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The Pound Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.7989, -71.79659 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ladd on Apr 9, 2010
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Ladd Raine starting Pound Crack.


Collection of many quality, schist problems right next to the road 5 minutes from Rumney's main parking area.

The must do in my opinion is Welcome Crack and it is just stellar, Walk up the hill, cross the rock wall throw down your pad and climb the obvious crack to 18foot height at V1, it climbs like a route and you'll be sad when it is over.

Getting There 

When driving into the village of Rumney from Route 25, instead of taking a left onto Buffalo Rd towards the crags, turn right onto Quincy Rd. Drive a couple minutes and large boulders beside the road will be obvious. There is a 15ft tall boulder on the south side of the road almost in the road, it always has chalk on it, this is your marker. The rest of the problems are on the north side of the road.

Important: Park well off the road, look both ways when crossing and don't hang out in or close by the edge of the road! It is dangerous and really pisses off the locals, to the point where the town has seriously considered blowing up the EDCL boulder. Be good neighbors!

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.8 miles from here

104 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',62],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pound

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pound:
Pine Tree Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 25'   Barn Door Boulder
Hemlock Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Quincy Market   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 13'   Stone Wall Boulder
Pound Crack   V1 5     Boulder, 18'   Pound Crack Boulder
Front and Center   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Stone Wall Boulder
Super Chalk   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Stone Wall Boulder
EDCL   V2 5+     Boulder   EDCL Boulder
Barn Door   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Bad Ladder   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Ahab Calling   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Barn Door Boulder
West End   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Pound Crack Boulder
Crimp Ladder   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
The Whale's Tail   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 10'   Barn Door Boulder
Captain Condor   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Barn Door Boulder
Whale Calling Condor   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Barn Door Boulder
Randy Moss   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Barn Door Boulder
Smoke and Mirrors   V6- 7A     Boulder, 14'   Smoke and Mirrors Boulder
Flyboy   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Barn Door Boulder
Deacon Variation   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Skip and Sandy Boulder
Hardman Dentist   V9 7C     Boulder, 20'   Pound Crack Boulder
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Featured Route For The Pound
Rock Climbing Photo: Yellow line is the basic route...

Hardman Dentist V9 7C  New Hampshire : *Rumney : ... : Pound Crack Boulder
Start as for Pound Crack but after one move exit the crack to the right working holds under the bulge. This is very scary because your body is horizontal for a number of moves, and at this point you are about eight to ten feet off the ground. The hard moves end when you reach over the bulge, to a jug. I personally haven't been on this route but I know several people who have and been there when they worked on it, for this route core strength is a must, along with strong fingers. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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This is the view when walking in from the road, to...
Rock Climbing Photo: For perspective from the parking pull off. The EDC...
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By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Jan 3, 2009
There is plenty more potential in this area, if you continue walking uphill there is a variety of boulders of different shapes and sizes that can be bouldered and if you continue up there is some potential for some hard bolted routes. The boulders in this area get neglected because the falls are scary but with enough spotters and pads there could be a lot of quality stuff up here.

Also if you were to walk east past the Stone Wall Boulder and Smoke and Mirrors Boulder, away from the main pound section, there are a lot of little boulders that are great for beginners if they got a little more attention, my friend Alex coined this Munchkin Land due to the fact that they are relatively short problems.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Apr 9, 2010
A HUGE thanks to Jay for reorganizing The Pound by boulder!

Also I have written the descriptions for each boulder, if anyone has anything they think I should add to a description for any boulders please put it in the comments and I will gladly add the info in.
By Matt Marchand
From: Coventry, CT/Plymouth, NH
Oct 9, 2013
I found a cool line high up on the hillside the other day. Its comes out of a cave on a pretty steep face and tops out on good holds. The landings a little sketcy but all and all it was a fun climb, definitely worth checking out. Follow the trail up past the established hillside boulder to the top of the hill and turn right after about 30 yards you see a look out back towards rumney rocks with some exposed rock. The cave is inbetween two boulders. Climbs from left to right.
By Tim Waystrong
From: New Hampshire
May 22, 2014
I found a New England bouldering guide book right next to Tweekers at the pound the other day. If anyone has lost this let me know and I can get it to you.
By Jake Perry
From: Concord, NH
Jan 17, 2017
There is an 80lb mountain lion in the area

So a friend and I were climbing here sunday night and the owner of the land behind the pound stopped by and let us know that there is a mountain lion in the area. It likes hanging out around the top of the hill and attacks turkeys that have been coming through the area. He said that it will go after light, so be careful with headlamps. He also let us know that if you have a speaker going or are just being loud then it won't bother you. Just thought I'd let people know.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jan 17, 2017
What I want to know is how the guy weighed the thing. I had a hard enough time trying to stand on the scale holding a wiggling 80 lb Samoyed;) Thanks for the heads up. Might be worth posting in the eastern states forum.
By Russ Keane
Jul 5, 2017
I can't find "Welcome Crack" which is something the page writer references as the best line here. Am I missing something? Thanks.
By Ian McAfee
From: Concord, NH
Jul 5, 2017
I think by "Welcome Crack" Ladd meant "Pound Crack", judging from the description. Pound Crack is amazing!

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