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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 160'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Dave Cilley, rope-solo on October 6, 1972
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Submitted By: jeremyadams on Jan 1, 2007

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Alex working up the nice curving crack...


Bombardment shares p1 with Pleasant Street, a quick test of wits on a wandering, run-out 5.6 slab that terminates at a large ant-eaten oak on a slanting ledge below an overlap. Start p2 by stepping up and right over the overlap. The p2 crack climbing is an easily protected and fun place to learn jams and ween yourself off of the plentiful face features for footholds.


Starts at the far left end of the lower left slabs, at a short headwall. From atop the first ledge, step right, protect, and follow the white dike to the right side of the ramp. From the top of the route, move north (right) about 40 feet to rap anchors, continue to top on any number of routes, or walk left along base of cliff until you can round the corner into the woods and to the top (about 10 minutes to walk off).


P1 is considered 5.6 R/X, but can be protected reasonably* with double ropes. P2 protects very well with nuts and small-to-medium cams.

( * Ed. comment: reasonably for the follower; if there's a way to protect the moves up the dike for the leader, please describe! R. Hall Adm.)

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Rock Climbing Photo: Me finishing up Photo by Edge
Me finishing up Photo by Edge
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on Bombardment Photo by Edge
Me on Bombardment Photo by Edge
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam Winters and Bombardment on a beautiful June d...
Adam Winters and Bombardment on a beautiful June d...
Rock Climbing Photo: You can see how deep the hands sink in to the crac...
You can see how deep the hands sink in to the crac...
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on lower slab and Uncle G on the awesome hand c...
Me on lower slab and Uncle G on the awesome hand c...
Rock Climbing Photo: alex reaching at the crux...
alex reaching at the crux...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike climbing the second pitch.
Mike climbing the second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: The second pitch crack. A must do.
BETA PHOTO: The second pitch crack. A must do.
Rock Climbing Photo: The first pitch slab.
BETA PHOTO: The first pitch slab.

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By m-earle
From: USA
Feb 21, 2007

This climb can be done in one pitch quite easily with a 60m.
By Zigs
Dec 1, 2008

Due to my own stupidity I ended up having to leap frog my last two cam placements for the last 30 or so feet of the crack on pitch two. This is my way of suggesting that people bring two number 1, and 2 Camalots. Bolder climbers than me will probably say that it's not necessary but I like my gear. The jams are great though so reusing pieces or running it out are both valid options.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 2, 2008

i would recomend conserving gear rather than bringing extras, like i know there is a good .75 cam spot and some good large nuts... but do as you wish and have fun...
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Dec 28, 2008
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

How ever you do this route, it is awesome, I climbed it with Jim Shim and it was my first Conway experience, what a great first route in Conway...
By AWinters
From: NH
Feb 12, 2009

Almost bought the farm free-soloing this thing years ago with a buddy.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Feb 12, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Adam i know the feeling i scared myself on a 5.3 the one and only solo i will ever do...
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Feb 12, 2009

thanks for sharing the story... there are so many stories like that out there and so few climbers die from it... Maybe that says something about survival instincts... im glad you lived...
By Christopher Gagne
From: Dover
Aug 31, 2009

Does anyone know the grade and name of the three bolt slab climb that can be find going up to the 2nd pitch of Bombardment & Pleasant St?
I know to the right is the normal 5.6 start to each of those climbs just wondering what the other is...
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Aug 31, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

It's a newer George Hurley line, I don't know anybody who's done it yet. It seems kinda random, but hey, the man knows his routes.
By Christopher Gagne
From: Dover
Sep 1, 2009


It is a little Random and from what I've heard from another climbing friend of mine it's meant to be a more fitting start to Ventilator... I made the first bolt and the first moves up to the second bolt with ease after that I had to aid the route up to the crack below the oak tree...

Something I'll try again on a cooler day then the day I tried it...
By patrick donahue
From: Gunnison, Colorado
Apr 23, 2010

ya ive done this climb in one pitch and as you know it went a lot faster but still a great climb.
By Barrett Stetson
Aug 21, 2011

P1 was kind of sketchy (even w/doubles I think you are looking at potential groundfall?) and likely wouldn't do it again. Last few steps before exiting the runout slab seemed pretty thin. P2 was super fun, I only wish I had saved a .75 or 1 camalot for the top of the crack, ended up down climbing ~15ft to get the .75 so I'd have something good for what seemed like the crux to me. Also curious about the rating of the bolted route because I loved P2 but don't think I'd do P1 again.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 21, 2011

the run out moves shouldnt be too bad if you move right far enough... the dike you follow has decent feet though ill give it to you that its a bit of a head game... many people dont go far enough right and end up on pure slab at a harder grade (yikes)...

as for the bolted line its like 10a slab, not too bad and you could probably cheat through it to get to the money pitch if you wanted...
By Barrett Stetson
Aug 22, 2011

Thanks for the info Lee, that might be a better option for me to cheat through ;). I was on the dike, it was just the top that felt a tad thinner (could have been mental feeling like there was potential groundfall). I'm also 5'6", so maybe some get the jug to exit the slab a step earlier.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 22, 2011

right on... glad you were in the right place... pretty sure its a mental thing but thats just as real as any kind of difficulty... i dont use my generous height to get to the finish ;)
By JChepes
From: West Ossipee, NH
Jul 6, 2012

The Hurley line, Age before Beauty, goes at 5.9(Handren's new guide) and is a quite a pleasant(safer) start to approaching bombardment.
By Barrett Stetson
Sep 4, 2012

Went back to try Age Before Beauty and couldn't quite get myself to trust my feet, but was able to cheat through it hauling on draws without too much trouble, so it is cheat-able. Worth it still, love that second pitch.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Apr 28, 2014

This is just a wonderful pitch. Great rock, great gear, great jams, a nice little face-move crux---wish it went on forever.
By Russ Keane
Sep 4, 2015

Love me some Bombardment!!! Just gorgeous and interesting climbing. Wow.

Agree the entry pitch getting to the tree is testy. I chose the bolted slab line (5.9) and aided twice: grabbed the little tree at the beginning, and my own quick draw at the crux, just to get the damn thing over with and get to Bombardment.

That 5.6 deal out to the right looks pretty horrifying if you fell.
By ChrisN
From: Morro Bay, CA
Oct 23, 2015

This is a really solid climb. Perhaps a good choice to break into the grade, protection wherever you want it, nothing too strenous.

In my opinion, there's no reason not to do the Age Before Beauty P1 start to this climb. Super safe sport bolted slab. Trust your feet!
By Randy Peterson
May 23, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Make sure you go out far enough right on the first pitch of this route. I didn't get out far enough to hit the quartz streak and it was definitely harder than 5.6 and would have been a ground fall for sure.

Bombardment was AWESOME. Went up rapped down and did Pleasant street (also fun), topped out on the bolted 5.9 (very dirty but it's bolted so whatever). then shot over to do Upper Refuse.

I would highly recommend this climb.
By DJ DiDonna
From: cambridge, ma
Nov 20, 2016

A 70 meter rope will JUST reach the ground for rappelling down the two faces from the top of Bombardment. Two cordelettes secure a small ring, (plus my now-surrendered locker,) offering an alternative to the hairy right scramble – especially when covered with leaves – to the rap station. You’ll have to rap down climbers left a bit, but you’ll reach solid ground with just one rope.

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