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The Searchers 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a R

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a R [details]
FA: ?
New Route: Yes
Season: Whenever it is dry.
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Submitted By: matthewWallace on Jul 19, 2010

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This route climbs the slightly dirty gully between the two sport routes on the 300 foot slab. The gully is a direct line between Clip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and Lady and The Tramp. The gully is fun but has a sense of adventure.

The line climbs independently through the first pitch, but I would suggest using the first belay station of Lady and The Tramp so you have a safe belay for bringing up your second.

P1: climb up the low angle gully using whatever protection you can (its sparse at best). When you can traverse right to Lady and The Tramp belay. This pitch is all trad protected.

P2: Step back left into the gully and climb up until you meet up with Lady and The Tramp when it breaks left. When you hit the bolts of Lady and The Tramp you have two options: 1) finish up The second half of P2 of Lady and The Tramp (recommended with trad and bolted protection) or 2) keep going straight up the dirty gully to thrash through the brush to belay from one of the many trees. Option two is all trad protected maybe a bolt to clip when crossing Lady and The Tramp.


On the slabs of Jimmy Cliff located in the gully between Clip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and Lady and The Tramp.


Standard rack but the gear is quite terrible. A solo head space is a good idea for this route.

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By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Jul 23, 2010

Sounds like some of the approaches to climbs that I've done! Or at least parts of some cannon routes.

That being said, can't bag on him too much. He went out and got it done.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 23, 2010

I'm about 99% certain that people climbed that often before, maybe even 30 years ago. I know I have soloed up there, but I think I came back down before I reached the very top. It is a nice adventure that despite the grade and vegetation is actually cool, so I would agree on 1 star. It is probably one of those routes best left with FA Unknown. I like your name though. May as well go with that
By Glenn Cilley
From: Laconia, NH
Jul 24, 2010

Ya the route name is cool but the first accent should be unknown, like clippy should be unknown FA also.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 24, 2010

At least with Clippy a lot of effort went into cleaning and equipping it. I think most of the line was actually new too. So giving the FA to Chris seems legit. To be a stickler, you could put "first recorded ascent" Matt. I'm guessing Bradley White hiked up the corner at least a few times.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Jul 25, 2010

Yeah I agree the FA was pushing it but at the time I just didn't think it through and I apologize for that, I don't do anything "just to get a FA" it just wasn't a clear thought process.

As for the one star I don't try to mislead anyone with it. Thats why I am so blunt with the description. The route is fun and does not deserve a bomb rating it is worth doing. The "thrash through the brush" is maybe ten feet of the not recommended variation, the gully will always be slightly dirty and have an element of loose rock it can't be avoided.

I didn't post this route for any reason other than sharing it with other climbers,I give it one star, get out and do it and give it the bomb if you think it deserves it. Happy Climbing everyone.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jul 25, 2010

never any shame in having a fun day out at the crag and getting creative matt... you should also feel comfortable sharing your experiences with others :)
keep having fun and remember to tell me your tales...
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 25, 2010

Brian, the route goes up an interesting formation and has a nice view. It may not be clean or a grade that you are interested in, but plenty of people would find it fun. Just enjoying the view and noting the cool rock texture with the heightened focus of knowing they might die if that have a seizure and roll down the hill and off Waimea might be enough. Not all routes are going to be to your taste, but maybe chill a bit before jumping all over somebody posting a route they enjoyed. If you climb it and don't like it, that is another matter.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Jul 26, 2010


My description may sound harsh and not very appealing but I'm not trying to sugar coat the route. On a single star stands for an OK route, which The Searchers is. It will never be a classic or have a lot of ascents but it is fun. Maybe with it being documented now it will see a few more ascents, who knows. I encourage you to climb it and give it the bomb rating if you feel it is just, personally I don't think it deserves bomb but it is not classic by any means. The route has many characteristics of the other routes on the slab: easy and fun climbing with a nice view. To me a some dirt, a couple loose rocks, and some vegetation is OK for a one star route.

By Brian
From: North Kingstown, RI
Jul 26, 2010


Will do. As I've acknowledged, it is unfair of me to comment on a route I haven't climbed. May gravity be your friend.

By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Sep 1, 2010

Not a bad route... great for someone looking for a really easy practice route for trad climbing...
By bradley white
From: Bend
Jun 17, 2012

My brother David and I did the Searchers in sneakers free solo in 1980. I introduced the slab to my friends later on that year from the Hinterland's branch off up right at the Giant Man area and probably by 1982, every line today listed was trad climbed, namelessly practice routes and identified by their features. Some difficultly then accessing the base of the slab and pro, several years went by before our standard approach to here was found. It wasn't a undesirable area to get to the base of before easy access. The most popular climb is here. I like the Searchers a lot. Rock on
By Jay Morse
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Oct 19, 2016

Two-stars as a free solo, a fun time and some interesting sections of rock in there. I wouldn't bother pitching it out though, unless you're a fairly new trad leader just looking to get some mileage in.

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