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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jun 14, 2007
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This is one of the best beginner cliffs in NH. But some how the crowds don't flock here on the weekends like they do to Rumney, Pawtuckaway, Echo Crag etc. even though many drive right by Rimmon to get to those other crags. Why? well, rock Rimmon is ghetto.
From the glass glistening on the ground and sometimes in the hold, you are reaching for to the sea of beer cans and other assorted litter. There are heckling teenagers, couples fighting in their yards, and the view of Manchester's west side right on to the millyard. That's before getting in to how the glass got there in the first place, you guessed it, the locals make a game of throwing their beer bottles off the cliff, and if they get drunk enough, they might even aim for the climbers. It doesn't have to be this way. If the park got more traffic from climbers and non-climbers the sketchy and often illegal activities would slow enough for us to make a difference. There is always some motivated local working hard to make a difference at rimmon. If enough of us take part we could win this age old battle.

So, why do people climb at Rock Rimmon anyway? Well, it's kind of like a drunken one night stand. It is actually quite fun, until you wake up in the morning and have to look in the mirror. haha.

In all seriousness, the real reason there is always chalk on the cliffs of Rock Rimmon Park is that the climbing is really fun, the rock is interesting and of perfect quality, and it is the easiest cliff to get to in southern NH. It has a slew of moderates from slabs to faces and even some cracks and a couple of more challenging routes. The location is the problem which makes a cliff that would be worshiped by the climbing community become disrespected and pissed on by punk ass city kids. Despite the clean up efforts of local climbers bent on making Rock Rimmon a nice place to climb, nothing has really changed much.

So, what do we do until we can take back Rimmon? I use the cliff from time to time, but I take a few steps to make sure I can stay safe.

-Always wear a helmet (as bottles do fly off the top).
-If there are people around that sketch you out, leave. Or call the cops if what they are doing might be illegal.
-Watch your anchor. I've heard stories of punks dropping people's ropes without a care that that might be someone's life line. if you can't see your anchor while you belay consider belaying from the top.
-Don't lunge for holds, they might be filled with glass. Climb in control to avoid cutting your fingers.
-Weekday mornings and afternoons seem to be the best time to visit the cliffs to avoid sketchy activity.

I know I'm not selling the cliff well, and I'm not trying to, but let me say this. if you took Rock Rimmon and put it in North Conway or another established climbing area, it would be the most popular beginner cliff around for both top-roping and learning to lead climb. There are solid eyebolt anchors at the top of many of the climbs from the left end slabs all the way to the steeper right hand side. So, stay safe and enjoy this cliff as Charlie Brown once said "all it needs is a little love".

Getting There 

On Manchester's west side, take Bremer St west..take a right on to Montgomery St.... Then a left on to Mason St.... You will see the cliff at Rock Rimmon Park....

There are many options, but that is the basic idea....

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Classic Climbing Routes in Rock Rimmon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rock Rimmon:
Tippy Toe   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Trad   The Tippy Toe Slabs (far le...
Angel Left   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Right Side
Powder Puff   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad   Left Side
Creatures Creation   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad   Left Side
Armpits   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Central Section
Little Plum   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Right Side
The Devil   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad   Central Section
Zero for Conduct   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Right Side
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Little Plum 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  New Hampshire : Southern NH and Seacoast : ... : Right Side
A killer fun time... 5.9 by modern standards but who am I to blow against the wind...Before I ever saw a guide to Rimmon I spotted the pretty right leaning crack near the top with binocs from the parking lot and i was sucked in... On a 100 degree day i went up to find may way up to it... That is a fun way to climb just pick the line and go for it... It was a really good way to spend a couple hours on a hot summer day...Hike up so you are below the nice crack and climb 15 feet of clean rock to a ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Tommy on his First descent off Armpits
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The Slabs at Rimmon, the perfect beginners climb
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Two pitch lead of "The Devil" (5.9+) on ...
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Clean up day 2010
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By ri.
Oct 26, 2007
Anyone have the old Manchester climbing guide they'd be willing to part with or trade for.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Oct 27, 2007
i think i have a book somewhere and i will try to post more descriptions for rimmon when i get a chance...
By dave watosky
Dec 9, 2008
it is odd to look back and think of an area that was so urban, trashed and at times scary and yet a launching pad for a hack that loved the sport so much and still looks back on it fondly. thanks for raking the glass off the bottem base.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Dec 29, 2008
Besides face to face and the little overhang are there any other bolder problems here, for instance are there any actual boulders that are not on the cliff?
By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Dec 29, 2008
im sure lee is a good one to answer that but i gotta say be careful out there. i once had a phone book fly down 5 feet from me off the top of the cliff.... and ive heard of ropes being cut
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Dec 29, 2008
Yeah I have done some roped climbing here and toped out to find a group of teens smoking a joint just feet from my rope and the glass is horrible... but I thank you for your concern, I was hoping to find a some boulders to avoid the rope issue...
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 29, 2008
around the back side there is some bouldering potential on short walls though i dont know whats been done there... but no real boulders to speak of...
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Dec 30, 2008
Ok I will investigate more in depth some time and update when I know more info
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Feb 15, 2009
Christopher has scanned an old guidebook for Rock Rimmon and Manchester area rock. You can download it here.
By Dan Curry
From: Derry, New Hampshire
Jul 29, 2009
Anyone in the Manchester area need a partner ? Im new to NH and am in Derry and need to climb !
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Jul 29, 2009
For your location, you'd probably have a much more enjoyable time heading up 102E to Raymond, then 107W to Reservoir Rd, entering Pawtuckaway State Park.

