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Dynosoar S 
Fish Hooks S 
Flying Monkeys S 
Fresh Squeezed S 
King Cobra S 
Lions and Tigers and Bears S 
Oh My! finish S 
Opportunist, The S 
Orangahang S 
Orange Crush (retro-bolted) S 
Orange Sunshine S 
Original Orange Crush, The T 
Peter Pan S 
Predator S 
Prime Climb S 
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Sir Edmond Drillary S 
Tin Man S 
Tin Monkeys S 
Tinkerbell S 
Tropicana S 
Vaporizer, The S 
White Snake S 

Orange Crush Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.80293, -71.83513 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jay Knower on Nov 8, 2006

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This large and complex cliff sits relatively high on the hill. For that reason, Orange Crush is an excellent choice on hot days, as the wind tends to cool the cliff.

The left side of the cliff is very steep, almost horizontal. Farther right, the angle lessens but the routes get longer. Therefore, the climbing at Orange Crush varies from horizontal roof problems to technical vertical faces.

Because of the sketchy composition of the rock on Orange Crush, many of the routes required massive cleaning projects before their first ascents. This is not to say that the rock is bad, as the routes have improved with numerous ascents. The routes range from 5.8 to 5.13b, with must do classics including: Tropicana 11a, Black Mamba 11b, The Crusher 11d, and Rumney's most photogenic route, Predator 13b.

Getting There 

Orange Crush is most commonly approached from the second, smaller parkinglot. A steep trail leads uphill from the lot and deposits one at New Wave Wall. Orange Crush is the big looming cliff to the left.

Alternatively, Orange Crush may be approached from Main Cliff. Simply skirt the cliff on the right side and head uphill. To reach Orange Crush from the more western crags, follow a trail through the woods from the top of Bonsai.

Note that the left-side routes at Orange Crush all start from a steep "death slab." To approach the slab and the start of routes like The Crusher, Tin Man, and Orangahang, a staircase allows passage over the steep bottom part of the slab. Be extra careful at the base of the aforementioned routes. It's a long way down from the slab.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.9 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Orange Crush

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orange Crush:
Orange Sunshine   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Orange Crush (retro-bolted)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   
Citrasolve   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Tropicana   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   
Buried Treasure   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Lions and Tigers and Bears   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
Prime Climb   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
Oh My! finish   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
Black Mamba   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Crusher   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Captain Hook   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
The Vaporizer   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 90'   
Orangahang   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Peter Pan   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Flying Monkeys   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   
Anaconda-Da-Vida   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dynosoar   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Tin Man   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Tin Monkeys   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Predator   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Orange Crush
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Emile Mennin. Pat on Vaporizer.

The Vaporizer 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  New Hampshire : *Rumney : Orange Crush
An amazing long and varied climb involving technical skills and some endurance for the finish. What i noticed as i climbed was a bit of a mental game. Every move i climbed higher the more i didn't want to fall and have to start all over again. Crack climbing skills come in very handy up in the last few moves.Start pretty much right above the top of the ladder. Climb a crimpy and technical sequence up to the nice comfortable ledge passing 3 bolts. The next section is another 3 bolt boulder proble...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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BETA PHOTO: An attempt at sorting out the upper Orange Crush c...
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BETA PHOTO: The maps in the guide book always confused me... T...
Rock Climbing Photo: View up from the Predator belay ledge. 1. Predator...
BETA PHOTO: View up from the Predator belay ledge. 1. Predator...
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of a few routes on the upper left side of the ...
BETA PHOTO: Map of a few routes on the upper left side of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: 4 ravens in the nest above Buried Treasure...
4 ravens in the nest above Buried Treasure...
Rock Climbing Photo: im starting up Flying monkeys...
im starting up Flying monkeys...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on the shared start of Flying Monkeys, Dyn...
Climber on the shared start of Flying Monkeys, Dyn...
Rock Climbing Photo: lily using the Crusher start to get on to the pred...
lily using the Crusher start to get on to the pred...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aryesh on flying monkeys on orange crush.  One of ...
Aryesh on flying monkeys on orange crush. One of ...

