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Childs Play 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 29, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Getting warmed up on child's play, the obvious...


The easiest route at The North End.... A good practice route that can be split in to multiple pitches for practicing the logistics of multipitch climbing...
Toward the right side of the cliff just left of Kiddy Crack (5.7) look for the hand sized crack that is steep at first then easing off to a lower angle... Jam your way up with good protection and interesting moves...


Toward the right side of the cliff just left of Kiddy Crack (5.7) look for the hand sized crack


Standard rack and a fixed pin..
There were two bolts at the top but they may have been lost in the recent rash of bolt chopping that hit The North End...

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By Adam Sadowski
From: Watertown, MA
Jul 22, 2008

Raps in place? Here we go again...
By Chris Duca
From: Havertown, PA
Jul 22, 2008
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Last I saw (3 months ago), the tree between Child's Play and Recluse was slung and had rap rings...but no bolts, though.
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Jul 23, 2008

The first rule is: you don't talk about bolts at the North End. The second rule is: you don't talk about bolts at the North End...
By Jamescolinwalsh17
Jun 21, 2010

Does anyone else think this one feels like it has been greased with vaseline or something? It's an easy climb, but IMHO the rock just feels slippery.
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Jun 28, 2010
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

no bolts ever on the route, rap from the tree, bolts unecessary. and no, the chopper doesn't read this.
By Eric Nguyen
From: Natick, MA
Jul 24, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Tricky start. Then lots of opportunities to use big pieces! And there are bolts and rap rings at the top of the climb. Certainly not necessary, but they are there.
By Russ Keane
Sep 11, 2015

Pretty fun. Reminds me of alpine routes like Whitney or Pinnacle, with the big blocky features.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Sep 18, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a total sandbag at the grade (I'll be brave and call it like it is: strenuous and awkward 5.7). The opening moves are tricky and insecure and greasy---another ankle-snapping possibility, even on TR. Careful spotting for both leader and 2nd is important. Once on standing on the ledge 6 feet up, you're all set.
By Tom Sherman
From: Bristol, RI
Oct 13, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I placed the first piece of gear high enough to protect the entry move, on a solid jam and in my hiking boots (I'm 6'-2" though). If you want to protect the next bit, you'd need a #5, but this is easier climbing so forget about it and move on.

The upper crux I crack-climbed... holy awkward, way easier as a layback.

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