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Exeter Bouldering 
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Goodwill Conservation Land (AKA Richardson Pond)  
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Great Rock - Sandown 
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Haseltine Lot Bouldering 
Hopkinton, and Henniker 
Lake Potanipo 
Manchester Area Bouldering 
Massabesic Lake / Lake Ledges 
Newmarket (bouldering) 
Palmer Bartell Forest 
Pelham Tree Farm Boulders 
Portsmouth (Fraggle) 
Pulpit Falls 
Rock Rimmon 
Sawmill 
Shieling State Forest 
Simond's Rock 
Stone Arch Bridge Keene, NH 
Stone bridge supports route 31 
Stonehouse Pond 
Wiswall Boulders aka Thompson Farm , The 
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Southern NH and Seacoast Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This is a catch-all for all the smaller areas in southern NH from Concord down. Since Pawtuckaway is such a developed destination, it has its own area here

Southern NH holds some pretty cool climbing, it just tends to be smaller and wide spread. Mini-cliffs and small pockets of bouders exist in nearly every town, they range from sweet hidden gems to chunks of stone nearly worth developing but more likely to be "discovered" by each new generation of climbers and forgotten about.

A few quality standouts include the impressive but neglected Rock Rimmon in Manchester. 100 feet high and home to over 60 routes, mostly on the easier side of the scale. I am convinced that if it were in a wilderness area this would be one of the most popular beginner crags in NH and it's more difficult routes would receive the attention they deserve. As it is, the urban residents have effectively claimed it as their own.

Stonehouse Pond is absolutely stunning and under utilized. Sitting next to it's picturesque New England pond it brings to mind a castle protected by it's moat. Very worth stopping by to storm the gates.

Dumplington Hill (The Dump) is a place I have never climbed but I have gone once or twice to look around. As i type this im once again wondering why I have never climbed there, Force of habit perhaps? It's granite cliffs and boulders are like those of pawtuckaway but without the crowds.

The more you explore the smaller areas in the southern part of the state the more you will see that it isn't always necessary to drive an hour or more to get some good cragging. We are in a state that holds plenty of options for a quick after work session. If you aren't near any of the areas listed above simply step off the beaten path... This is the granite state after all.

Getting There 

With the exception of Stone Arch Bridge in the western part of the state near Keene, most of these areas are located off the main Interstate Highways of Rt 95 (aka the New Hampshire Turnpike) and Rt 93, and the excellent state highways, the Spaulding Turnpike (aka Rt 16) and Rt 101.

Rock Climbing Photo: Southern New Hampshire regions original maps from ...
Southern New Hampshire regions
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Check the Google Map to the left on this page for specific areas and their locations. See the individual areas for specific directions.

Boston has a major airport, and most of the areas in the Southern & Seacoast Region are within 2 hrs drive. Manchester has a fairly large airport and is very centrally located to most of areas in the Southern & Seacoast Region. Portland, Maine also has a commercial airport, slightly less service than Manchester, but may be closer to many NH areas than Boston, and it is also far less of a hassle than the virtually downtown Logan in Boston.

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375 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Southern NH and Seacoast

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southern NH and Seacoast:
Timeline   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Clough State Park : unsorted Clough State Park ...
Summercamp Massacre   V3 6A     Boulder, 14'   Lake Potanipo
Fire   V4 6B     Boulder, 11'   Clough State Park : unsorted Clough State Park ...
The Devil's Steps   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Clough State Park : unsorted Clough State Park ...
Natural Flow   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 17'   Clough State Park : unsorted Clough State Park ...
Tears Of A Lone Wolf   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Clough State Park : unsorted Clough State Park ...
Tippy Toe   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Trad   Rock Rimmon : The Tippy Toe Slabs (far le...
The Roost   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 60'   Stonehouse Pond
Creatures Creation   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad   Rock Rimmon : Left Side
The Nose    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   Stonehouse Pond
Little Plum   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Rock Rimmon : Right Side
The Devil   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad   Rock Rimmon : Central Section
Desperation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 70'   Stonehouse Pond
Hymie's Last Stand aka Karin's Route   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 70'   Stonehouse Pond
Bruisemaster   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   Dumplington Hill (The Dump) : Bruisemasters block
The BBB route   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 70'   Stonehouse Pond
Sicilian Olympics   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   Stonehouse Pond
Luna   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   Stonehouse Pond
Moe Howard Died For Our Sins   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 65'   Stonehouse Pond
Down By Law   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 40'   Stonehouse Pond
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Tears Of A Lone Wolf V7 7A+  New Hampshire : Southern NH and Seacoast : ... : Temp sub area - unsorted Cl...
The mega-classic line of this boulder, and probably one of the best lines at Clough. Incredible movement and marginal holds finished with a tough mantle. This is the sit start to The Lone Wolf. Start sitting low with fantastic heel toe cam, right hand on the bottom of the arete, left under you're heel and right foot smeared. Levitate up to the arete, make a tough match, then decipher the sequence you'll need to get to the top without being too pumped for the scary mantle. Top out and howl at the...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By john strand
From: southern colo
Nov 19, 2016
'I'm digging through my Hewe's Hill and Marlowe stuff..... more to come
By Dan Knisell
From: Townsend, MA
Aug 10, 2017
Anyone have info or history on climbing at Purgatory Falls in Milford? It's clear some boulders have been scrubbed and climbed.

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