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Cathole Mountain

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Cathole Mountain 

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Cathole Crag


Cathole is a small but worthwhile crag right near the road located just behind the Meriden Mall area. It is easily seen from the road driving north on route 71 from the mall. See for access details.

From Jim O'Brien:
This area is one of the easiest access with all levels of climbs. The money is at the right end of the crag. You WILL cook on these west facing climbs in the summer. But well worth the pain. The approach is steep through a block field, easiest access to the top is on the right end up the VERY loose, steep gully- step through the passage near Golden Book. Anchors at the top are typical of the area, set back well from the edge there are a few sparse trees to tie into. Be mindful of loose blocks and sharp edges.

Getting There 

Park under the crag and walk about 3 minutes up to the base. Descend the gully on the right.

Climbing Season

24 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathole Mountain:
Golden Book   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 70'   
Pegasus   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 70'   
Arrowhead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Saturday Night Special   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Realm of the Senses   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
White Fandango   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Cat-o-Nine-Tails   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Mind Bender Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Millions of Dead Dogs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Jaguar   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Imperial Wizard   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Looking up Pegasus

Pegasus 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CT : Central CT : Cathole Mountain
Pegasus is the obvious dihedral in the face of the crag. A roof caps the dihedral near the summit....[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

Photos of Cathole Mountain Slideshow Add Photo
Looking to Washington's Head - Cathole from the parking area.
BETA PHOTO: Looking to Washington's Head - Cathole from the pa...
The view from Fantasmigoria looking SW.
The view from Fantasmigoria looking SW.
Chloe waiting to see if I'm coming through the gap. This is the way to the top adjacent Golden Book.
Chloe waiting to see if I'm coming through the gap...
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By Jim O'Brien
From: Branford, CT
Jan 18, 2008

I was sent out on a recon mission by Ladd; please let me know if I have confused myself with describing the photos. There are more climbs of questionable quality, be mindful of loose rock, it's Connecticut!
Right On! JimO

By Ladd Raine
From: Plymouth, NH
Jan 18, 2008

Thanks for the photos Jimo.

By Devin Krevetski
From: West Woodstock, VT
Sep 16, 2010

I feel like this crag gets a lot of traffic, not so much due to the quality of the climbing, but more the proximity to the road, but pegasus is definitely worth a visit.

By Kurtz
Jul 13, 2012

Loose rock everywhere. I put my helmet on in the car.