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The Marsh Boulders

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Headz Ain't Ready 
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Know Hands 
Piece o' Cake 
Slot Machine  
Super Smash Brothers 
Swamp butt 
Tony's Problem 
Touchdown Giants 
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The Marsh Boulders Rock Climbing 

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The Marsh Boulders are spread out down the hill towards the marsh and hold a number of classics. Boulder X (V6) is a testpiece that will challenge your topout skills, but try not to put your spotter in the hospital. Bodacious (V7) is pure sloping fun that follows an arête to an easier top-out. The top-out can be squat-started on its own as a shorter problem called Bench Warmers (V1). Further down the hill, Touchdown Giants (V2) is an underrated problem on an underrated boulder due to location, and holds many other crimpy variations on the same face that are just as fun.

Getting There 

Once at the Storm Boulders walk back towards the marsh heading down a small decline. Once you can see the marsh, well you are into the Marsh Boulders area.

Area Map 

Rock Climbing Photo: A quick overview map w/climbs shown for reference.
A quick overview map w/climbs shown for reference.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.0 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Marsh Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Marsh Boulders:
Essentials   V1+ 5     Boulder   
Touchdown Giants   V1-2 5     Boulder, 15'   
Slot Machine    V2+ 5+     Boulder, 10'   
Boulder X Slab    V3 6A     Boulder   
Diamond in the Rough   V4 6B     Boulder   
Bodacious   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   
Boulder X   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   
Headz Ain't Ready   V8-9 7B+     Boulder, 12'   
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Diamond in the Rough V4 6B  New Hampshire : *Pawtuckaway : ... : The Marsh Boulders
This is a really fun climb that doesn't get much attention. This is due to the climb being located in an area I've never seen dry. If the marsh is frozen or it has been a really dry season then you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to climb this.Start on obvious holds down to the right with good feet and work your way left. Wrap around the arete and top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder X (V6)
Boulder X (V6)
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By BenVeilleux
Sep 27, 2014
Hey all, so I climbed the boulder labeled with "the impaler v3" today. I climbed the backside (side facing the marsh). Started on the left-ish side with a sharp right crimp and a left hold on the arête. Left foot on to start, right foot hanging. Large, committing bump with left hand to slopey corner of arête. Switch feet, deadpoint/dyno (depending on height - 5"8 me could barely deadpoint, dyno was more consistent) to so-so pinch with right hand. Either match on the pinch and transition to right lip (harder option) or left hand to top of arête to top out.

My question is: is this "the impaler" or an undocumented route? I'll be going back Wednesday 10/1 and put up video, but there's no area listing of "impaler" so unsure if that's the route or not.

Add'l info: boulder is behind "boulder x" and sandwiched between boulder x and diamond in the rough v4.

Edit for more info: Didn't feel like a 3, at least a 4, probably 4+.
By BenVeilleux
Oct 14, 2014
So here's the video, with different angles and a route variant. After sending it and getting some laps on it, realized that it certainly feels like a V3.

MP project vid

Any input or knowledge on previous ascents / if this is a FA are greatly appreciated.
By Ian McAfee
From: Concord, NH
Oct 14, 2014
That chalked up arete to the right of the problem you climbed is Bodacious v7, so you're actually not on the impaler boulder. From the picture on this page it seems the line you climbed is called Bench Warmers, i've looked at that face while trying Bodacious but it looked chossy and sharp, but your video makes it look much more fun.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 14, 2014
Ian is correct that you are climbing on the 'Bodacious' boulder and not on 'The Impaler' boulder. However, 'Bench Warmer' actually starts a bit to the right of this problem on some low edges (if I remember correctly) and then it heads straight up to join the lip and finish the same way that 'Bodacious' does.

As to whether this is a new problem or not, it's really hard to say. It's safe to say that most of the obvious lines and variations have been climbed at some point. It's very unlikely that a climb at this grade level in such a popular area hasn't been climbed before.

That being said, I haven't seen it specifically given a name or grade anywhere before, so if you want to post it up to MP, I'm sure no one would have a problem with it. If you do that and someone has climbed it before, they can always post a comment with the original name and grade.

It's always good to have new things to try.

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