Rock Climbing: Pawtuckaway State Park
Trad and Top-rope Options....
Located in Nottingham, NH, Pawtuckaway State Park is the southernmost of the major climbing destinations in the state. Hundreds of glacial erratic boulders line the forests while the assorted and scattered crags stay mostly out of sight. The three small mountains of Pawtuckaway are the remains of a ring dike formed by an extinct volcano and the rock is a smooth but fully textured granite of a different quality than the climbing elsewhere in this so-called Granite State. While the park is known primarily for its bouldering, which happens to be some of the best in the country, crack climbs of exceptional quality abound on the numerous crags alongside slabs and difficult face climbs. Between boulder problems and routes there are nearly a thousand climbs to be enjoyed, put up over the years by the likes of Dave Graham, Tim Kemple, Rio Rose, Brett Meyers, John Sierois, Dean Potter, Charlie Bentley, and dedicated crews from UNH. In short, there’s plenty here for everyone. Grab a pad or a rack and come hone your skills before you unleash them on the world, or for those of you who aren't local this is a great place to take a road trip to. As with all New Hampshire crags, it is best in Autumn but fun always.
Trad and Top Roping: The Lower Slabs, Upper Cliff, Devils Den and more offer great trad climbing, although you wouldn't know it on a busy day 'cause all you can see are top ropes. The Upper Cliff and Lower Slabs are very popular for summer camps and family top roping outings, so venture out to one of the other crags if things are taken. A 5-10 minute walk will get you to either the Lower Cliff, the Dome, or the Ridgeline/Small Walls. The trad climbing here is short but sweet, 50 feet on average, though Devil's Den offers longer pitches as well as a few multipitch climbs (and fewer crowds). Crack Master Dean Potter learned much of his crack climbing skill jamming the perfect cracks of P-way and so could you.
Sport Climbing: There are a few bolted sport routes in Devil's Den, the Microwave Area, and at the Yellow Dog Wall with difficulties ranging from 5.6 to 5.13. The age and quality of the bolts are questionable, some are brand new, some are decades old, so be wary.
As always the size of the meetup is based on how many people the area can handle & the number of lead climbers who RSVP for the Meetup....!
For each lead climber we need one experienced belayer and then one newbie climber/Follower.
Its always the understanding that the "Newbie/Follower" as at a minimum has climbed indoors and has knowledge of the climbing knots and all the gear required & that the Belayer is willing to show that Newbie the how too clean gear and climb past challenges on the route. Both the leader and the Belayer assist the Newbie/Follower and keep a eye out for their lack of knowledge.
Sign up... First to RSVP is the first to fill a opening based on experience needed.
The Team's Link:
Defined teams for this location are not needed. All climbs are only one pitch off ground and if needed overflow non-lead climbers can be set up with top ropes.
On top of Bug Spray!!! You must have a helmet to climb.
Bring Rope if you have one....
1 Lead Climber w/Full rock rack or materials to set up top-rope.
Belayer and Follower should at a minimum have the basics. If you don't have any of the basic's it could mean you will not be able to join in on this Meetup.
Look to the gear list listed at our group page.
Click "Gear List - Rock Climbing (Follower)"
We will be planning on meeting at (Dunkin Donuts) listed above and then drive the additional 15 minutes into the park... First timers will get lost!!!!! There is no sign's for the road nor being able to seeing the cliffs from the road.
Take Route 101 east to Exit 5 and follow signs to Pawtuckaway State Park.
Take Route 101 west to Exit 5 and follow signs to Pawtuckaway State Park.
Concord, NH (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Boston, MA (1 ½ hours)
Providence, RI (2 ½ hours)
Hartford, CT (3 hours)
New York, NY (5 hours)
Portland, ME (1 hr, 40 minutes)
Burlington, VT (3 1/2 hours)
(thanks to http://www.nhparks.state.nh.us/ParksPages/Pawtuckaway/PawtckDrct.html)
The Classics at Lower Cliff: many other areas to choose from...
The Dike 5.8
The Roof 5.7
The Slab's Overhang 5.7
Seaver's Folly 5.6
Pete's Tree 5.4
Waiver: Read !!!
Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.
Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!
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It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….
That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.