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White Toad 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Aug 31, 2007

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Chris on the first pitch


One of my favorite moderates at Rumney due to its fun climbing and killer exposure. If you like a feeling of adventure with your sport cragging, this climb is for you. Look for the white toads that this route is named for--they sneek up on you. If there is something smooshy in the crack you reach in to its likely to be a white toad.

Pitch 1: Start in a somewhat dirty corner up the hill from the harder sport routes in this section. Stem your way up about 20 feet to a fixed pin. Clip the pin and step out right on to a face (5.7) head straight up on nice rock with good gear to a stance under a steep section. Place a good hand sized cam above and avoid the steep stuff by traversing right along a flake then back left to a tricky move (5.7) to gain a nice belay alcove with 2 bolts. If you gain the ledge directly its about 5.9.

Pitch 2: I normally do the variation called Dead Toad (5.8) which goes out left and is all bolted. The original route however heads up the slab ramp on the right (5.6) with minimal gear then back left following bolts to a great exposed belay ledge directly above the first belay. 2 bolt anchor.

Pitch 3: This pitch is all bolted and is super exposed and fun. Climb straight up above the belay ledge following bolts until you get to a blank steep slab move right here (the farther right you go the easier. I think a few holds broke making it more attractive to go right) then back left and over a steep challenging bulge (5.7) and on to the chains at the top.

Most people lower back to the ledge from the top pitch as you would for most sport routes. Then the second can clean the route and you can pull the rope. One 60m rope stretch will get you to the ground from the second belay. Tie stopper knots in the rope ends just to be safe.


Starts in somewhat dirty corner and exits the corner to the right after 20 feet or so.


A small rack of nuts and cams (a #2 camalot is useful on the first pitch). A few long slings and about 10 quick draws.

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Rock Climbing Photo: one last shot just to show the overall scene...
one last shot just to show the overall scene...
Rock Climbing Photo: jay leads the last pitch
jay leads the last pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: pitch 1
pitch 1
Rock Climbing Photo: my foot and jay on the 3rd pitch
my foot and jay on the 3rd pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: jay on the second pitch
jay on the second pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down the third pitch at Zach
looking down the third pitch at Zach
Rock Climbing Photo: Glenn on the first pitch
Glenn on the first pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris at the top of the ramp on the second pitch
Chris at the top of the ramp on the second pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: White Toad with the Dead Toad variation.  The stan...
BETA PHOTO: White Toad with the Dead Toad variation. The stan...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing pitch three.
Climbing pitch three.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the 1st pitch of White Toad.
Looking down the 1st pitch of White Toad.

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By bradley white
From: Bend
Jul 13, 2008

I named the climb. I found an ancient iron Stubai carabiner attached to a pin below ramp. Chris Hassig reportedly climbed the last pitch bulge first.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Jul 18, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This climb is super fun, the first and last pitch are the best but the second pitch has some fun climbing too. This is a must do for all people comfortable with Rumney trad climbing. Awesome route.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jul 18, 2010

the dead toad variation (5.8) makes the route consistantly fun the whole way :)
By J Meagher
Dec 7, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Awesome for the grade! I find that each pitch tends to engage a different skill: pitch one tests your stemming, pitch two has a lot of smearing and delicate face climbing, and pitch three offers steep jug hauling out the bulge and a super fun mantle. Awesome exposure for Rumney too. Climbing over the top of the ramp on the second pitch gives you a really sudden blast of exposure :) Just watch out for the loose blocks on the first pitch. If you place gear behind them and fall on it theyre probably gonna come out, so just be careful! All in all, incredible route
By SteveMarshall
Apr 17, 2015

second couldnt pull a nut and we forgot it on rappel so i got to test the strength of the lone piton.

it's still stuck in there pretty good. ;)
By Tyler Quesnel
From: Eliot
Apr 28, 2015

Steve--didn't see the nut so someone else must have found it first!

I also didn't see the pin, so I must have taken a different route than standard.

Fun first pitch for an inexperienced trad leader. The morning dew and just barely acceptable pro kept me on my toes.

The last pitch was great--good moves, wonderful view, and awesome exposure.
By Eli
From: Lives in a truck
Jul 11, 2015
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Awesome route, this is definitely one of the reasons I run around Rumney with a rack. I thought the first pitch and last pitch had moves that could fall outside the 5.7 range, but I could be totally wrong or have done them in a silly way. Great climb and highly recommended!
By Systematic
Aug 10, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Climbed this on a warm summer morning. First pitch has plenty of good pro including nuts and medium cams. I even snuck in a tricam under the roof. Second pitch is a bit disappointing. Especially if you plan to swap leads... Will try Dead Toad next time. Third pitch is very exposed and gets hit hard by the sun in the morning. I felt like the climbing was >5.7 at the steep section, but only for 1-2 moves.

Overall this is a fun climb -- especially if you're a bit bored of Rumney overhanging jug hauls. Realize though that only the first pitch has any opportunity to fiddle with gear placements and route finding.

Loose stuff everywhere including vegetation and insects. Wearing a helmet is recommended.

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