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The 5.10 Wall

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The 5.10 Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: M Sprague on Oct 18, 2010
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The centerpiece of the right cliff is the 120 foot tall shear 5.10 Wall, situated above the slabs, with a large wooded ledge between. The name is a misnomer since what appears to be a nice collection of 5.10 face climbs turns out to be a bunch of fiercely technical and sustained climbing that usually checks in at 5.12 or above. The joke on the new routers passed for many years into the tradition of sandbagging Owls route grades by a couple numbers. If you like techy steep face climbing, this is the wall for you. If you like hard technical, crimpy face climbing, some of the lines here rate with the best of their kind in the region.

The main wall faces SSE, so gets blasted by morning and midday sun, making it a great destination for dry Fall days

In the middle of the face is a large flake that will probably be reduced if a climb ever goes up next to it. All the established climbs are to the left of this flake to Hooters Arete and the giant corner of Wize Owl. There is one quality route further left Dragonfly Yoga, approached by carefully scrambling across the death slab. The right side of the wall is bound by a huge loose and often wet gully and a big buttress. To each side of the gully is great potential, but it will require some dedicated trundling.

Getting There 

See the descriptions under the Owl's Cliff and Rightt Wall. From the toe of the Contact Wall, scramble towards the right up the big steep gully to get to a steep, tree covered ledge, with an expanse of slab below. The smooth vertical 120 foot tall wall above is the 5.10 Wall.

Climbing Season

For the WM: Kancamagus (Central) area.

Weather station 10.4 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For The 5.10 Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: The Dirty Handshake

The Dirty Handshake 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  New Hampshire : WM: Kancamagus (Central) : ... : The 5.10 Wall
The Dirty Handshake starts midway along the 5.10 Wall, just to the left of Mr. Owl. Sustained crimps and two balance cruxes are separated by a near no hands stance at the halfway point. Classic!Originally bolted by Ward Smith, this is refereed to by the project name Endless Owl's by Jerry in his N Conway guidebook.Start down and left of Mr. Owl at a common start with The Gap Abides and follow a line of bolts up and angling gently right. Shares an anch...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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