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Darth Vader

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Caged, The S 
Darth Vader T 
Jedi Mind Tricks S 
Oby-won Ryobi S 
Prawn, The S 
Sand People, The S 
Spaceballs: The Rock Climb T 
Storm Troopers S 
Yoda S 

Darth Vader Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.80352, -71.8404 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Patrick Bagley on Oct 28, 2006


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At the cross-roads of many of Rumney's upper crags, the compact upper and lower walls of Darth Vader offer routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.12. This crag is a popular destination for intermediate climbers and a heavily traveled warm up area.

The main attraction to this crag are arguably THE two best 5.9s at Rumney: Yoda (5.9) and Obi-Won-Ryobi (5.9+). These side-by-side climbs at "Lower 'Vader" offer stellar moves and are literally right off of the trail en route to Waimea and the other upper crags. If there is not a line for these climbs, it is hard to find excuse not to run up them! Lower Vader is also home the crag's only 5.12s, which are seldom done and often overlooked.

Upper Vader is a good choice for intermediates and groups, as there is a 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, and 5.8 next to each other on the far right end of the wall. The left end of Upper Vader offers two short and pumpy climbs: Three Easy Pieces (5.11a) and Easter Squal (5.10d).

this video has most of the routes at Darth Vadar on it.

Getting There 

Park in the far lot, walk down the road, start hiking at the woods at utility pole #37. Follow engraved wooden signs for "Waimea" or "Darth Vader." Hike up the progressively steepening trail while passing a few large boulders on the left side of the trail. The first crag you get to will be Lower Vader. To get to Upper Vader, walk to climber's right of Lower Vader and take a left up a steep trail. Take the next Left possible, which may or may not be obscured by a fallen tree.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.2 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Darth Vader

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Darth Vader:
The Sand People   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Yoda   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Darth Vader   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Oby-won Ryobi   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Jedi Mind Tricks   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Storm Troopers   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Darth Vader
Rock Climbing Photo: The bottom half of Oby-won Ryobi.

Oby-won Ryobi 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  New Hampshire : *Rumney : Darth Vader
This is a great example of one of the best things about Rumney climbing....Just cause it's steep doesn't mean it's wicked hard... There are so many big holds on the super steep start that you are bound to skip a few killer jugs on your way to the crux...Most people can clip the first bolt standing on a jutting rock...Grab the highest jug you can reach and start the fun...Move up and right following chalked up jugs with feet out left...When you run out of jugs swing your feet out right and find a...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

Photos of Darth Vader Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Darth Vadar,Rumney, NH. June 2011
Darth Vadar,Rumney, NH. June 2011
Rock Climbing Photo: cliping a bomber piece on Yoda...
cliping a bomber piece on Yoda...
Rock Climbing Photo: some dork in a nice kneebar on Yoda
some dork in a nice kneebar on Yoda
Rock Climbing Photo: Darth Vader routes...
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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jul 2, 2008
i did a fun link up today starting on Yoda and finishing on Darth Vader... I thought it took the best parts of the two routes and was more sustained...
By M Sprague
From: New England
May 22, 2010
The approach directions should really be changed to going up the Short Cut trail, rather than walking up the road. It is faster and eliminates friction with local drivers
By Tyler Newcomb
Dec 26, 2012
As of probably October, and probably still there is a lot of large loose rpck out to the left, so use the right side to hike to the back.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Dec 26, 2012
Are you reffering to the trail, Tyler?
By Tyler Newcomb
Jan 25, 2013
Actually, I meant a little off trail where ther is also slippery moss, but yes right neer there
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Apr 9, 2013
here is a video showing ascents of, Darth Vadar 5.9, Jedi Mind Tricks 5.12b, The Caged 5.12d, Storm Troopers 5.12c and the link up Space Balls 5.12b/c... enjoy
By stephane Desbiens
From: sherbrooke
May 19, 2016
Is the crag stay dry on rain?
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
May 20, 2016
There isn't a route that is entirely dry in the rain here. The cave gives great cover but the latter part of the caves routes are all subject to the elements. The cliff gets sun and dries out fast but seeping can occur (e.g., lower half of Yoda).

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