The Big Wall Rock Climbing
Jay Denver climbing on the central wall
The Big Wall starts at the obvious blocky corner of Orthanc and runs right through the big wall sections off the cliff.
Center of the cliff
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Big Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Big Wall:
The Arete 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 55'
Rampage 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 170'
Featured Route For The Big Wall
Riptide 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a New Hampshire
: Lakes Region
: ... : The Big Wall
Start 15 to the left of Wet Lichen Dreams which has a bolt at 20 to help locate the start. P1: Riptide climbs the arête of a short buttress of stacked blocks to a small tree ledge. Climb up the slab past a bolt to an overlap with gear. Pull the overlap and continue up the left facing corner on the left side of the roof. Clip a bolt and make the crux moves exiting the corner to a small foot ledge and another bolt. Move up and follow another left facing corner to a two bolt anchor below the o...[more] Browse More Classics in New Hampshire
Jun 13, 2012
This section of wall has great exposure and views. The routes can all be done as long pitches as well!
By Jason Denver
Aug 4, 2012
Doing these climbs as single pitches makes them more memorable for the leader and allows time for more! However, I would recommend doing some in 2 pitches at least once to experience the comfortable and scenic belay stances (especially memorable at sunset).