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Three Birches

Three Birches


Page Type: Route

Location: New Hampshire, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.06000°N / 71.17°W

Object Title: Three Birches

Route Type: technical rock climb

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: 5.8+

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Page By: AlexeyD

Created/Edited: Jul 25, 2005 / Jul 25, 2005

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take the trail marked "lower left wall" - the first of the approach trails to Cathedral Ledge as you drive along the access road. It's just past the 2 outhouses on the left side. Walk along the trail for about 5 minutes; Three Birches is the first route that you'll see when you reach the base of the cliff - an obvious right-trending undercling flake.

Route Description

Pitch 1: follow the undercling flake right (often wet, making it much harder) until it ends, then step up onto a small ledge. Follow another crack, trending back left, until you reach a small tree with some slings around it.

Pitch 2: Follow an obvious crack system straight up, past a large tree on the left (more slings). From the tree, climb a layback crack-flake until you reach a small overlap; step left and climb over this (crux - tricky move). Belay above at a tree on the right. Do not be tempted to continue up the lichen-covered slabs to the top of the ledge - the rope drag will be terrible and the belays incovenient.

Descend by making 2 rappels from the tree.

Essential Gear

nuts, cams to 2 1/2 inches. Extended slings useful as there are many turns. Double ropes can be helpful.

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