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The Zoo

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An Unexpected Journey  
Another World 
Barnacle Bill 
Bilbo's Revenge 
Charlie Horse 
Circumspect Ceiling 
Crystal Method 
Four Hole 
Gone in 60 Seconds 
Good Rips 
Grilled Cheese 
Hobbit Direct 
Hobbit Hole 
Jaws (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) 
John's Stand Up 
Let's Call It "levitation" 
Lobster Pot, The 
Lobster Tail, The 
Marathon, The 
Mistaken Identity 
Power and Grace 
Professor, The 
Rio's Smaug Face Problem 
Shire, The 
Two Bits 
Wanderer, The 
When I'm On My Own 
Zoo Traverse 

The Zoo Rock Climbing 

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The Zoo is a fantastic area to warm up, cool down or j ust hang out in all day. Consisting of a large concentration of moderate boulder problems, making it a great place for beginners as well as the more advanced. The zoo also has some of the most classic problems in all of Pawtuckaway such as Hobbit Hole (V3), Bolt on Top (V1) and The Professor (V5) . Because of this it is a definite must stop for any visiting out of towners.

Getting There 

Follow the trail until you approach many boulders on the left and right. Once you cross the small stream go left and you will enter the zoo boulders right by Hobbit Hole. The Split Boulder is to your right.

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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

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Zoo

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Zoo:
Four Hole   V0 4     Boulder, 10'   
Another World   V1+ 5     Boulder   
Good Rips   V1+ 5     Boulder   
Circumspect Ceiling   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   
The Marathon   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 20'   
Hobbit Hole   V3 6A     Boulder, 18'   
Power and Grace   V3 6A     Boulder   
Two Bits   V3 6A     Boulder, 25'   
Rio's Smaug Face Problem   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 13'   
Hobbit Direct   V4 6B     Boulder   
The Professor   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   
Ricochet   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 11'   
Gone in 60 Seconds   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Seth doing it the strong man way.

Hobbit Hole V3 6A  New Hampshire : *Pawtuckaway : ... : The Zoo
Crux is the beta, work your own out because everyone's is different for this climb. The climb is amongst the majority of the boulders in Boulder Natural (an area referred to as Gandalf's Lair). It is an obvious up and left slanting lower crack the follows the arete and jugs to the top of the boulder (downclimb route). Lots of climbers find the lower sidepull helpful to use with your left hand to pull the crux move out of the horizontal handcrack....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Feb 28, 2012
Whats the story with the problem that starts from the top of the boulder that is home to the professor? and climbs the face to the top of the hobbit hole boulder. it has flakes and undercling crimps?
By Lanky
From: Tired
Feb 29, 2012
It's a nice V4ish problem, but it's got some potential for nastiness. You definitely don't want to slip off the feet at the start and jam your self into the gap between the boulders. Plus, some of the flakes are pretty hollow. Fun climbing, though. No idea about the name.
By BDalhaus
From: Bangor, ME
Mar 6, 2012
It's one of Rio's old problems. Julian is right with V4ish and it has been falling apart for years. The hole is creepy but I haven't seen it be a problem for anyone. It's either Rio's Problem (not to be confused with the other one just downstream), Rio's Smaug Problem, or Smaug's Face.
By Ian McAfee
From: Concord, NH
Oct 5, 2014
It's really really good, did it today.

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