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Subtle like Bob Ross 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 250', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Adam Beach and Friends
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: beach on Aug 1, 2016  with updates from beach and 1 more

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BETA PHOTO: Subtle like Bob Ross


A 70M rope is mandatory to rappel

Pitch 1: 5.6 Sport - 10 bolts to a ring anchor (~110 ft). If climbing the next pitches, continue past the anchor and belay at the large tree on the vegetated ledge

Pitch 2: 5.6 Sport / Trad - Climb up through the tree ledge, clip two bolts and then traverse directly left on a foot ledge to the base of a dark slab. Climb past two more bolts and a hollow overlap to a ring anchor at the base of a finger crack (~110 ft)

Pitch 3:

5.6 Sport / Trad - Climb up the short crack, step right and run it out over easy ground up to a ring anchor.


5.3 Trad - step left back to the crack and continue to the top on very featured rock. (~70 ft)

I recommend combining Pitch 2 and 3 into a long pitch

Descent: Rappel the route with a 70M rope.


The farthest left route, way up the hill.


Nuts and Small Cams to a BD .75, 10 quickdraws, a few alpine draws, black tricam is useful on pitch 2

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By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Aug 3, 2016
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Yup..."WAY" up the hill. The path was quite steeper than expected, considering the rest of Mt Forist. However, these climbs are not to be missed!
By Ron Birk
From: Boston, MA
Sep 6, 2016

Looking forward checking out the new additional pitches!
By Ben Townsend
Sep 29, 2016

Still a bit scruffy, especially on the upper pitches, but really fun.
By Tom Sawyer
From: North Conway, NH
Oct 1, 2017

I felt that the crux on P1 was well protected but thin making it a 5.7.
P2 seemed like a 5.6 and P3 seemed easier - more like 5.5.
A nice climb with great views of the Mahoosuc range. The bolts were well placed.

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