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Raising The Roof 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 250', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: August 2006 - George Hurley, Chris Noonan
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Submitted By: Ian Wauchope on Apr 5, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: Raising The Roof 5.9 P.3


This climb is an extension of The Roof and provides you with a nice 3-pitch climb.

Pitch 1: Climb The Roof as usual. As you come up to the roof continue climbing for about 25' up it's right side in a moderate corner to a ledge. You can setup a gear-belay in the corner here where you can see your second, rappel from a tree on the right, or continue up the corner to the large Unicorn ledge.

Pitch 2: Continue up the corner or step right & climb up a small buttress (awkward) to the big Unicorn Ledge. Belay from a 2-bolt anchor on the left side of the ledge.

Pitch 3: Start just left of the belay at a blocky corner. Climb straight up a series of corners to some arching grooves. Move right (crux) and follow the 3 bolts up to a hand-sized horizontal crack. High-step into the horizontal and make a thin move (crux) to the 2 bolt anchor below a steep slab. Rappel from here or climb the final unprotected mossy slab for 25-30 feet to the trees at the top of the cliff.

Descent: Rappel from the 2-bolt anchors to the ledge at the finish of the North End climbs. Walk left and rappel from a tree just above Recluse.


Look for a large corner capped by a roof on the left side of the North End. It's 20' left of The Slot.


standard rack to a #3 Camelot

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By chinos
Apr 14, 2012

this climb can be done as 2 pitches as well...
By Chris Graham
From: Bartlett, NH
Jul 14, 2012

Definitely a Cathedral "9"! :) Good pump factor for sure.
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Jul 16, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't george clean and maybe add a bolt to the unicorn corner for a .9 crack pitch? Liger? Pretty good climbing.
By Chris Graham
From: Bartlett, NH
Jul 17, 2012

Hi Jon! He did, it is a 10a called the Liger.
By Steve Skarvinko
From: SLC, UT
Jul 22, 2013

I'd second making this into 2 pitch climb... I also enjoyed a nice no hands stance at off the roof (height dependant).
By Sprax Lines
From: Brookline, MA
Jul 23, 2014

Beware of the poison ivy on the ledge at the base of P3 and the Liger. As of July 12, it looked like somebody had previously cleared it from the area just below the rap rings, but it is growing back. The vines are 2 or 3 feet tall. What is the best long term solution -- spraying the leaves with some herbicide?
By Andrew O'Brien
From: newport
Sep 21, 2015

The first pitch is the best by far. The second pitch is short and sweet. The third pitch is where it gets a little tricky. Definitely worth doing!
By Russ Keane
Aug 11, 2016

I've done all three pitches. It's not something to repeat.... But good nonetheless as an interesting multipitch. First pitch is classic. Second pitch is bullshit. The third pitch is way awkward and pretty hard. Kind of a sandbaggy weird-fest, with lots of variety. For that reason it's kinda cool. Looks like it would almost always be wet. Suppose why this keeps it from being popular.
By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Aug 15, 2017

Long before the Handren Guide came out, I was told by a 'local in the know' that P1 of this climbed the "discontinuous cracks" on the face on the right...(about 5.7+ 5.8 ). That's how I did it (P1) about 2008 or so. VERY nice, cracks just "ate up nuts", the only drawback I remember was the tree anchor and the dirt the rope had to run through on the rap off.

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