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Ale 8 S 
Back Crack T 
Barbed Wire Corner T 
Black Slabbath S 
Chicken Head S 
Chicken Parts S 
Cold Feet S 
Cold Shoulder  S 
Dolt S 
Electric Socks S 
Free Range Chicken T 
Giant Man S 
Hinterland Highway S 
Hole in the Wall T 
Hot Head S 
Jolt S 
Killers Crack T 
Know Moxie T 
Last Kid Picked S 
Little People, The S 
Mean Lean, The S 
Moxie T 
Nicky's Crack S 
Rise Against S 
Tang S 
Who Done It? T 

The Hinterlands Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.80547, -71.84373 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 15, 2007
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almost to the top crux of Giant Man


Once the best kept secret at Rumney, now the secret is out and this is a popular destination for many Rumney climbers.... Routes from 5.6 to 5.12c many of them with sickening exposure for single pitch routes.... At the Hinterlands, you will find what you are looking for for sure. The cliff has steep pumpy routes, slabs, technical faces, and even a few will find sun and shade on the same day, and in the winter you can even climb rock and ice on the same day, what more can you ask for?

The hike might seem long to those spoiled by Rumney's typically nonexistent approach hikes, but a half hour should get you there, and you will find must do climbs at a variety of grades and styles such as, Jolt (5.10b) maybe the most exposed 5.10 at Rumney, climbing the very edge of a fin of rock 80 feet above the trail. Or if you want something exposed but more moderate try, Dolt (5.9, just right of Jolt), or Electric Socks (5.8+, one of my favorite routes at the grade at Rumney).... If it's hard, steep climbing you want, Giant Man (5.12b/c) is worth the hike all on its own.... This is only to name a few, the list goes on....

Note: Be aware that high up on portions of this crag, especially in the area of Jolt, the rock is unstable and there are massive pieces ready to come down. There is a huge block above Hinterlands Highway. Hanging out below puts you in the danger zone. Find a safer spot to wait for your turn off to the side and wear your dome piece while belaying if you have one.

Getting There 

The best way to get there is to pick up the trail from the Blackjack Boulders up to Triple Corners Wall...then head left and up a steep hill and a gully with a fixed rope in it...continue your way up the steep hill to the Hinterlands cliff...Climb over a log an you are officially there.... To the right is a slab capped with the huge roof of Giant Man (5.12b/c) walk left and down to get to Jolt (5.10b)....

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26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Hinterlands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Hinterlands:
Hinterland Highway   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport   
Cold Feet   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   
Chicken Head   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Hole in the Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   
Electric Socks   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Barbed Wire Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad   
Black Slabbath   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   
Jolt   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dolt   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Know Moxie   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 40'   
Rise Against   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 85'   
Nicky's Crack   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Mean Lean   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 2 pitches   
Ale 8   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Giant Man   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For The Hinterlands
Rock Climbing Photo: Jolt.

Jolt 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  New Hampshire : *Rumney : The Hinterlands
Many call this the best 5.10 at Rumney. Wildly-exposed climbing interesting fun moves on good holds; it would be hard to find anything negative to say about this climb (except maybe that it is an exfoliating death trap). Its main feature is a crazy rock fin jutting out 80 feet above the ground. You will learn to love this feature or you will find yourself catching big air.Starting on less-interesting, moderate moves you will eventually gain a stance looking up at the business, which is...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

Photos of The Hinterlands Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: @SS Shot.
@SS Shot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Found the Jolt anchors 60-70' downhill in the wood...
Found the Jolt anchors 60-70' downhill in the wood...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jolt "before and after" the May 2013 roc...
Jolt "before and after" the May 2013 roc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dolt from Sunday May 12 2013. One of the last pict...
Dolt from Sunday May 12 2013. One of the last pict...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Hinterlands map... Again there are a few left ...
BETA PHOTO: The Hinterlands map... Again there are a few left ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dunno names but I believe the lines being climbed ...
Dunno names but I believe the lines being climbed ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The left end routes...
BETA PHOTO: The left end routes...
Rock Climbing Photo: :)
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from under jolt...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up from under jolt...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappelling off of Jolt.
Rappelling off of Jolt.

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By brianmiller
Aug 4, 2009
Any name out there for the first route to the right of Cold Feet? also feels like 5.7...
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
May 14, 2013
Mark, do you think this could impact the integrity of the entire fin? Should people avoid Jolt until it can be examined?
By M Sprague
From: New England
May 15, 2013
Rickety death trap would be the expression. It has been fun to climb on so we have anyway, but it is only a matter of time before more falls off. Pry a bunch off and the question is where do you stop.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
May 15, 2013
I hiked up today and checked out the carnage. Jolts anchors and the entire upper flake have exfoliated. Dolt may have lost some rock on the arete side but the anchors are still there.

I would not suggest climbing on either side of the fin, I probably will never climb on or below it again. As more and more rock falls from the fin, it is becoming thinner and thinner, just does not seem safe to me.
By S. Neoh
Sep 6, 2013
Seems safe to get on Nicky's Crack after the rockfall (we did) but I would stay off Last Kid Picked tho.
But, as always, use you best judgement.
By S. Neoh
Sep 8, 2013
There are some new bolts (at least two expansion ones) just to the left of Cold Shoulder. Is there a new route going up here? There is also a static rope hanging from a little higher up. All pretty deep in the gully. What's up?
From: ma
Jul 8, 2014
the bolts and static line are still there. i jumped on this route the other day. there's three low bolts bolts that bring you into killers crack i guess. if u intend to climb it bring trad gear, there's no bolts after the 3 that u can just about clip from the ground, stickless even, maybe i missed something.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 8, 2014 explains some
By mitch s
Aug 29, 2014
Has anyone climbed at the hinterlands lately? Is it safe enough to not be in danger of rockfall or still too sketchy?

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