as Bonsai (see that climb for the approach description) and then from the top of the "Bonsai Super-Slab" it probably coincides with the climb "Super Slab" for 50 ft to a P1 belay shared with "Super Slab". ( Pitons & bolt at this belay, the lowest piton is original from Super Slab's FA in 1973.)
However, it is possible to easily climb from the right end of the Tsunami Ledge to this belay: it is about 60 ft up and to the right at the base of a left-curving flake that turns into an arch. About 15-20 ft above the flake is a 2 ft pine tree, similar to the "Bonsai Tree", and maybe just as old! (I.e. 50+ years, please take care!]

P1 - (As climbed by FA party) Climb the first pitch of Bonsai. (5.9- R/X) Then join Super Slab and continue on a rising traverse to the left for another 50 +/- ft to the Super Slab / CWD belay at the base of left-facing flake, near a band of quartz. 125 +/- ft.
ALTERNATELY- Climb 60 ft up and right from the end of the Tsunami ledge to the belay at the end of P1. 60-70 ft 5.2
NOTE:From this belay the ground can be reached with a single 70m rope, but not a single 60m.

P2 - Climb directly up, passing to the left* of the tiny pine tree, and headed for a 4" arching "overlap". Upon reaching it, step left ( crux, somehow Susan got gear in!?) then over it at the obvious step. Now easily up to a dbl bolt anchor (slightly left, and about 50 ft directly below a prominent crack in the huge horizontal flake above the slab ) or continue to the trees. 90ft to anchor, 140 +/- ft to trees 5.8+ / 5.9- X   [ * Note: the bolt-line to the right is the climb "V2" (5.6) ]

Descent(s) - 1) Rap or lower-off from the dbl bolt anchor , or ..2) rap from trees with 2 ropes directly back to the Tsunami base ledge.




john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
If memory serves me right..Bob Rotert(who also was on the f/a team) called this one a "good N carolina) type route.

I say even a bit run out for Rotert..and that's really saying quite a lot ! Aug 9, 2016