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Summit Cliff (The Highlands)

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Boy Who Cried Wolf, The S 
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Four Seasons S 
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Gospel According to Mark, The S 
Guardian, The S 
Karmic Realignment S 
Northern Lights S 
Northwest Passage S 
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Path of the Righteous S 
Rumpus Time S 
Three Bump Dumper S 
Visions of Jerusalem S 
Where the Wild Things Are S 
Yid Kid, The S 

Summit Cliff (The Highlands) Rock Climbing 

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Summit Cliff is a huge chunk of schist high up Rattlesnake mountain in the north west area of the Rumney crags. About 200 feet tall and hosting over a dozen routes, its a great place to shake off the crowds.

Much of the rock here is clean, high quality stuff with interesting, demanding and sometimes quite long routes. As you approve the crags via the gully between Yellowknife Buttress and Prudential the first routes you see are on a toe of rock that is about vertical. The right hand route Three Bump Dumper 5.11a is super good, pumpy and a bit commiting in parts. There are a few more climbs up to the left but the majority of the climbing is up the main gully to the right. Routes from 10a to 12a dominate but there is a fun 5.7 as well.

The coolest climb I've done at Summit is Path of the Righteous a 16 bolt 5.10b that might be one of the best 5.10s at Rumney. There are a couple routes that require one to scramble up a slippery green slab/gully to access at a bolted anchor. Two of these routes are hard open projects just waiting for a lucky climber to clean up. While the Summit Cliff approach might scare most away, those with an adventurous nature might enjoy checking out this gem which seems hidden regardless of the fact that you can see it as clear as day from Route 25.

Getting There 

Follow directions to Prudential or Yellowknife Buttress then find the gully between them and thrash your way up the fixed rope to the base of the lowest part of the cliff.

Climbing Season

For the *Rumney area.

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Summit Cliff (The Highlands)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Summit Cliff (The Highlands):
Where the Wild Things Are   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   
Corax crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 50'   
Giant's Chimney   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 80'   
Path of the Righteous   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Rumpus Time   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   
The Gospel According to Mark   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Path of the Righteous 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  New Hampshire : *Rumney : Summit Cliff (The Highlands...
Righteous, get it, it trends right. hahaha.anyway...Fantastic! long climb, sustained 5.9ish climbing with a few tricky crux moves that will make you work for 5.10b. When you finally decide to hike up to this crag bring 18 draws so you and all of your partners can do this route!Climb the left facing corner, crimps on the face crack in the corner. Continue up moderate rock to a steep puzzling corner. Work it out and it will treat you well (first crux). After the first crux the route jogs right in ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Summit Cliff early on in the year
The Summit Cliff early on in the year
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit Cliff. View from lower in the dirty gully.
BETA PHOTO: Summit Cliff. View from lower in the dirty gully.
Rock Climbing Photo: summit... awesome
summit... awesome
Rock Climbing Photo: Finally got inspired to add a map of the Summit Cl...
BETA PHOTO: Finally got inspired to add a map of the Summit Cl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Far from the crowds, Summit Cliff has a lot of cli...
Far from the crowds, Summit Cliff has a lot of cli...
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Rock Climbing Photo: off the summit of summit
off the summit of summit
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jared looking way down off of summit crag in to th...

