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The Crow's Nest

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Calypso S 
Clambake S 
Corvus B. TR 
Crow's Nest, The S 
Dingy, The S 
Ill Gotten Booty S 
J-boat T 
Keel Hauled S 
Keel-Ho S 
Land Ho! S 
Little Mermaid, The S 
Mussels S 
Mutiny S 
Nantucket Sleigh Ride S 
Pee Wee's Big Adventure T 
S.O.S. S 
Saint Elmo's Fire S 
Scuttlebutt S 
Sea Breeze S 
Seasick S 
Starboard Drift T 
Trad's Nest, The S 
Walk the Plank S 
Woman Overboard S 

The Crow's Nest Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,387'
Location: 43.80623, -71.84326 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: BrianWinslow on May 21, 2007
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A scenic crag pretty high up the mountain. Not a bad place to be when the lower crags are crowded and it's not real hot out. Some of the routes are pretty much in the full sun and some are shaded when the trees have leaves. Mostly, the crag feels hot and dry on sunny days. The climbs that I've done here tend to be technical but a little burly strength helps out too. Also, there is a rap station at the far left of the crag which brings you down to the Yellowknife crag. It's obvious to look at but some of the climbs on the left side of the crag start from a big ledge, with a big drop, so be careful.

Getting There 

1. Hike past the Jimmy cliff left side (clip a dee do dha) up a bit and farther, maybe ten minutes or so. Make sure you pass to the left of the little bouldering size wall with the hand crack. Going to the right is the descent trail from the top of Clip a Dee Doo Dah. You will be trending up and left.
2. Alternatively, climb the fixed rope in the gully from the right side of the Hinterlands. I recommend approach no. 1.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.4 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Crow's Nest

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Crow's Nest:
Pee Wee's Big Adventure   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad   
The Little Mermaid   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Scuttlebutt   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Land Ho!   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
Keel-Ho   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Calypso   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Crow's Nest   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Corvus B.   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 45'   
S.O.S.   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   
The Dingy   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 20'   
Walk the Plank   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Seasick   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Nantucket Sleigh Ride   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Crow's Nest
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris at the anchors.

Seasick 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  New Hampshire : *Rumney : The Crow's Nest
This is a short route but it offers a bit of variety with some balancy, powerful movement. To start, pull onto the wall as the bottom is a small cave. Work up to a left hand undercling and then a right hand gaston. Work up the seem (avoid the barn door, clip from above the third bolt) and throw big to the left for a mediocre hold. Mantel up and then move back to the chains on the right. Beta is in the feet, there are a lot more options than you can see from the ground....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: the newer, far right side routes at the nest
BETA PHOTO: the newer, far right side routes at the nest
Rock Climbing Photo: A topo of the old side of the crows nest
BETA PHOTO: A topo of the old side of the crows nest
Rock Climbing Photo: a map to the crow's nest right... Perhaps one of t...
BETA PHOTO: a map to the crow's nest right... Perhaps one of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Crow's Nest
The Crow's Nest

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By Legalto
Jul 14, 2014
Just using the guide book, it wasn't entirely clear how to get to this area. Essentially, you take the Jimmy Cliff walk off trail up for a few minutes (walking left of clip a dee doo dah), and then take a left on a connecting trail.

In the summer it was hard to see, so it may be more obvious at other times. Again, look for a path on the left about half way up the walk off trail. Do not walk to the top of Jimmy Cliff.
By Alan Emery
From: Lebanon, NH
Jun 19, 2016
Some of the junctions at Rumney would be better severed if there were trail markers. This is one area for sure. I have always come up from The Hinterlands. I found that an easy climb and not hard to locate.
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Jun 20, 2016
Recalling back to my first few times accidentally walking to the top of the Clippity slab, I agree with you afemery. I think they'll come with time. The alternative trail up the right side of Jimmy Cliff also comes to mind. I think cairns would be good enough for now. Good suggestions to be brought up at a future RCA Trail Day.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Nov 1, 2016
Sending a route is a great feeling, sending a cliff is even better! today I finished sending all of Crow's Nest by climbing Nantucket Sleigh Ride :) This cliff has a few hard eggs to crack Keel Hauled 5.12c, Nantucket Sleigh Ride 5.12c, Walk the Plank 5.11b and a few others are tricky and straight up difficult in the grade.

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