If you're in Manchester and its rainy (again...), you might be able to find a local climber at Vertical Dreams that's itching to get outside too.

Good luck and welcome to New Hampshire. :)
By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Jul 30, 2009
haha jeff i hadnt read the comments far enough and i was about to say VD aswell lol :) but ya rainy day or nor its a great place to meet locals who would love to find new partners :) me included!
By Mike Robinson
From: Worcester, MA
Jun 22, 2010
What potential this place has! Broken Glass every where, people pissin on the streets cuz they just don't care...Not really any sketchy kids there just talk to the locals they are totally fine to deal with. If your a rich hippy climber you may be intimidated by the people but you probably yell "take" a lot too. Just cuz these kids don't listen to phish and tour with Widespread doesn't mean they are any threat.
By Brunt Tornton
From: NH
Nov 14, 2011
do most of the climbs here have fixed anchors for TR?
By Ryan HInrichs
From: amherst new hampshire
Mar 18, 2012
Funny story about rimmon actually, Today i was topping out on Creatures Creation to hear three teenagers crying on the phone with the police saying that there was a large man chasing them up the cliff with a knife and that they need help. Nothing ended up happening, police showed up and secured everything, but it sure scared the shit out of me. Be careful at rimmon, you never know what to expect!
By bradley white
From: Bend
Sep 27, 2012
Great cliff but Manchester's low income housing or Ghetto is its back yard. That's how it was in the eighties. Last time I was there and there was much glass on the holds. First visit had a sharp introduction to the glass Rimmon. Carried a miniature whisk broom after that. It worked well at getting the glass off of holds.
Most bottles got broken throwing them up at the cliff, from the ground. We and I, crunched on glass at the base of the cliff. Maybe the ground looks like a glass mosaic now?
Didn't need a helmet then. Place was near the ghetto and seems like the adolescent ghetto behavior has reached 'The Rimmon'. Things have definitely not improved and possibly become worse. Its sad. Very good, rock conglomerate that's not like climbing anywhere else. We and I did many routes. It was a popular free solo area except for the far right side.
By Travis Dustin
From: Hollis, NH
Jul 14, 2013
Great cliff in Manchester! I went out there today and it was not as ghetto as everyone makes it seem. It did have a TON of broken glass and trash on the ground(more than expected). Fun routes on nice rock!!!!
By Jay Morse
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Oct 2, 2013
Just to add to the stories: I was climbing here a few years back and had a beer bottle fly by about 2 feet from my face when I was standing at the bottom. I ran up to yell at them, and it was two young teenage boys, and they were trying to dig up a basketball-sized rock to throw/roll off. I haven't climbed there since, and don't think I ever will. It's too bad, the climbing is good and its very convenient.
By Bill Moser
Oct 10, 2013
Just climbed here today. It's a great little crag in a terrible location. The local trolls are not to be taken lightly. Last year at this time, a couple of kids launched a skull-sized rock down on us as we were getting ready to lead something on the Left Side. It landed about eight feet from where we were standing. This is the first time we've climbed there since then, and the glass and assorted busted up crap at the bottom of the cliff has increased by an order of magnitude. I would advise climbing here only when school is in session. The trolls get bored easily, and they love climbers -- we make good targets.
By Zepheurus
Jun 29, 2014
We are initiating a new effort to "take back" Rock Rimmon park. There are amazing trails for mountain biking, hiking, climbing or simply appreciating the view...we all know this.

volunteer help for clean up is every Saturday morning from 7 to 9am. We are currently working with to improve community awareness and actually impact the community by bringing Manchester's largest and most versatile park back to it's natural habitat for everyone to experience.

Yes! This is a lofty goal and one that can not be accomplished without interested and committed members of the community to support this effort. Help pay for the clean up or donate your time, either way, we will ensure Rock Rimmon is once again a monument of beauty.

Email me for more information on how you can help

Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Rimmon park party
Rock Rimmon park party
By Kari Post
From: Keene, NH
Jul 17, 2015
Visited this location for the first time yesterday. As others have commented this is some great rock with super easy access, but boy is it ghetto. Broken glass everywhere and some of the best people watching I have observed outside of New Jersey. Luckily my group didn't have anyone throwing bottles at us or trying to chop our ropes. We were the only climbers there, and stayed for about 4 hours during the afternoon on a Thursday.

It would be awesome if this area could be cleaned up and become a bit safer for climbers. I'll be calling it "Ghetto Rock" until it either gets cleaned up or I find another area more deserving of the name.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Jul 19, 2015
Amazing ,,this shithole has been the learning ground for some very accomplished climbers.

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