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The Northeast: Rumney
Harrison Shull / Aurora / Alamy4/35

The Northeast: Rumney

A cluster of small, mountainside cliffs on the southwestern edge of the White River National Forest, Rumney is the best sport crag in New England. The fine-grained schist walls are rarely vertical, never straightforward, and always look like they’ve been crumpled by a giant and left to melt in the sun. The route and rock quality are excellent throughout the grade spectrum, and each cliff system is unique. “Rumney is the most coveted sport climbing area in the Northeast,” Hunter says. “It’s not as steep as Rifle in Colorado, but both have a high concentration of tough routes. A lot of great climbers have projects at Rumney.”

Closest Town: Rumney, New Hampshire
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.14
Notable Routes: 723
Classics: Junco (5.8+), Lonesome Dove (5.10a), Waimea (5.10d), Flying Hawaiian (5.11b), Technosurfing (5.12b), Predator (5.13b)
When to Visit: April-October

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