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Lower Left Wall / Ventilator Slabs

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Age Before Beauty T 
Bombardment T 
Effects of Kind Bud on an Abnormal Brain, The T 
Ego Trip T,S 
Fisting Jon (AKA Leafspring) T 
Fun House T 
Fun House Left T 
Happy Trails T 
King Crab (Girdle Traverse of Cathedral Ledge) T 
Once Upon A Climb T 
One Hit To The Body T 
Pleasant St. T 
Pooh T 
Son Of A Birch T 
Starfire (Yo-Yo) T 
Three Birches T 
Ventilated Western Girl T,S 
Ventilator T 
Western Lady/ California Girls T 
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Lower Left Wall / Ventilator Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.06236, -71.1652 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: lee hansche on Jan 15, 2007

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Alex on the crux of Bombardment...


The Lower Left Wall has everything from easy starter climbs (Fun House 5.7) to some hard scary slab climbing (Repo Man 5.11dX) and many choices in between. Routes in this section can get crowded on a weekend with multiple parties on Bombardment (5.8), Fun House (5.7), and beginner parties suckered in to the stout but fun (if 5.8 is not your limit) Three Birches (5.8+). However the better I get to know this cliff the more I learn to get around the crowds and I always find a way to the midway ledge without waiting in line or crossing too many ropes.

Though many of the routes have cracks on them you will find most of the climbing depends on your feet and requires some slab technique. On the routes that don’t have cracks expect extreme slab climbing for the most part, Ego Trip (5.11c) among others offer you good protection while pushing the limits of your slab prowess.

Getting There 

There is a trail marked at the road near where the porter potties normally reside. Follow this as it twists through the woods and eventually heads up hill past boulders. You will have Fun House right in front of you as you get to the cliff. Head left for bombardment and the hard slabs. Head right for the Lower Refuse area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Left Wall / Ventilator Slabs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Left Wall / Ventilator Slabs:
Fun House   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Bombardment   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Fun House Left   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Happy Trails   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 150'   
Three Birches   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   
Pooh   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 170'   
Ventilator   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Starfire (Yo-Yo)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Western Lady/ California Girls   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ego Trip   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Once Upon A Climb   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Fisting Jon (AKA Leafspring)   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo:  1975 Doug Madara On the FA of King Crab. Tea brea...

King Crab (Girdle Traverse of Cathedral Ledge) 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A0  New Hampshire : *Cathedral Ledge : Lower Left Wall / Ventilato...
Note. The first part of the traverse from Pleasant Street to Standard Route was climbed earlier by Paul Ross and Dave Cilley in 1972.This Traverse takes a different line to the right to left girdle of The Big Plum.The FA of the left to right King Crab took about 18 hours.If rappels are counted the climb will be close to 3000'.Climb Pleasant Street to the tree covered ledge 150'5.7. Scramble right along the ledge to the ramp of Upper RefuseClimb the first pitch of Upper Refuse. (80' 5.3)Continue ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By Ladd
May 30, 2007
The SCA is curently fixing up the approach trail to the base. 5.30.07.
The cliff is still accessible and the work they are doing is great!
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Sep 30, 2008
In an attempt to avoid the wet spots I lead my dad up an interesting link up starting on Western Lady going in to the crack on Bombardment and avoiding the wet crux on that, continued left in to Happy Trails... Fun climbing at about 5.9...

The Western-Bombardment link is very fun, the finish on happy trails was not really worth going out of your way for...
By Ken Cangi
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Feb 10, 2013
I'm surprised that no one has posted Repo Man and that the only mention of it has an X safety rating. This was my first 5.12 lead. I accept it being down-rated to 11d, although unless the bolt that protects the crux is gone, this is not an X route. I got the nerve to lead it only after watching Jimmy Surette pitch off of the crux - coming close to, although not hitting the deck.

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