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Hammond Pond

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Hammond Pond  

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Elevation: 20'
Location: 42.3228, -71.1726 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jan 14, 2007
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Setting up for a fun dyno in the Alcove area.


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.

Getting There 

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!

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

46 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hammond Pond:
OJ   V-easy 3     Boulder   Alcove
Reefer Madness   V2-3 5+     Boulder   Temple Overhangs
Hammond Eggs   V3 6A     Boulder   Alcove
Hermit's Cave   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 8'   Pusherman Wall
Stoned Highway   V4 6B     Boulder   Alcove Entrance Boulder
Beached Whale   V6 7A     Boulder   Beached Whale Boulder
Cracker Jack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Lower Walls
Hidden Magic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Lower Walls
Kellogg's   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5     Trad, TR, Boulder, 1 pitch   Alcove
Breakfast of Champions   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 12'   Alcove
Hepatitus   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Pusherman Wall
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Featured Route For Hammond Pond
Coming out of the cave.

Hermit's Cave V3-4 6A+  MA : Hammond Pond : Pusherman Wall
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 gives us in Boston a little taste of roof climbing, and is totally uncharacteristic for Hammond Pond and a very worthy tick for...[more]   Browse More Classics in MA

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Alex at the Alcove, Hammond Pond.
Alex at the Alcove, Hammond Pond.
The parking lot at Hammond Pond in December 2006. ...
The parking lot at Hammond Pond in December 2006. ...

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By Staal
Apr 18, 2007
Hi all,
Google maps now allows the creation of custom maps with markers/text and lines. I used this to create a map of some of the Hammond Pond bouldering spots:

By cstorms
From: North Bend, OR
Sep 13, 2010
Staal, this map is great! Thank you for throwing this together....

People always say not to park in the temple parking lot for the Pusherman Wall, can anyone tell me where I should park to get to those boulders??? Thanks for any help.
By Lincoln
Nov 2, 2010
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.
By Colleen Z
From: Sutton, MA
Aug 10, 2012
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!

By B-Mkll
From: Bozeman, MT
May 8, 2013
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
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.

Old Timer
By Nicholas Holsapple
Nov 9, 2014
Hey everyone,

I am going to check out this area. Are there are open projects?

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