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Gem Hunter Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,600'
Location: 43.8415, -71.8233 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jeffrey.LeCours on Jun 24, 2010
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This small crag is located high up on the east side of rattlesnake mountain and can be seen from Stinson Lake Road. A couple of routes (11b and 10d) are a secluded from the majority of the crag; the rest of the routes at this crag range from 5.7 to 10b.

Expect to climb in the sun. Expect to clear out huge spiders. Expect to have a nice climbing experience away from the typical Rumney crowds. And oh yeah, expect a fun approach hike.

Getting There 

Instead of heading west on Buffalo Road, head north on Main Street (eventually turning into Stinson Lake Road) for about 2.4 miles. You'll cross over Loveland Bridge (there's a nice informational sign) and reach a small dirt pull off on the right. Keep an eye out and you can see the cliff up above.

Grab everything you'll need (water, bug spray, etc) because you won't want to walk back to the car. Cross the road and breach the roadside brush wherever easiest. Look around and you'll find small orange flags on branches that mark the trail. Some of the branches have fallen but the trail should be designated enough for you to find subsequent flags.

Pass a large boulder as you continue up the steep trailside. Be careful while you try to follow the final leg of the trail to the main cliff. 30 to 40 minutes for approach/descent is a good estimate.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.1 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gem Hunter

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gem Hunter:
Crutch Factory   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
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Barefoot Boys With Shoes On 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  New Hampshire : *Rumney : Gem Hunter
An easy start leads to harder climbing following but not using much of a nice clean crack. After a hard layback/undercling move you clip the last bolt from a great jug. A crimp and a couple of strenuous moves on good holds get you up just right of the anchor.A good little route. Like many of the good routes at Gem Hunter it would get a better review if it was a little longer. Well worth doing if you are up there though. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jun 28, 2010
Very hard cliff for me to find (im color blind to red/orange so the trail markers were hard to see) jakob found em for me though... really the hike would be no big deal if there was a trail...

Much of the crag is a bit crumbly, i might have added stars for solid rock... this should get better with some traffic...

overall, a good crag but i wont be back too often...
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jan 14, 2011
Agree, it's a nice place to check out for a change of scenery and to get away from the crowds while still being able to clip bolts. One thing is nice, you can go up with just a half rope and small rack of draws. The routes are short, but end up being more fun than they look for the most part..not really a place you will want to go back to often though. One and 2 star routes in a nice spot. Tim, you are nuts. 3 stars? :) We are going to have to have a 7 star grading system.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jun 23, 2013
The "trail" has gotten even harder to find... if anyone goes up there it would be great to bring some trail marking tape and freshen it up... i will if i go back but now that i've done all the routes i don't know if i will be up there again in the next decade...
By Eric Leclerc
From: Montreal
May 3, 2014
If the trail was well marked, this would be an ideal crag to bring new climbers and initiate them to rock climbing. the routes are short and moderate in grade. That would help the Parking Lot crag and The Meadows.
You can spend the day on a nice ledge with a great view over the valley.
Too bad I just read Lee's comment about putting new markers on the trees to make the trail easier to follow. I will try to go for a hike on a rest day and mark the trail so its easier for people to find.
I really liked the 11b and the 10d. Both have interesting moves at the top.
I never encountered as many huge spiders and wasps. Luckily, both were at a slow pace.
By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Nov 25, 2014
so after driving half way up to rumney only to remember they were blasting this week, we decided to search for this crag. to say the trail is poorly marked would be a an understatement as it took some solid guessing and some really keen eyes to pick out what orange tape was left but we made it! and were not disappointed! some super fun moderates on interesting rock with a fantastic view means I will definitely be coming back.

regarding location, here is the best way I can describe getting there (I got some pretty good beta from lee) when you cross the river park imidiately on the right (big dirt lot with a info sign) head straight across the road and trend up and right till you see a rock wall. keep that rock wall on your right as you hike up trending slightly to the left and try your best to pick out a blaze or two. you eventually cross a stream, then come to some boulders (like jeff said) and keep those on your right as well but continue to trend up and left. the last 100ft are the kicker as you are on some pretty serious 3rd maybe 4th class terrain. I would also not that I think in the height of summer this would be nearly impossible if you haven't been there before.

finally, I marked some gps coordinates that should get you pretty close if not to the cliff. 43°50'28.93"N 71°49'23.52"W

Good Luck!
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Nov 26, 2014
Mike, you didn't track your the hike on your gps??? pfft (RunKeeper if you don't have the app yet - you can import the gpx artifact into google maps to make rad overlays). Glad you found the place!
By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Nov 26, 2014
jeff, I use backcountry navigator to track my path, but I didn't remember it till we were half way done and then I didn't have enough signal to download it... but have no fear... its on the agenda
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Nov 26, 2014
Very cool. I thought more nav paths would be a nice addition to this site. Jerry was awesome to share his tracks from the North Conway Rock Climbs areas, it got me psyched. I thought I saved my track out to Mount Oscar but I can't find it. All I have is a track out to "the new main cliff" we don't talk about. :)
By Eli
From: Lives in a truck
Nov 16, 2015
Pretty much the same as hiking up to Jimmy Cliff, if you can find the trail. If not expect an aimless bushwack from hell. Fun climbing, and a great place to bring newbies well away from the crowds. -April 12, 2015

Update: In May or June of 2015 I reflagged the trail, as all signs of the old trail have returned to the earth. The new trail weaves up through some boulders that I found while decending from Gem Hunter the first time. I thought they deserved some love, more info here
By Nick Grant
From: Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Jun 25, 2017
Eli, thanks for flagging the trail. Looking for your pink boundary markers might have been the best part of the day ("Hey! I found the next one!") Kind of like a treasure hunt.
By Owen Wilkins
Jul 15, 2017
To say there is a trail leading to this cliff is probably an overstatement. It was an outright bushwhack. Without the new pink blazes, I think it would be impossible to find without very good prior knowledge of where you are going (thanks whoever put up the pink blazes). However, even with the new blazes it was still extremely difficult to find. Approach took us at least an hour both ways. Much of the forest is quite dead making the bushwhack significantly more difficult. I cannot advise trying to get to this crag in summer. There are some very sketchy sections on the last bit of the approach, maybe reaching the criteria for a 3rd class scramble. 2 sections of rope are available to make this last section slightly safer.

The crag itself is pretty cool. Some interesting climbs and cool rock formations. Likely drys very fast as faces directly into the sun. Many of the climbs are quite mossy and could do with a real cleaning. Rock quality in a few places is somewhat questionable but on the whole is pretty good.

Expect to climb in the sun, make some tenuous moves on some moss covered holds, escape the crowds, and have a challenging approach both ways.

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