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Painted Walls

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Site of the New England's ice climbing classic Way in the Wilderness. The cliff is visible from Kancamagus Highway and has characteristic vertical black streaks on it. The only rock route of note is the adventurous Windjammer.

Getting There 

From North Conway, take NH 112 Kancagamus Highway for about 7 miles. You will see Painted Walls and the adjacent Rainbow Slabs (to the left of Painted Walls) on the right. Leave a car at the parking lot, drop down and cross the river. Turn left and follow a ski trail for about half a mile before turning right towards the cliff. There's no trail from this point -- bushwhack uphill until you reach the cliff. In the winter snow shoes are useful.

Climbing Season

For the WM: Kancamagus (Eastern) area.

Weather station 6.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: The end of Pitch 2's difficulties.

The Artful Dodger 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  New Hampshire : WM: Kancamagus (Eastern) : Painted Walls
Pitch 1: Devious climbing up the bolted corner. The first few bolts suffer from unfortunate rock quality, but the rock significantly improves in the second half where sneaky holds and thought-provoking moves make for fine climbing. 7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. 5.11b.Pitch 2: A pitch that would feel at home on the South Buttress of Whitehorse: fine rock and ticky-tacky face climbing. Move right across the ledge to gain the pocketed headwall and a thin, bolted traverse. Finish up the orange ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By john strand
From: southern colo
Jun 24, 2008
This area sometimes has a Peregrine closure, please check with fish and game.

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