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Hueco: V1 Font: 5

Type:  Boulder
Original:  Hueco: V1 Font: 5 [details]
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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Dec 20, 2006

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Kayte having fun on Zig Zag Crack.


Zig Zag Crack is perhaps the best V1 boulder problem in all on New England if not in all of the country. Yes, that is high praise, but this problem lives up to the hype.

Locate the obvious crack on the Zig Zag Boulder and follow the crack using fingerlocks, laybacks, and high steps. The problem is about 15 feet high and would qualify as a highball if not for the perfect landing. A much harder variation (V9) starts as a sit to the right and climbs into the crack.



Photos of Zig Zag Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The feet are great!
The feet are great!
Rock Climbing Photo: epic line
epic line
Rock Climbing Photo: Cliff onsighting
Cliff onsighting
Rock Climbing Photo: contemplating the crack in the fall
contemplating the crack in the fall
Rock Climbing Photo: nice day on Zig Zag. photo by seth hamel
nice day on Zig Zag. photo by seth hamel
Rock Climbing Photo: jakob finding the locks on Zigzag...
jakob finding the locks on Zigzag...
Rock Climbing Photo: beginning moves
beginning moves
Rock Climbing Photo: thank you crash pad
thank you crash pad
Rock Climbing Photo: just about to top out....loved this boulder proble...
just about to top out....loved this boulder proble...
Rock Climbing Photo: caroline working zig zig. photo by seth hamel
caroline working zig zig. photo by seth hamel
Rock Climbing Photo: Such an aesthetic line...
Such an aesthetic line...
Rock Climbing Photo: warm ups
warm ups
Rock Climbing Photo: Jakob latching the top...
Jakob latching the top...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kayla sinking the first lock on one of Rumney's be...
Kayla sinking the first lock on one of Rumney's be...
Rock Climbing Photo: first move
first move
Rock Climbing Photo: This route is just too good.
This route is just too good.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tricky top out
Tricky top out
Rock Climbing Photo: Zig Zag
Zig Zag
Rock Climbing Photo: Mr. Mijal stylin' it.
Mr. Mijal stylin' it.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kayte Knower focused on Zig Zag Crack.
Kayte Knower focused on Zig Zag Crack.

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Feb 21, 2007

I've bouldered a lot from sea to shining sea and this one is on of the best climbs at the grade I've done....
I love to just run laps on it, and I always want to do just one more....
By Alan Emery
From: Lebanon, NH
May 15, 2007

It certainly is a nice problem, but you need to have enough pads to cover the boulder just underneath the top-out. I had done this problem a few times and was cooling down at the end of a nice fall day of climbing when I peeled from the top and ended up breaking my ankle. Ensure you have enough pads and that your spotter is positioned correctly.
By Ladd
Nov 15, 2007
rating: V1+ 5

There is a bolt on the top of this climb.
By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Mar 3, 2008

do you think i would be laughed at if i placed pro on it?
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Mar 4, 2008

Naw Mike. If it was just a bit taller, everyone would place pro on it. I'd say that with a couple pieces, this would be a classic, if a bit short, 10a crack. Go for it. I won't laugh.
By seth hamel
Mar 8, 2008

My favorite problem.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Dec 19, 2008
rating: V1 5

Yes this is the best boulder problem at the grade I have ever seen, and the fall form the top is pretty scary but with a good spotter and good pad placements you will never want to get off this problem.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Mar 15, 2009
rating: V1 5

been on this problem a lot lately and i have come to realize that if i die and go to heaven i hope heaven consists of this problem going on for eternity

and mike as for placing pro on it, i believe nobody should laugh for a few reasons

1. why not place pro it a good way to practice placing pro
2. placing pro is fun
3. if the height makes you nervous, go ahead place pro, this way you get to enjoy the best V1 problem i have ever encountered

o yeah and the bolt ladd described earlier is now gone... but i also never remember seeing it
By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Mar 15, 2009

sweet! thanks matt! im deff gonna get on this one and the pound crack with some gear :)
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Mar 16, 2009
rating: V1 5

do it man they are sweet routes
By climberKJ
From: Holderness, NH
Sep 20, 2009

bolt is still there.
By Sam Owens
From: Durham, New Hampshire
May 22, 2012

Me climbing Zig Zag crack, my feet got messed up and I almost barn-doored at the top!! such an amazing climb!!!
By Russell Cohen
From: Redwood City, California
Apr 16, 2013
rating: V1 5

The top out is a bit sketchy -- not too many holds to work with. Stay cool and it will be fine.
By Jay Morse
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Oct 12, 2013

This problem is really great! If you aren't really solid at the grade you may want to place a few pieces or utilize the bolt up top and set a top rope, since a couple of the hardest moves are pretty high up (one of which has very poor feet!). You could also clip a double length runner to the bolt and have it hanging there as something for someone to grab if they freak out at the top out.

If you are solid at the grade, have a pad and a spotter and go for it!
By caesar.salad
From: earth
Jul 10, 2014
rating: V1+ 5

mantled the end sans feet screaming like a banshee. FEEL ALIVE
By Nick Grant
From: Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Oct 22, 2014
rating: V1 5

Ultra-classic. Compared to other moderate routes, perhaps the best fifteen feet in New Hampshire. It's the Reppy's of boulder problems.
By Dankasaurus
From: Lyons, CO
Aug 3, 2015

Haha, truly the Reppy's of Boulder problems, this one really does make you feel good inside. Fun, sustained, tricky top out, bullet stone.
By Graham O.
Aug 10, 2016

Absurdly fun... Can't stop myself from running laps on this one
By Russ Keane
Jul 16, 2017

I agree with everyone above. This is so classic, it vibrates with energy when you step up to it. Amazing finger locks. Unbelievable movement. I stood tall at the top-out move for several minutes, shifting, pondering... I was by myself... It's a very thought-provoking top-out but you have no choice!! Be brave and make the move. So incredible!!!!

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