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A Slice Of Life S 
Anti-Social Behavior S 
Bombs Away T 
Bonsai Bulge S 
Cavatelli S 
Centerpiece S 
Five Steps T 
Flake, The T 
India T 
Jugline S 
Kamikazee S 
Kundalini S 
Masterpiece S 
Noodle, The S 
Peer Pressure S 
Pretzel Logic S 
Social Climber T 
Social Distortion S 
Social Obligation S 
Social Outcast S 
Social Promotion S 
War and Peace S 

Bonsai Rock Climbing 

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Looking for steep climbing on big holds? Want a range of five star routes from 5.9 to 12d? Bonsai will serve you well. The left side of the wall is home to Kundalini (12d), Rumney's first 13, later downgraded after the discovery of a critical kneebar. Easier but always challenging at 10d is the peerless classic corner of Peer Pressure, Rumney's first sport route. The ever popular Social Outcast is a picture perfect 5.12a arete, juggy and pumpy with an exciting top out, and a great introduction to the grade if you have more endurance than power. The right side of the cliff offers more moderate climbing of equal quality, such as Masterpiece (10a), Centerpiece (10d) and War and Peace (5.9). The base of Bonsai is rimmed by tall pines, which offer shade in summer and also catch your feet as you lower off.

Getting There 

It is best to take the Shortcut Trail from the small parking lot. Leave the lot, head up the stairs, cross underneath Venus Wall. At the obvious boulder-strewn wash, cut uphill. This will deposit you on the right side of Bonsai.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.1 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bonsai

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bonsai:
Bombs Away   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
War and Peace   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Masterpiece   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Jugline   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Peer Pressure   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Centerpiece   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Social Climber   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Social Outcast   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pretzel Logic   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
A Slice Of Life   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Social Distortion   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Noodle   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 70'   
Kundalini   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Bonsai
Rock Climbing Photo: Jay Conway- low on the route

Social Outcast 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  New Hampshire : *Rumney : Bonsai
The unmistakable arete of Social Outcast can be seen from most points at or near Bonsai. Social offers steep climbing on mostly big holds. Begin with a hard sequence to gain the first jug on the route. Boulder a few moves on huge holds and climb slightly up until you can rest at a no-hands stance.From the rest, move right onto the arete proper. The big holds continue up the arete. Most people top out to the right and then walk left to clip the chains. The left, more direct, exit is harder and a ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: the steep "social" routes
BETA PHOTO: the steep "social" routes

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jun 11, 2008
there was hardly and damage to the climbing at rumney due to the recent fire... however i did see one thing that changed... there was a trad route that was rarely done and not really worth doing to the left of pretzel logic... it was decribed as "rambling up broken rock" well if it was broken rock before now its really broken... a large tree fell across it and pretty much removed it from the cliff... im glad it didnt crush anything too fun...
By S. Neoh
Sep 4, 2011
A number of youngsters told me today that there is a nearly independent line between Masterpiece and War and Peace. It eventually merges into the War and Peace at the top and that is how they have been top-roping it. Someone has even done some cleaning of the 'route'. I was told it goes at 10d/11a. Does anyone know more about this? I was told that other than the few shared holds with War and Peace at the top, this climb shares no hold with War and Peace or Masterpiece. I might give it a run the next time I am at the crag.
By Alan Emery
From: Lebanon, NH
Jul 29, 2017
In the really dirty massive crack that separates Anti-Social Behavior and Social Obligation, I climbed the side of social obligation today. It TRed it from the Social Obligations anchors. I don't see anything written about it, but being Rumney, I doubt I was the first one on it. It was about a 7 or 8, dirty, but a lot of fun. There is one very dangerous loose flake at top that is just laying on the big block that is stuck between the two sides deep within the crack. I could of given it a easy pull and it would of come off. The danger is it may tumble down onto the approach path to Bonsai, if it traveled that far. I will add a photo of the flake in the Social Obligation area. My left hand is on it.

  • ** UPDATE ***

Ladd took care of the flake. All safe to come and play!

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