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Albany Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: john strand on Jun 17, 2008
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This is a nice sunny slab (South exposure, like Humphrey's, makes this one of the earlier climbing areas to "thaw" in the spring) with some cool routes.

Most of the routes start from a ledge that is about 30 ft above the top of the talus. This ledge is accessed from the right side of the cliff. The access moves are on slabby rock which is often covered with leaves and/or pine needles; some will prefer a rope here. Once established on the ledge one can move fairly freely, but belayers should be cognizant of the drop off and tie in.

Getting There 

NOTE: Part, if not all, of the approach and climbing is on private property. Needless to say, treat the land gently, climb quietly, and climb carefully.

You can view the slab from a large, sandy pull-out which is 0.9 miles south on Rt 113 (and about 0.1 - 0.2 Mi south of a brown cottage on the pond).

On Rt 16, a few miles south of Conway Village and the "Kanc", and 1.0 mile south of where Rt 113 branches left (west/south) is a pull-out on the right (north). Park near the "Conway end" of this and, starting at a 3ft high boulder, go straight into the woods (up steeply at first) to an open area that's been logged, then angle slightly right through the mostly open woods. About 5-8 min from the car you'll intersect a "woods road", turn right and follow this to a large boulder on the left with cairn(s) marking the very obvious hiker's path. Follow this through a swampy area and gain the dry land beyond. Now, 3 choices:

1) Diagonal off right and though the HUGE boulders, then up to the right side of the cliff and then "scramble" left (more like 5.2-5.4 X) to the ledge where most climbs start. (After climbing you can avoid "down-climbing" this scramble by a 30-40ft rap off the ledge, or take the hiking trail down if all your gear is with you.) ...or

2) Continue on the hiker's path which leads to the open talus field (some cairns), up this about 1/2 way and then cut right to the steep slope ABOVE the huge boulders mentioned in #1, hike right on steep ground, slabbing across just below the base of the cliff to the far right and the "scramble" mentioned in choice #1....or

3) Continue on the hiker's path to the summit. Enjoy the view and sign the register. Find the fixed, double-bolt anchor at the top of "Reeling in the Fears" and rap with 2 ropes. (Don't believe the " 105 ft" indicated by some guidebook(s) !) This approach is, of course, much easier if, at one time, you've climbed the route from below and know where the anchors are in relationship to the summit!

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Weather station 6.2 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Albany Slabs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Albany Slabs:
The Tao of Dow   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 120'   
Fool's For A Day   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 120'   
Reelin' In the Fears   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X     Trad, 120'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Zarenski on Reelin'

Reelin' In the Fears 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b New Hampshire : WM: Albany Area : Albany Slabs
A true death route, I only list it because the climbing is good and on great rock. This line can be tr'd easily, especially after doing Fool's.The crux is 15' from the top and your last gear is literally out of sight.I was reeled in hand over hand after falling from the last move and only fell 70' instead of a 100'crater. Thanks guys !See the COMMENTs to "Fools for a Day" for Beta on (slight) differences between the two routes....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: From view point on Rt 113
BETA PHOTO: From view point on Rt 113

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By john strand
From: southern colo
Feb 8, 2010
Some very nice bouldering under the slab as well, up to V8 or so.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jan 30, 2014
We need some nice photos for this area. Anybody have any?

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