2015 Cliff Closures










Connector Trail Construction: November

Update: Closure date extended

The weather has effected the blasting phase of the project.  The closure has been extended to November 28th.  Currently, Rumney will be open to the public on Saturday the 22nd, Sunday the 23rd, and Thanksgiving Day.


Connector Trail Update:
Next week’s construction schedule

The Forest Service is closing National Forest lands in the Rumney climbing area during the blasting phase of the trail project as they feel this will best provide for public safety. The period of closure is currently listed as November 17-19th.

On Monday, November 17th and Tuesday, November 18th lane closures on Buffalo Road will continue to take place. Staying clear of all lower crags while they’re hammering away at the rock is advised. The Forest Service is concerned that additional rock fall may occur at certain crags during the blasting event and that is why Rumney will be closed. A handful of crags are on private land, but it’s heavily advised to avoid all areas until the blasting period is over. The parking lots will be closed and will not be accessible during the closure.  Here is a new link to alerts and notices regarding the closure:http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whitemountain/alerts-notices/…


Connector Trail Construction: October

10.14.14   FYI: Connector Trail Info-   Further tree removal will be occurring this week.  Anticipate possible lane closures while trees are being felled.   There will likely be a safety zone around the cutting area and the Forest Service advises that pedestrians try and make eye contact with one of the contractors before crossing through any area under active construction so they are aware of your presence and can guide or warn the operators as needed.  Initial work will be start from the  main parking Lot end of the trail and they will progress towards the small lot.


Construction has begun by the Forest Service on the parking lot connector trail and when completed will address the issue of foot traffic on Buffalo Road.   This is a three phase project including:1). Tree removal; 2).  Mechanical removal of rock; 3). and blasting of rock which will likely occur after October 20th. All work will be performed during weekdays and every effort will be made to minimize the impact on climbers. During this time please consider car pooling.  Please check back for more updates regarding the project as well as for short term parking lot closures.

If you have specific project questions you can contact:

Justin Preisendorfer, Recreation Manager at 603-536-6105.


Falcon Closure Update: 4.28.14

The falcons are here! Summit Cliff, The Monolith, and The Asylum are currently closed. Main Cliff is currently still open, but that could change. Please pay attention to the postings at the kiosks when embarking on your climbing adventures.



Images from Yank The Mank 2013: Waimea

Contact yankthemank@climbrumney.com to retrieve gear.




Reel Rock will be shown at the Flying Monkey on 9.27.13. See you again fall 2014!  Please visit our events page for updates.



The USFS just put out a report for public comment concerning the construction of the trail to connect the two lots as well as a bathroom at the new lot.

Here’s the link:


Dolt and Jolt are UNSAFE to climb on!
A climber was at the Hinterlands on 5/13/13 and has indicated that the climb Jolt lost its anchor unit, and that the upper rock corner has fallen to the ground. It is believed that this happened over the weekend with the heavy rains. The tree and roots are still up there. It is currently not a solid area, and should be avoided until further notice as there is potential for further rockfall. Please share this notice. Thank you! —
Update:  HInterlands area is unsafe to climb near until further notice.
UPDATE:  RUMNEY Volunteers Needed!

6/22/13 and 6/23/13 will be community volunteer trail improvement days

BBQ Saturday, June 22nd @ 5:30PM

Saturday, June 22nd volunteer blocks 9-12:30PM and 1:30-5:30PM AND

Sunday, June 23rd volunteer blocks 9-12:30PM and 1:30-4:30PM.

Don’t miss out on winning free schwag at the BBQ!

*Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own lunch and water

Steps to volunteer: 1.) Meet at the small lot at least a few minutes prior to your preferred time which will be a start time of either 9AM or 1:30 PM  on both Saturday and Sunday; 2.) Sign a volunteer release (required); 3.) We’ll talk about project safety and discuss why we’re doing the work and 4). Then we’ll get something done!  We are asking you to commit to 3.5 hours of volunteer time and if you want to stay longer we can only say THANK YOU!  Please bring your own water, lunch, and also please bring your own work gloves!
NEWS:  Parking. Spread the word on this user issue!
Please do not ever park on Buffalo Road.   You will be ticketed or worse towed.  Additionally, the small lot has a specific number of parking spaces.  Please do not park in a space that isn’t a designated parking space.   The big lot is a two minute walk to the main access trail.  As outdoor enthusiasts we should be considerate of the limited number of parking spaces that Rumney has to offer.  If the parking lots are full you can park up the road at the Rumney public library.   You can also car pool.  THANK YOU!
A message from Chris Martin, Senior Biologist
Conservation Department, New Hampshire Audubon:
On 8 July 2012, with John Joline leading the way on the rappel, we recovered 3 long-abandoned peregrine eggs from the huge birch tree ledge on the upper portion of the Main Cliff. It is unclear exactly how long these eggs were there, but I can tell you this location is not the ledge they were incubating on in late March prior to a heavy rain event that forced an earlier abandonment. NH Audubon observers thought that they had moved to Summit Cliff to try a second clutch, but perhaps our observations were somehow off-base. If our observations were correct, this group of 3 eggs represents a third clutch, which would be highly unusual. In any case, we kept a seasonal closure in place at Main Cliff until early July, at which time it was obvious from the birds’ behavior that they were not incubating eggs or feeding young at any cliff at Rumney. These eggs will go to the US Fish & Wildlife Service where they will be archived for future analysis. To read a brief summary of what can be learned from examining and testing these eggs, click on the following link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es8010749
Hoping the falcons have a more productive year in 2013.
Thanks to all recreationists for continuing to spread the word about the importance of respecting the seasonal closures at Rumney and other peregrine sites throughout New England.-Chris Martin, Senior Biologist
Conservation Department, New Hampshire Audubon

Free Coffee
Join the Rumney Climbers Association, the U.S.
Forest Service, the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund on July 21, August 18, and September 8 for Rumney Rocks’ Coffee with a Ranger. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. representatives from the four organizations will be staffing a table at the main parking lot below the Meadows. Come visit for a free cup of coffee and informal discussion about the area’s management. You’ll find answers to common questions such as who owns the crags, what conservation projects areproposed for the area, and how you can give back.
Coffee will be flowing until 11 a.m. or until the supply
runs dry whichever occurs first. We’ll see you there!
Free Coffee
Traditionally, on the second Saturday in August, residents, friends and family have come together to celebrate Rumney.  
Be a part of the tradition  
August 11, 2012
All day long, for all ages  
5K Fun Run  
Community & Kids Parade  
Pie Judging Contest  
Kids games  
Activities & Entertainment  
In the evening:  
Frying Pan Toss  
FREE Ice Cream Social  
DONATIONS ~ Kathy Grabiek 548-6808  
Rumney Old Home Day Committee is a group of volunteers meeting  
to organize and plan these events.  
Join us.  There is always a need for more volunteers.  
The Rumney Common is located on Main Street  
The Rumney Russell School is located on School Street  



As of Fri 6/8/2012, ALL temporary route closures for peregrine nesting at
Rumney Rocks have been removed as a result of confirmation of nesting
failure this season.  All posted closure signs at Rumney Rocks have been
removed.  Climbers and others at Rumney Rock will certainly see and hear the falcons throughout the rest of the summer, but since there are no eggs or young to protect, there is no need to maintain a closure.

RCA Meeting Tonight!

Meet at the Common Cafe & Antiques in Rumney at 6PM.  If your interested in eating at the cafe it is cash only!  -Rose


Peregrine Closures

Our friends over at the New Hampshire Audubon Society have confirmed that peregrines are back to incubating at Main Cliff.  Starting on 3/22/2012, temporary closure signs will be posted and climbing will be prohibited at the Iron Man and White Toad walls.  There are no plans to close Summit Cliff at this time.

Additional News

Posted on 

FYI: Rumney portalets will be delivered to the small lot this 3/30/12, Friday at 9am. We are getting a handicap and a standard portalet.

RCA T-Shirts and stickers are expected to become available in 2012!