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Mt Chocorua (summit area) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 43.95641, -71.2731 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Silas Miller on Jul 22, 2017  with updates from Ron Birk and 1 more
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Chocorua actually has some pretty good moderate climbing! The area is well know and well visited, with many trails leading to the summit. The climbing I encountered is on the east face. Several pitches of really fun moderate crack and slab, probably 300ft long with a small terrace in the middle.

I have always wondered what the summit really had for climbing as the rock is quite prominent from Rt. 16. Turns out to be slightly weathered granite with an appreciable angle to it. I am sure other people have climbed the routes I climbed, but nothing was posted, and I have to say that it is well worth doing. In fact, the climbing was so good that I will be taking the extra hour or two to climb it every time I'm up there. Probably bring some people up there just to explore more of the area and do these again.

Carrying a rope and gear all the way up there is ridiculous, so I would recommend the solo. The cracks are perfect and very secure, the lichen is minimal, and the faces can be climbed at a fun 5.7. If you do want to rope up, a normal rack would be just fine, plenty of opportunity for gear and anchors. I made a great day out it by cruising up Carter Ledge (5.6) and continuing up the trail to the summit to climb these.

Check out the topo for the locations. Finding the routes is pretty straight forward, although the short bushwacks on summit areas can be a little fierce. The terrace connecting the corner cracks and the slab is pretty thick with what I assume are bear trails; round, well trodden 2ft high tunnels running just under the low canopy. There is also a cozy den area. Don't worry, they're more scared of us then we are of them, right?? The rock tends to have these slightly right leaning cracks running for hundreds of feet, usually separated by small terraces. Many fun little faces exist to play on, even some very steep sections. I would go up there just for the climbing, but especially if you're up there anyways, it is very enjoyable.

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Featured Route For Mt Chocorua (summit area)
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Slab 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New Hampshire : WM: Albany Area : Mt Chocorua (summit area)
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Photos of Mt Chocorua (summit area) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit Area from Parking Lot access road
BETA PHOTO: Summit Area from Parking Lot access road
Rock Climbing Photo: Corner Cracks from a different angle
BETA PHOTO: Corner Cracks from a different angle
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the upper corner crack. The pitch is ...
Looking down the upper corner crack. The pitch is ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Upper corner crack! Goes at about 5.7-5.8, han...
The Upper corner crack! Goes at about 5.7-5.8, han...
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the slab area from the corner routes
View of the slab area from the corner routes
Rock Climbing Photo: View from Carter Ledge Trail after climbing the le...
BETA PHOTO: View from Carter Ledge Trail after climbing the le...

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By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Jul 25, 2017
There's also some reported climbing around to the left (out of sight in the route-photo) it the "South (East?) Ridge". The climb(s) are climber's right of the cabin that's up there somewhere.
By Jonathan Steitzer
From: West Lebanon, NH
Jul 25, 2017
Robert do you have any more beta about those other climbs?
By Christopher Gagne
From: Dover
Jul 25, 2017

Here's some info from

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