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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:00p on 03/23/19 - Temperature: 29.7 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 20.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.462 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 55 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
Climbing Area Index / Crag Y / AARP Challenge (5.8)
Directions:  This climb follows a crack system descending just right of CENTURION's V-groove.
Description: Like other full-length routes on the Sunkist Wall, AARP CHALLENGE has a personality change in midlife.
    Pitch 1: Start atop a small blocky pillar toward the left side of the main Sunkist Wall. A few feet higher, a fixed knifeblade protects awkward moves up left and over a roof. The clean face just above the roof is climbed at a very thin vertical crack that soon fades away. At a horizontal crack, move back right into a shallow jam crack that leads through another roof, and on up to a sloping ledge at the base of the V-groove (CENTURION) halfway up. Step right and climb a thin crack just right of the V-groove for about 20 feet, until the two crack systems merge. Continue more easily up the main crack to the top. 120', 5.9+

Gear: Standard Rack
Descent: rap the route
History:  July 16,1987 - This pitch was first led by card-carrying senior citizen George Hurley, accompanied by Larry Hamilton

 

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