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Routes in Little Slabs by the Covered Bridge

When Kid's Run Free T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Type: Trad, 40 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 75 total, 20/month
Shared By: dragons on Jul 29, 2017
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall

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Description

A diagonal finger-width crack starts at the ground, and trends upwards to climber's right for about 25-30 feet where it meets a short, vertical crack. Getting up the vertical crack is the crux. This crack takes bomber pro. But you can't get a piece in above you for the moves up and over the difficulty. Take some care as to where you have your feet in relation to the rope as you move up.

Location

A huge blocky slab is directly across Passaconaway Road from the Covered Bridge. Walk around to the southeast side of this block and you'll see a nice finger-width crack that starts from the ground, and trends diagonally up and to climber's right.

The descent is an easy walk down the blocky slab towards the bridge.

Protection

Standard rack. Small to medium cams (and nuts, tricams, and hexes if you are old school).

Once you get to the top, you can walk back and belay from a beefy tree upwards and right.

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Jeffrey.LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey.LeCours   New Hampshire  
If Dogs Run Free (rip) Jul 31, 2017
dragons
MWV, NH
 
dragons   MWV, NH
 
I'm sure that others have climbed this route, given that it is visible from the road. I have looked at it many times as I walked by, wondering how hard it is, but never had a reason to try it out.

A couple of weeks ago, my partner and I were planning to climb at Lost Horizon. We parked in the lot, where we noticed a van that was emblazoned with the name of a summer camp. Uh oh... As we hiked up the Boulder Loop Trail, we could see a horde of kids with their camp counselors swarming over Lost Horizon.

Dejected, we head back down the trail to the lot. We didn't have much time to drive elsewhere. It was the perfect opportunity to try out this new-to-us route!

I led it to the vertical crack, but could not get beyond that. It's trickier than it looks from the ground. My partner, Bill Moser, was able to finish it. I'd give it a 5.7 (maybe 5.8!), but that may be because I am short. Bill thinks it's 5.5 or 5.6.

I have tentatively named it "When Kid's Run Free" because of the circumstances in which we climbed it. The name is also wordplay on "When Dad's Run Free", a beautiful route (5.4) at Lost Horizon. If anyone knows the original name, let me or the admins know, and it can be changed. Jul 29, 2017