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Sawmill Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.1388, -70.95157 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Austen McNulty on Jun 27, 2015
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The Sawmill is a bouldering field that consists of one mini cliff band, with potential for further expansion in surrounding area. The rock is solid/strong granite in a secluded area that is slightly shady due to the tree coverage. Originally found by Joe Pearson while running through College Woods. He brought it to our attention that their was potential for climbing and with a bit of cleaning numerous routes were put up varying from V0-6. The Sawmill area gets its name from the slightly visible UNH Sawmill.

Getting There 

The boulder is located in Durham, NH. Just outside of the UNH College Woods, about a 1/4 mile walk through the woods south of the Bryant Apartments on 155A (Mast Road). The approach is about 5-10 minutes. From the right back corner of the Bryant Apartments parking lot find a path through the field. Follow the path for about 50 yards, then take a left into the woods. Cross a wet area and up a hill. The cliff band is visible from the top of the hill.

Climbing Season

For the Southern NH and Seacoast area.

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Ricky going for the crux move

Dolly Parton V6 7A  New Hampshire : Southern NH and Seacoast : Sawmill
Sit start with your right hand on a crimp and your left hand on a slopey sidepull. Compress up the left arete to achieve the big move to slopey jug....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By Eli
From: Lives in a truck
Sep 22, 2015
Last Friday I walked around in the college woods for over an hour, on and off trail trying to find these boulders. A map or more detailed instructions would be very useful for actually sharing the location of this place, as the college woods consist of a very complex and mostly undocumented trail system. I believe I was close to finding them, but I may never know.
Watch out for poison ivy, and be careful when you park your car in the Bryant lot, as it is presumably 'permit only'.
By Austen McNulty
Sep 25, 2015
Eli, Id be more than happy to show you the trail and give you a tour of the area. The directions are relatively clear but due to the lack of maintenance on the trail it can be slightly difficult to navigate to the boulder area. As for parking I believe you are correct in the fact that it is permitted parking but i believe there are a few guest spots where you will not be towed (across the street parking is free on weekends and weekdays after 6pm). But, as i go out to this location more i will attempt to make a detailed map or add more landmarks to the description.
By Eli
From: Lives in a truck
Sep 29, 2015
Thanks much Austen! The next time I'm planning on bouldering around Durham I'll shoot you an e-mail. The only other thing that I can recommend is that you could Geo-tag the location with your cellphone, and upload the coordinates in the description. That is a 100% guaranteed way that it will be easy to find.
By Christopher Gagne
From: Dover
Oct 9, 2015
I wonder if this is one of the lost Ed Webster boulders/climbing spots...
By Read Januskiewiecz
From: New England
Mar 9, 2017
These boulders are literally 30 yards into the woods from the field about lined up with the barn. With the leaves down you can see the boulders as you walk in from the parking lot and pretty much keep an eye on them the whole way to keep yourself oriented on the trail. I wouldn't go far out of your way to get to these but the rock is nice and a few nice climbs.

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