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Fish Hooks S 
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Oh My! finish S 
Opportunist, The S 
Orangahang S 
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Orange Sunshine S 
Original Orange Crush, The T 
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Vaporizer, The S 
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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',19],['2 Stars',9],['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, 1 pitch, 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   
Lions and Tigers and Bears   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
Buried Treasure   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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, 1 pitch, 90'   
Orangahang   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
British Airways   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 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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Tin Monkeys 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  New Hampshire : *Rumney : Orange Crush
NOTE: Upgraded from 13a to 13b due to a hold breaking in 2010. Commence this merry link-up by mounting the first crux of Tin Man, then mop up by devouring the meat and potatoes of Flying Monkeys. Some relish this route more than either of it's forebears because it is somewhat more direct, and circumnavigates both the unwieldy finish of Tin Man, and circuitous traverse start to Flying Monkeys. Prepare for adversity in the low crux, as a key undercling has exfoliated of late....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

Photos of Orange Crush Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: An attempt at sorting out the upper Orange Crush c...
BETA PHOTO: An attempt at sorting out the upper Orange Crush c...
Rock Climbing Photo: The maps in the guide book always confused me... T...
BETA PHOTO: The maps in the guide book always confused me... T...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the cliff. I am on Captain Hook. photo ...
Looking up the cliff. I am on Captain Hook. photo ...
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 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. :)
By Jared Heath
Sep 6, 2017
Hey everyone, I found a bag of quickdraws and slings near the staircase at orange crush the weekend before last. If anyone is missing them send me a description of the bag they were in and I'll get them back to you

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