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Child Prodigy 
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The Moat Boulder Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Dec 19, 2006


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The Moat Boulder can be found at the far end of the boulderfield. You will notice a house-sized boulder perched in the middle of a marsh--that's it. The water level is dependent on the season, but the side facing the road usually offers the driest starts. It goes without saying (as I say it right now) that you should avoid this area during the spring, as billions of sadistic insects find their home at the base of the Moat Boulder.

Getting There 

Follow the main trail through the Black Jacks. The Moat Boulder is the west most huge boulder before you get over to the West Blackjacks.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.2 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Moat Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Moat Boulder:
Fingerflake   V0 4     Boulder, 25'   
Firestarter   V3 6A     Boulder   
Child Prodigy   V6 7A     Boulder   
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Featured Route For The Moat Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Following crimps up Child Prodigy.

Child Prodigy V6 7A  New Hampshire : *Rumney : ... : The Moat Boulder
Both Firestarter and Child Prodigy can be found on the road-facing side of the Moat Boulder. Firestarter climbs the right side of the face on big holds and Child Prodigy starts as per Firestarter and breaks left. Start on big holds that mark the start of Firestarter. Rather than going to a flake with your left hand, grab the crimp right below it and head left into an ill-defined inside corner. The crimps continue, some facing the wrong direction, until the lip where a hero-jug awaits. Topout up ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Nov 26, 2007
There is more big stuff further West Jay. If you keep going, then head back from the road and crawl around you will find a bunch of cool hidden overhangs
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Nov 26, 2007
I have to say that the boulder field is an amazing place to explore. It is much bigger than it appears and it seems that there are an infinite number of little caves and passageways. It's a mysterious place for sure.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Jan 18, 2009
Does anyone know any information about the route between the two moat boulders to the left of the Down Climb it has been cleaned and is probably around 25 feet high. This route is a crack that runs straight up the rock, any info?
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jan 18, 2009
if its the one im thinking of i found it to be wicked fun and maybe a spooky V0-V1
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Jan 18, 2009
Yeah it didnt look to hard but just a little on the tall side...
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Apr 8, 2010
Careful on the top of this boulder there are a lot of endangered ferns so please watch your step!
By M Sprague
From: New England
Apr 9, 2010
Are they fragrent ferns?
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Apr 9, 2010
They are the same ferns that are around the base of the Parking Lot wall. There are a lot of them on the top of the the boulders at Blackjack Boulders. As far as I am aware they are the endangered ones, someone pointed them out to me one time by the parking lot wall and I think they are the same ones.

That link is what they look like, there is a lot of them so I may have been miss informed...

But either way we should be conscious of the plant life and be friendly to our surroundings :)
By M Sprague
From: New England
Apr 9, 2010
Here is a link to a description of the fragrant fern (also called fragrant wood fern or fragrant cliff fern)- dyopteris fragans, which is the one we should be especially careful of:

The big fern carpets on top of the boulders are another kind.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Apr 9, 2010
Mark they look like a little like that, I will take a picture next time I am out there and we can figure it out for sure... :)

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