Bear Mountain Slab Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Bear Mt from the Kanc, Sept. 2013
A good sized cliff with a lot mystery. South facing with some awesome rock and some rockfall areas.Easily seen from tha Kanc but a little hard to get to.I have yet to even FIND some climbs! The described routes are easy to find though.
Just west from Rainbow/Crack In The Woods on the north side of the river. Park at a Forest Service road and cross the river (grade 2-3). Straight in and up a steep hill to big boulders- the cliff is another 10 minutes.
mmm? The best "straight in" approach to Bear Mt is actually a fair distance West of the "Webster"-river-crossing for Crack-in-the-Woods and Rainbow.
I'd think a better approach is to park at the Upper Falls ("Rocky Gorge") parking, cross the river on the footbridge, and follow the "tourist" trail up and around right (past the South end of the pond) and pick up the Nam-----cook Ski/Bike trail. Follow this South/East a short distance until it splits, take the left fork for the "upper path". Up an easy grade, then the trail swings right (careful not to follow an old logging road which goes "straight" here) and levels off. Watch for a 20 ft high boulder on the left, then another 15-20 foot-er on the right [photo]; leave the trail at the 2nd boulder with a 90-degree left-hand turn and bushwhack to the cliff. (Somewhere I have the exact compass bearing and will add it to this description.) If the trail starts to descend fairly consistently, you've past the boulder(s).
Also, if you are lucky, when you get close to the cliff you may "hit" a monstrous boulder with a fabulous roof crack.
As for actually finding the climbs...I have to agree with John, the base is a not-seen-from-the-road jumble of steep slopes with years of leaves, sometimes wet and mossy slab and generally quite an "adventure". R Hall
Climbing Season For the WM: Kancamagus (Eastern) area.
Weather station 6.5 miles from here
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