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Sep 24, 2009
The Summit Cliff aka The Highlands - There are some great routes up here along with a few projects and more potential. Some of the routes may need a bit of cleaning, as they were not in the old book so have not had much traffic since they went in.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Mar 23, 2010
drat! closed for nesting season i was just startingto explore this place... oh well i bet it will still be there in the fall...
By M Sprague
From: New England
May 6, 2010
I have two projects all the way up at the top of the gully, that anyone is very welcome to go for when the birds are out of there. They are potentially great routes, but unfortunately it is a bit nasty to get to them. They are to the right of Cosmic Realignment and can be approached by an easy bolted dirty slab. At one point I had the slab cleaned off, but its location makes it grow back and get filthy in no time.
The right hand project is all bolted and goes at about 12d. I linked it on self belayed TR , but never got back to lead it. One clip is a bit difficult, but manageable. The original clipping hold blew off. It is a long steep and pumpy route. If it was lower down the hill and not in such an odd location, it would be popular I am sure.
The one to the left, next to Cosmic was not completely bolted and will need more cleaning. I think most of the bolts are in and it does have an anchor. I think it will end up as some kind of hard 12 also.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jul 3, 2010
i got word from Chris Martin of NH Audubon that all the cliffs are open for the rest of 2010! enjoy!
By M Sprague
From: New England
Sep 13, 2010
While you are up there, check out the Buddha Cave. It is at the top of the main gully, where The Gospel .. starts. Walk in and you can chimney up and come out on a great ledge with a big birch like Buddha's banyan tree. Just hope the big blocks you are chimneying through don't shift or you will be seeing your maker very quickly.

Need it be said, don't relieve yourself in this area. If you must pee, go way down the gully and even further, out of the gully if you have to crap and bury the results.
By twellman
From: Cambridge
Aug 15, 2012
That left-angling chimney looks pretty long and wild. Has anyone climbed it? Is it climbable, or full of muck?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 15, 2012
That's Giant's Chimney. Andy Tuttle climbed it, but he is crazy :). It would be great if it was retroed, but is pretty sketchy as it is; bad gear, run-out, dirty and often wet. With some bolts and cleaned it would be a 3+ star 5.9, very dramatic. He probably would be all right with it being retroed, but somebody should check with Andy first. Stainless glue-ins would be the way to go.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 15, 2012
I took a closer look at it the other day than i had in the past and that chimney looks gnarly! the right wall looked very mossy but the other wall was more clean and featured... looked like back against the moss and feet on the rock kinda thing... VERY intimidating... i saw at least one pin and it looked pretty rusty... i really want to climb it but i dont think i would do it ground up at this point... i agree, safer gear (bolts) and this thing would be priceless! major props to andy for the style he did it in!
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Oct 17, 2012
I replaced the rope up the gully today the old one was rotting through...
By S. Neoh
Sep 23, 2013
Will this crag be OK to climb at late Oct / early Nov? Does it get afternoon Sun then? How's the wind chill effect up here?
By ward smith
Oct 8, 2013
Soon, I just did Where the Wild Things Are on Saturday. I think that the crag would be great in cold, sunny weather, but better in the morning as it faces southeast. Just get there early, it is a short hike lol. We hiked in by Northwest Territories to Prudental, left a buch of stuff there and went up the slippery gully via fixed rope with lighter packs. Wild Things Are is a great warm-up, and Path of the Righteous (10) starts in the same place and is also good. Then definitely do Three Bump Dumper (11a).


Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Johnson starting up "Where the Wild Thi...
Steve Johnson starting up "Where the Wild Things Are" (7).

Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Johnson pulling around onto the slab on &quo...
Steve Johnson pulling around onto the slab on "Where the Wild Things Are"
By S. Neoh
Oct 9, 2013
Thanks for the info, Ward. Much appreciated.
By ward smith
Apr 29, 2014
As of this week, the Summit Cliff is closed due to peregrine falcons.
By Eric Leclerc
From: Montreal
Aug 14, 2014
Anybody knows if Summit Cliff is re-open?
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 15, 2014
just emailed my friend who runs the falcon program. I'll let you know when i hear back.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 15, 2014
He said yes! All NH falcon closures have been lifted! Have fun up there! Great cliff!
By Eric Leclerc
From: Montreal
Aug 17, 2014
Thanks Lee! I went to Summit Cliff on Saturday and was able to send 8 of the routes.
Too bad not enough people go up there. Some really beautiful long routes.
The only one I didn't enjoy is The Boy Who Cried Wolf 10c because was too much overgrown.
The amount of lichen is insane.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 21, 2014
YEAH! looks like you had a great day! i dont know if i will ever get 8 new rumney routes in a day again haha... i'm running out of routes haha...
I remember the boy who cried wolf being ridiculous in its filthiness...

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