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This area offers one classic ice route: Way in the Wilderness. It is the obvious two-pitch ice rivulet seen from the Kancamagus Highway. Because of the wall's south-facing aspect, an ascent of Way in the Wilderness is an elusive one, saved for the dead of winter on the coldest possible cloudy day.

"An Ice Climber's Guide to Northern New England", S. Peter Lewis and Rick Wilcox

For updated ice conditions on the cliff check the EMS climbing store in North Conway:(603) 356 5433. They also rent snow shoes.

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Getting There 

Right off the Kanc. Park below the route, cross the river (sketchy), hike up the steep hill (sketchy and tiring) up to the route. If the ice on the river doesn't support your weight, chances are that the route is not in shape.

(Also, See COMMENT)

Climbing Season

For the * Ice and Mixed Climbing area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Painted Walls Ice Climbs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Painted Walls Ice Climbs:
Way in the Wilderness   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 150'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: "Way in the Wilderness", March, 2005.

Way in the Wilderness WI5  New Hampshire : * Ice and Mixed Climbing : Painted Walls Ice Climbs
Pitch 1: Go up the steep ice until you reach the ledge in a cave behind vertical ice. Set up a belay there (old pitons and slings). Pitch 2: Leave the ledge and commit to the vertical and detached ice pillar (crux). The ice eventually angles down into a shute between the rocks. Follow the shute all the way up. Rap from slings around a large tree.When ice conditions are poor, do not place screws at the start of pitch 2 until you're above the detached pillar. This would limi...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: Painted Walls as viewed from the "Kanc" ...
Painted Walls as viewed from the "Kanc" ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Way in the Wilderness - telephoto from the Kanc
BETA PHOTO: Way in the Wilderness - telephoto from the Kanc

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By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Dec 2, 2016
As stated, this climb gets sun early and bright.

You can also approach via the Albany Covered bridge, which is about a mile East of Lower Falls and about 1 1/2 miles East of the river crossing described in the 2 guidebooks. Park on the Kanc side, cross the river on the bridge, and followed the logging "superhighway" for 1 1/4 miles (keep left at the only major junction) and then follow the (summer) directions for Rainbow Slab, but once you reach the newly logged clearing just after the dry-stream-bed crossing (as far as here it's an easy ski), head uphill directly for the base of Painted Walls.

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