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Kinsman Notch
« on: July 20, 2010, 11:34:38 PM »
Mark Sprague inquired about Kinsman Notch in the "Rock band visible from I-89N, west of Grantham, NH" thread in the general climbing section.

Vital statistics to date since 1995: four distinct areas, 26 adjoining to individual cliffs, and approximately 203 routes and counting.  98% of routes established ground up.
Grades from 5.0 to possibly 5.13 (to date).  Established climbing heard paths.  Climbs from 35' to 300'.  Mica schist to the west and granite to the east.  Areas to the Easton side and areas to the North Woodstock side.  Full on sports routes to wonderful trad lines and areas. Girdle traverses (my favorite specialty!). Good swimming on hot days. Good early and late season rock climbing. A spattering of ice climbs.  Great place to escape hot days: east side shade a.m and west side shade p.m. Ten minute to half hour walks to most areas (average 20 minutes).  Hard core climbers can climb in close proximity to moderate climbers. Cracks, off-widths, face, slabs, overhangs.  Totally esthetic and pleasant craging.

As Slink says, "follow your instincts."  Once you find a trail follow it to a pot of gold.  These areas will be in the guide book that Sykes and I are in the process of crafting.  Give us two years from now- tough task when we need to earn a living and we continue to create more work by putting up new routes and establishing new areas!  This book will cover Crawford, Zealand, Franconia, Kinsman, Olivarian Notches...possibly Evans.  Old and new areas.

This is all we will offer as information until the book is out unless you run into us up on the hill.  Go exploring.
I leave you with this video link of Timmy D. doing the second free ascent of the Stinger 5.11c/5.12a (FFA Jon Sykes) on the Stinger Wall, Wild Ammonusuc Crags, Kinsman Notch, NH.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaqNrIvmaAc  Jon Sykes narrating.
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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 12:00:29 AM »
Oh, by the way, bring a wire brush!
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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 02:03:38 AM »
Thanks, Jamie. Wow, 200+ routes! I'm going to have to check it out and looking forward to the book.
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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 09:36:17 AM »
Jamie- there is nothing more frightening then when Sycho says- "weird stuff" !!!!!

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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 09:50:19 AM »
He doesn't get out much in the world!
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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 08:02:16 AM »
 Mark sent you a PM
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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 11:31:22 AM »
Jamie- there is nothing more frightening then when Sycho says- "weird stuff" !!!!!

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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 11:54:57 AM »
Got it , Jim. Thanks so much for the info.  I'm going to try to get up there soon on a non climbing day and take a hike around to check the cliffs out
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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 07:01:18 PM »
don't be PUSS Mark- It's barely a walk  ;) You know where you need to go

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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2011, 01:39:58 PM »
Kinsman Crackheads, 5.10. Video of the 1st (Jon Sykes) and 3rd (Jamie Cunningham) ascents.  On the first ascent the climb was R rated at the top. By the time of the third ascent the top had been scrubbed and bolts placed on lead

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Re: Kinsman Notch
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2011, 08:38:30 PM »
Nice video Jamie, Jon, Mike.    The area looks familiar; I think Slink I met you guys up there one day last summer.   Very cool area, thanks!