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Carter Ledge Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Brad White North Conway on Oct 13, 2012
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Carter Ledge is the often looked at south facing low angled looking slab seen from Rt. 16 while driving North near Chocorua Lake. Carter Ledge can be clearly seen looking east from the summit of Mt.Chocorua. This attractive cliff is located on the ridge leading to the Three Sisters peaks and has a hiking trail to its summit. This is an incredibility beautiful slab climb in a not too remote location with the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Chocorua over your left shoulder. The white granite is amazingly clean and solid with good natural protection where you need it.

Getting There 

Hiking Directions to Carter Ledge

You can approach Carter Ledge two different ways. Both ways involve a two plus mile hike so this climb is not for the belay off your bumper crowd. Start at the Piper Trail in Albany and hike 1.2 miles to the Nickerson Ledge Trail on the right. Follow the Nickerson Ledge Trail to its Junction with the Carter Ledge Trail in .8 miles.

The alternative is to start in the White Ledge Campground in Albany and follow the Carter Ledge Trail itself 2 miles to the same junction. This way seems a bit easier as it follows a gently rising trail the whole way. From the junction hike about .3 miles up the trail till an open slab can be seen just left of the trail. Hike up a few more steps till the trail turns sharply to the right. Move left up and across the top of the slabs in the woods just below another set of short slabs above. Bushwhack/traverse left (west) across the slope keeping at the same elevation for about 10-15 minutes and you will intersect the bottom of the slab. Do not drop to low on the hillside or you might hike right on by.

Carter Ledge is obvious when you see it as it is very clean perfect granite with occasional Jack Pines growing out of its open face. This cliff has been climbed before (possibly many times) but never officially recorded that I could find. The second time I climbed Carter Ledge an old fixed angle piton was found at half height. The approach takes between one and a half to two hours with the majority of the hiking on the trail.

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Weather station 4.7 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Carter Ledge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Carter Ledge:
Living the Dream    5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Carter Ledge Direct    5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
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Featured Route For Carter Ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Brad White leading P2 (the eye)

Wandering I 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  New Hampshire : WM: Albany Area : Carter Ledge
P1 – Climb 40’ up to a small overlap in the left center of the slab. Start moving up and right to a small bush (hidden yellow #2 Camalot crack) then up a shallow left facing flake near the right edge of the slab. Move up then right over the top of the tree island using the occasional tree for protection. Belay at a small pine tree with gear backup 40 feet below the obvious corner/overlap. 200’ 5.5 PG 13P-2 – Friction straight up to the right slanting corner crack, (the eye), good prot...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: Carter Ledge Photo Topo
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Rock Climbing Photo: The lonely Belay Tree on Carter Ledge Direct from ...
BETA PHOTO: The lonely Belay Tree on Carter Ledge Direct from ...
Rock Climbing Photo: View up the center of Carter Ledge from the lonely...
View up the center of Carter Ledge from the lonely...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bottom of the Slab on Living the Dream.
Bottom of the Slab on Living the Dream.
Rock Climbing Photo: The top of Carter Ledge near the trail.
The top of Carter Ledge near the trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Chocorua from Carter Ledge
View of Chocorua from Carter Ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Carter Ledge from near the summit of Mt. Chocorua
BETA PHOTO: Carter Ledge from near the summit of Mt. Chocorua

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By chinos
Oct 15, 2012
This is an excellent place to do some nice moderate climbing in a beautiful setting. The granite is excellent and naturally clean for the most part. It is easy to wander and link pitches that look desirable. A nice back-country feel!

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