Restore Rumney

Rumney Rocks in central New Hampshire is home to an amazing concentration of world-class climbing that spans 38 cliffs. Rumney has become an increasingly popular destination for climbers from the Northeast and across the country. This expanding use has led to soil erosion, deteriorating infrastructure, and unsafe climbing conditions in the area. Read more about the issues here: Rumney at Risk—Impacts Reach Tipping Point.

The Restore Rumney Initiative will address these impact issues, and Access Fund is shovel-ready. But this project needs $155,000 to cover two seasons of professional trail crews and supplies. We need climbers' help to fund this critical stewardship need.

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Please make a donation today to help fund critical stewardship at Rumney Rocks, before it's too late.
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Access Fund will be investing significant resources over the next two year to address the stewardship issues at Rumney. The Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team will be working closely with the US Forest Service and the Rumney Climbers' Association on a multi-year initiative to begin restoring trails and staging areas.

Restore Rumney
Stewardship Plan

Year One - 2019

Orange Crush

  • Address severe erosion issues on the trail accessing Orange Crush and the slab used to access routes from Crusher to Orangahang.
    • Reroute portions of the existing trail and install retaining walls to stabilize the steep slope that the trail traverses.
    • Construct a section of stairs to reduce erosion concerns along steep sections of the trail.
  • Construct and install a metal ladder system to replace existing wooden ladder, extending it to the top of the slab between the routes Crusher and Orangahang.

Meadows Crag

  • Construct a tiered system of walls to stabilize the staging areas on the left side of the crag.
  • Construct a set of stairs to stop gullying of the trail leading to the right side of the crag.

Parking Lot Wall

  • Construct a set of stairs on the trail leading between Parking Lot Wall and Meadows Crag to mitigate growing erosion.
  • Rehabilitate and install structures to deter the use of redundant trails so that vegetation can recover

Year Two - 2020

5.8 Crag

  • Remove the failing retaining structure, rebuilding it in order to stabilize the staging area and preserve trees and vegetation.

Main Wall

  • Stabilize the Far Right Side staging area and construct a passing trail.
  • Install control structures and visual cues to stabilize and contain the expanding impacts at Center Area.
  • Conduct root conservation on shade trees to prevent erosion.
  • Men in White Suits Area:
    • Construct an express trail that separates belays from passing traffic.
    • Construct a stone retaining wall and staircase for belay platforms to contain impacts.

Trail System

  • Create and install trail signage across the mountain to assist with navigation and limit the establishment of redundant trails.
  • Construct check dams, check steps, and stairs to address erosion issues.

Make a Donation Today

Access Fund is shovel-ready, but we need the community's help to fund this critical restoration effort.

What's Wrong With This Picture?

This is a photo from the Meadows at Rumney. Climbers often see slopes like this and think they are perfectly normal, but this is a sign of big trouble. The drastically exposed tree roots show what happens when foot traffic denudes ground cover. (The vegetated slope to the left is a good example of what it once looked like.) Once the ground cover is destroyed, there is nothing left to hold topsoil in place, and over time it gets washed away. Eventually, those tree roots will be unable to hold the remaining soil in place, and they will die as well. The tree will die, eliminating shade for climbers, and the slope will continue to erode without the stabilizing properties of the tree. With that slope eroded and unstable, climbers will find another way up and broaden the impact even more. This pattern will continue to repeat itself as people avoid the gullies and walk to the side.

Local Media

Rumney's famous rocks hang on, but climbers worry (The Laconia Daily Sun)