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Glory Jean's 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Mark Sprague
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Submitted By: Ladd on May 15, 2007

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Start on high ground just right of the left facing chimney.

Climb easy ground to the top of the huge flake. Step over the chimney, climb the crux and make your way up to a narrow traverse ledge. Walk, crawl, or hand traverse left to where you can head directly up to the left of the anchors. The anchors are to the right, to be in the best rock, so you will have to reach over for them a bit. Extending a few of the draws will eliminate rope drag.


Just right of left facing chimney on high ground.


8 Bolts to Anchors. A few long draws or slings will eliminate potential rope drag. Make sure you use your own draws on the anchor for TRing. The route is very popular, so the anchors would otherwise wear out quickly.

Photos of Glory Jean's Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The traverse
The traverse
Rock Climbing Photo: !
Rock Climbing Photo: The start
The start
Rock Climbing Photo: After the traverse
After the traverse
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Shimberg at the last bolt.
Jim Shimberg at the last bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing Glory Jean's.
Climbing Glory Jean's.
Rock Climbing Photo: Great line, I wish it didn't traverse so
Great line, I wish it didn't traverse so

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
May 24, 2007

the quick clips on this route looked so bad yesterday (5/23/07) that i wouldnt think of useing them...
By M Sprague
From: New England
Nov 26, 2007

I think Tim K Sr. has replaced them. I wish I had been able to find a less awkward spot for the anchors, but I had to get past hollow rock.

Glory Jean's is the old name of the diner out on Rt 25. BITD when you could camp in the parking lot and before the CalmPost Cafe, we would wake up and go there to warm up, eat, flirt with the waitress and charge our batteries. The traverse reminded me of the counter.
By losbill
Jan 7, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

C'mon folks! What other 5.6 sport route at Rumney is as interesting and as much fun as Glory Jean's!!! Let's get this thing up to at least a solid 3 stars!!! It's a dang adventure! No boring climbing straight up a bolt line on this thing!
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Jan 7, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Yeah man I agree this deserves more than 2.5 stars...
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
May 22, 2009

I've seen many people get freaked out and or fall trying to go straight up to the anchors after the traverse... It is much more reasonable at the grade to traverse past the anchor to the left, then head up and back right to clip the chains...
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jul 27, 2010

Glory Jean's is a wonderful adventure. As M. Sprague indicated it's an awkward place for the anchor, but you can't always get solid bolts where you'd like them. Fun moves and a lot of interesting climbing in 60 feet.
By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Aug 22, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I was a bit freaked on the traverse. I'm tall so the last few feet moving left were tough as the wall kinda pushed me out a bit. But I climbed it and I must agree that it's not a boring, standard climb and deserves some stars. Added my 3.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Apr 29, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Kevin I am curious where you think the PG-13 rating comes from?

Also after doing this climb and cleaning the draws off the bolts there is a really fun TR route that the line the rope takes when hanging down from the anchors. It is about 5.8 and get two stars.

Here is how it goes: We started climbing right on the edge of the huge flake to the left of the start of Glory Jean's and to the top of it, then made fun moves up on a few crimps and weird angled holds over the overlap (crux) and then continue up on fun climbing and meeting Glory Jean's at the last bolt of the traverse and finishing up that route.

If you do this please keep your quick draws on the anchors so we don't wear down the fixed gear on this heavily traveled route.
By Jcomeau
From: North Conway
Jun 6, 2011

I love the traverse on this. Flows really good with a few crosses and a heal thrown in.
By RobawGT
From: Worcester, MA
Jan 29, 2012
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

It is a little runout after the third bolt, easy climbing to the fourth bolt, but if you slipped it would hurt falling down that chimney you have to step over.

In addition, it was remarkably dry considering everything else had ice on it and it snowed the night before.
By Dan Felix
Nov 4, 2012

Climbed it yesterday, the last bolt before the anchors is a spinner. I didn't have my nut tool with me while I was up there to try to tighten it... Considering the angle the rope has to take between the last bolt and the anchor it might be better for that bolt to be a glue-in.
By Devin Kelly
Apr 26, 2013

this was my first lead at rumney, and honestly it was a great start to a great day, really fun and interesting climb, will definitly be my first stop when i get back there in the fall
By B-Mkll Mackall
From: Bozeman, MT
May 20, 2013

Extending the 4th, 6th, and 7th draws on this route will help reduce rope drag a LOT.
By Kari Post
From: Keene, NH
Jul 6, 2013

Traversing all the way to the left past the anchors and going up from there is reasonable for the route. The anchor placement is a bit weird (explained above) and is better for someone with longish arms in order to comfortably place gear. It is recommended to leave a directional in to the far right of the anchor (the last bolt before the anchor) since the route waggles a lot.

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