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The Crusher 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Ward Smith 1998
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Jul 9, 2008  with updates from Daniel Kaye

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Patrick Cadieux on The Crusher 11d, Orange Crush C...


Possibly the most classic hard 11 at Rumney? You be the judge. While you are climbing this route, remember that it's been climbed barefoot!

This route has multiple sections of hard climbing, all of which offer very unique flow over stunning rock features with eye-popping exposure.

Start this affair on a slab of rock below the steep trail that heads to upper Orange Crush, beneath the roof capping a left-facing corner.

Reach over the void, clip the first bolt and easily traverse over to the corner. Make technical (but not physically difficult) moves rightward across the face to gain the arete, and a stance.

Step back onto the arete, master this, then tackle the steep, but short face with stout, fingery moves, high feet, and an interesting reach to the looming edge of the overhang above. Pull over the bulge and gain the nice ledge shared with multiple other routes.

Move back left onto the upper face and climb through some steep rock on positive holds to an easy mantle, depositing you at comfortable stance at the base of the crux.

(Get a good shake, as the climbing above is sustained, and is considered the techinical crux of the route.)

Delicately move up the slabby face to a very distinct India-shaped hold. Figure out how to utilize it, move past it, then gain the upper left-facing corner for the remaining, pumpy climbing to the anchors.


On the approach trail/ladder to the upper Orange Crush. The Crusher starts on a slab behind some small boulders beneath the large roof cappping the left-facing corner.


13 bolts and chains. Long Runners and back-cleaning are helpful on some of the first bolts.

Photos of The Crusher Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Emeric Aussedat on The Crusher
Emeric Aussedat on The Crusher
Rock Climbing Photo: Alexa reaching through the lower crux
Alexa reaching through the lower crux
Rock Climbing Photo: James holding on
James holding on
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling over the top of the arete - climber - Patr...
Pulling over the top of the arete - climber - Patr...
Rock Climbing Photo: lily in the starting corner
lily in the starting corner
Rock Climbing Photo: Straight out of the Rumney app
Straight out of the Rumney app

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Feb 11, 2010

FA/98 Ward Smith..a killer route.. one of the best hard 11s at Rumney IMO
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
May 26, 2010
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

This thing is HARD! super fun and interesting... i would not cry sandbag but this is as hard as i can call 11d you must earn it for sure!
By Derek Jf
From: Northeast
Oct 13, 2015
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

THIS is move-for-move the best pitch of climbing of the 11s. I had seen the spray on the Black Mamba comment section with arguments supporting BM as the best 11, while others gave note to this route. This lives up to the hype. The Crusher is an amazing route! - most interesting & consistent hard moves the whole way

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