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Upper Face / Upper Tier Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.20342, -71.40949 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Robert Hall on Aug 5, 2014
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This is the "upper Face" (DUH !) of Willard, above the huge tree-ledge and is accessed by climbing any one of the several climbs on the "Main Face". Most climbers who climb the upper face will elect to walk/hike down the hiking path to the road. Thus, plan accordingly with where you park and which approach you use to the Main Slab portion of your climb.

Paul Cormier has done much of the development of the Upper Tier and has posted many of his climbs on "". He has also recently added (or given permission to add) a bolt or two to some of these climbs. (e.g. Ground Control) so the run-outs are no longer as terrifying. Thanks Paul !

Getting There 

While most climbers would do a route on the Upper Face as a finish to one of the Main Slab climbs, it is possible to reach the level of the huge tree ledge by climbing up Hitchcock Ravine/Gully. While this is the standard descent route for winter ice climbs, it can not be recommended in the summer due to wet, lose rock and the presence of an ENDANGERED SPECIES of flower which can only grow in the limestone rock of this gulley.

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For the WM: Crawford Notch area.

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Face / Upper Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Face / Upper Tier:
Ground Control   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   
Salespitch   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Entering the slab on P1.

Salespitch 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  New Hampshire : WM: Crawford Notch : ... : Upper Face / Upper Tier
This route is located on the upper tier.Access this route by Rappeling from the top or by climbing Across The Universe (suggested). P1 - Climb up the easy slab and when the rock steepens under the left facing flake get ready for some really fun climbing. Climb up using cool pockets and flakes, then establish in the right facing corner leading up to a small roof. At the roof you want to step left around it (crux) by making use of a small undercling. Once you make this move expect the climbing to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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