This is an interesting collection of craglets of puddingstone rock (dark conglomerate) that lie WSW of Boston, near the Chestnut Hill shopping center. Climbing here dates back to the early 1900s. There are about 14 crags here. The 2 northernmost lie on private property are probably should not be listed unless ownership changes. The rest seem to be on what was once Metropolitan District Commission property and now is part of the Department of Conservation and Preservation. Some excellent bouldering lies here at the Alcove.
In the old days, folks bouldered here without pads. As a result, at least one well-known climber wound up with a broken back. Watch the landings if you are ropeless.
Drive West on Route 9 to Hammond Pond Parkway. Go north. 7 of the 14 crags lie east between Hammond Pond Parkway and Hammond Pond. 5 of the 14 crags lie SW of the intersection of Beacon St & Hammond Pond Parkway. 2 of the 14 crags lie just north of the temple along Hammond Pond Parkway. Do not park at the temple!
Start back in the cave on fantastic juggy underclings with decent feet on the wall. Power out of the cave using roof beta to a hard cross move on the small arete feature. Once gaining the seam, traverse left to a very tricky mantle topout for the grade. Thank goodness it isn't highball!Starting further back in the cave may add a grade. This is a super classic climb that is totally uncharacteristic for Hammond Pond and a very worthy tick for being so close to Boston. Any visit to the Temple Overh...[more]Browse More Classics in MA
This map made it very easy to see that the routes were close to Macy's. I am from NH and have looked once in the area. Today I found the alcove. Very good place to climb. Fun but had to retreat without the pad. Very interested rock. Unlike the cliffs of Cathedral and surrounding NH cliffs.
Not sure if this is the appropriate place to post, but I left my glasses at the Lower Walls or Vittles Wall on Weds, August 8. If anyone finds them, please notify me. The frames are black with blue on the inside. Thank you so much!
Unless someone else wants to do it, would anyone object to me creating a separate area for the Cave and surrounding problems just N of Pusherman wall? Got the send out of the cave with a friend the other day and I feel it is a quality enough problem (3-4 stars, V4-V5) to deserve a writeup.
By Old Timer Administrator From: North Andover MA May 8, 2013
Hi Benjamin, That sounds good..... just "add an area" under Hammond Pond and you should be all set.