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West Rattlesnake Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,243'
Location: 43.77938, -71.54176 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Eli on May 4, 2015


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Hordes of tourists show up at the top of this thing every year, but few realize that the slabs below are a whole other experience to be had.

This south-facing cliff offers pretty excellent one to two pitch slab climbing. The rock and climbing style feels very similar to that of Whitehorse, with the same rock type and incredible friction, but suffers from not being climbed nearly enough (hollow flakes, and occasionally crumbly razor crimps). Most of the climbs here are going to feel relatively run out and exposed above the trees, due to a lack of bolts (as of right now). Hollow flakes are relatively frequent here, and produce a pleasant acoustic sound when drummed on. Sometimes the gear is great, and sometimes you don't even know why you're bothering to slot that micro-cam. The top of the cliff has enough trees to find good belays, so remember your slings or webbing. Tri-cams are your friend at this crag. Walking off the top and taking the trail back down is ideal because many of the routes are over 150'.

Still a good amount of potential here, so bring your gear and record some ascents!

Note: People have climbed here before, there aren't any rap-anchors or leftover tree-tat, but there are at least four bolted routes up the very steep slab on the far right side of the cliff. As I have no data on them, I'll assume that they were sent at some point, and then forgotten. I didn't put a huge effort into sending them because of lichen, but the bolts feel strong and I did fall on some of them. I may go back to rap and scrub them, but if anyone has any information on what they are, add it here or pm me. I think that at least two of them are in the 5.11+/- range or harder.

Getting There 

From the intersection of Rt.3/Rt.25 and Rt.113 in Holderness, head North on NH 133E for about 5.5 miles, the parking lot for Rattlesnake will be on the right (across the street is the parking lot for Mt. Percival).
Follow the trail (essentially a super-highway) to the beautiful view. The walk in is less than a mile.
To get to the base of the cliffs walk to the right and follow a semi-beaten path down. Rapping from the top of the cliff with a 60m rope will not get you to the bottom in all places. A 70m may, but it would be better just to walk down.

Climbing Season

For the Lakes Region area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For West Rattlesnake Slabs
Rock Climbing Photo: The line from the right of the two trees (that gea...

Death Wish in Paradise 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c New Hampshire : Lakes Region : West Rattlesnake Slabs
From the tree, head up the left-leaning flaring crack until it runs out. Continue up the slabs to large pine tree that you can sling and belay from. Scramble to the top.Super fun and exciting climbing on this route! Lichen isn't a problem, and the rock is mostly solid. After the initial steep slab, the grade mellows out pretty well and turns into about 5.6(+/-) friction climbing. The gear is not good after the crack, and placements are scarce. Be sure to bring your lead head, this route is a rew...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fall here
Fall here
Rock Climbing Photo: Shawn Bunnell Packing up
Shawn Bunnell Packing up
Rock Climbing Photo: Right side of the cliff, where all the mysterious ...
Right side of the cliff, where all the mysterious ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The trail map.
The trail map.
Rock Climbing Photo: A view to go with it!
A view to go with it!

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