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By James Otey
From: NH
Jun 5, 2007
A staircase was recently added to allow safe passage over the slab- quite nice if you ask me.
By Jake D.
From: Northeast
Apr 15, 2010
I wish there was a way to make the upper part of the trail less sketchy. I don't know if there would be a way to make another set of stairs all the way to the base of Orangahang or not
By M Sprague
From: New England
Apr 15, 2010
Yeah, we could use the AMC trail crew up there some more. To do it right I think we might need some steps like those going up towards Armed and Dangerous after the traverse across the slab. There needs to be a hardened landing zone too where people lower off too, so the steps should probably go through that spot and up since people are naturally going to go up there anyway to get back to their stuff.

I am a little concerned about the area just above the existing ladders since it is built up on a natural log. It was nice work at the time it went in, but it is already showing signs of decay and when that goes there will be a mess. I really liked the stone steps the AMC made just above that, but they only did a short stretch. Hopefully they are planning on coming back.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
May 26, 2010
Climbing the longer routes on this cliff, at least the ones up to 12a is such and intense mental challenge... you find your self pulling hard sections with really good ledge rests between getting more and more tired as you go... the rests almost make it worse cause you have time to ponder the moves above, how far you've come, and the fact that if you blow one move you will have to start from the bottom again at some point... at least you will if you care to go through the mental battle all over again...

I love the mental game...
By David Savoie
May 21, 2013

I've looked at King Cobra, at Orange Crush, and the route looked different from last year - are there reports that a part of it might have broke ?
By S. Neoh
Aug 26, 2013
There seems to be a new line of eyebolts left of Citrasolve. Are they for a new route? If so, what is it, where does it end, and what's the grade for it?
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 28, 2013
The bolts for The Vaporizer are pretty close there, is that what you were looking at or did someone try to squeeze in another line?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 28, 2013
Another bolted line there would be very squeezed. There was already an old Mallery line called Another Conway Classic that was run over by the modern routes.
By S. Neoh
Aug 28, 2013
It could be Vaporizer, I am not sure but let me describe what I saw.
Suppose you are standing in the corner that marks the start of Citrasolve and Orange Crush. The line of "new" eyebolts are to your left, trending up at about a 45 deg angle. It looks like the 1st bolt of this line can be clipped from the top of the block that forms the left of the Citrasolve stemming start.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 28, 2013
Does it continue all the way to the ledge as a separate line or is it a couple bolt link up of Citrisolve into Vaporizor?
By S. Neoh
Aug 28, 2013
The first few bolts of this "new" line are completely separate from those for Citrasolve, tho there is one which is within a body length of the line people typically take on Citrasolve. Could this be an alternate start to Vaporizer?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 28, 2013
Hmmm, certainly sounds new. Maybe Chris or Ward would know. New start for Predator? Maybe RedBull is doing a commercial.
By S. Neoh
Aug 28, 2013
I don't want to stir up trouble .... but does the new route moratorium cover Orange Crush? I know New Wave is but not sure if it applies to OC.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 21, 2015
Thanks for the ladder base extension/repair Tim K Sr.
By Ryan Web
Nov 9, 2015
This weekend I was going to climb Fish Hooks and give it a description on MP but as I was warming up on Buried Treasure I looked over and saw a large birds nest directly under the anchors of Fish hooks.

I decided not to climb it as I did not want to disturb the nest if it was active. I was just wondering if anyone knows if the nest is active and if so, is that why the route is excluded from mountain project?

If the route is all good to go I will give it a climb next weekend and add the description.
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Nov 9, 2015
Do it up Ryan! The nests in that area are active on and off. I can't speak for right this moment but I say give it a go!

A lot of folks will only post a route after they've been on it and can give a first hand description. However, there aren't any written rules on who can post what. Thoughtful descriptions are always welcome in my opinion. :)

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