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#429 - 06/26/00 04:14 PM Post deleted by wolfstar

#430 - 06/26/00 06:06 PM Re: Climbing Near Boston
ktclimb Offline

Registered: 05/15/00
Posts: 691
Loc: Adirondacks
A good place for beginners is the Quincy Quarries right outside of Boston, off of 93S. It is a small cliff, only 30 or 40 feet, and not intimidating for a new climber. At least I didn't find it so, and I learned to climb there. It has lots of top rope routes easily accessible from the ground. Sorry I can't give better directions. You might also want to purchase Boston Rocks, it lists all the well known crags around the Boston area, with directions to each area as well. Good Luck!!

#431 - 06/26/00 07:33 PM Re: Climbing Near Boston [Re: ktclimb]

FYI, Most of the climbing at the Quarries has been fenced off for body extrication.
Better to try somewhere else.
1.5 hrs gets you to Rose Ledge though which would be a great place to take a beginner.
Christian :?)

#432 - 06/27/00 12:45 AM Re: Climbing Near Boston
Dizzy Offline

Registered: 12/23/99
Posts: 2177
Loc: Berkshires, MA and Ahlington, ...
You should really try to find a copy of Boston Rocks. It's pretty thorough. There are several good places to take beginners such as Hammond Pond in Chestnut Hill, Rattlesnake Rocks in Quincy/Milton, and College Rocks in Hopkinton. There are decent directions to the areas and route descriptions by way of drawings.

Have fun!

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#433 - 06/27/00 04:20 PM Re: Climbing Near Boston

Hammond Pond is fantastic! Great stuff for beginners. There are short, fun routes in the 5.2 - 5.5 range that are great. There's an excellent short 5.8 above the alcove. For the more experienced, the bouldering is awesome. Hard crimpy steep evil deceptive problems, some with dicey landings, tricky footwork problems on rock that's constantly changing angles and steepness, pumpy gorilla problems, etc Plus the people who climb there are generally quite nice and helpful, share ropes, and show new folks around. Also, the rock is a crazy puddingstone that makes things interesting.

For topropes, definitely bring long slings as most of the anchors are pretty far back from the cliff edge.

Plus you can take out Legal Sea Food's chowder for lunch....mmmmmmmmmm...tasty.


#434 - 06/27/00 06:43 PM Re: Climbing Near Boston

I live near Boston. Quincy Quarries is not what it was,
but you can still have fun. Hammond Pond is fine, so is
Denrock if you like gritstone. College Rock is not as
good for beginners, but it's a convenient hunk of granite.
Crow Hill is not what you want, but it's our best leading
crag (pitiful compared to the Gunks). In southern NH,
Pawtuckaway State Park is not to be missed. Vertical
cracks, most of it jamming, great skinrippers. On the
North Shore, I like Red Rocks. If you prefer some
seclusion, try Black & White. All of these are in Boston
Rocks except Pawtuckaway, which has its own guide.


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