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By jake 356
From worcester
Nov 3, 2012

How busy is Hammond pond on a Saturday afternoon?? Worth the trip from Worcester I'm looking to do some of the 5.7 ish crack climbs in Boston rocks


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By S. Neoh
Nov 3, 2012

IMO, those climbs at Hammond are not worth the drive from Worcester to climb on, if that is your sole purpose of coming into Newton. HP is better for bouldering than roped climbing.
Have you done the moderates at Crow Hill (Princeton State Park)? I imagine CH will be pretty busy today, however.


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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Nov 3, 2012

Yup...not worth the drive. It is rock climbing in a shopping mall. The routes are polished slick. Crow Hill is much better. Or go west to western MA crags.


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By GMBurns
Nov 3, 2012
Climbing at Morro Anhangava in Southern Brasil. <br /> <br />(photo by Isa Vellozo)

College Rock may be more your thing, too, if you can't get to Crow Hill or that place that shall not be named in the western part of the state even though everyone freaking knows about it.


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By jake 356
From worcester
Nov 3, 2012

Thanks a lot. Yes I've been to crow hill many many times I usually rope solo there week day afternoons when I don't have a partner


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By S. Neoh
Nov 3, 2012

College Rock is not bad but there are not many quality lines below 5.9.
Farley is great (there, I said it :)) but I have yet to find quality lines below 5.9 or so in difficulty. But, then again, I hardly know the place so I could very well be wrong.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Nov 4, 2012

Rose ledge.. or maybe some of the southern NH areas... Marlowe has some good routes including some nice moderates.


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By GMBurns
Nov 4, 2012
Climbing at Morro Anhangava in Southern Brasil. <br /> <br />(photo by Isa Vellozo)

S. Neoh wrote:
College Rock is not bad but there are not many quality lines below 5.9. Farley is great (there, I said it :)) but I have yet to find quality lines below 5.9 or so in difficulty. But, then again, I hardly know the place so I could very well be wrong.


It's A LOT bigger than you think it is.


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By S. Neoh
Nov 4, 2012

Rose Ledge, of course! Good suggestion, John. I should have come up with that. :)


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By jake 356
From worcester
Nov 4, 2012

ive never heard of marlowe yuo wouldnt happen to have gps for the crag would you. rose ledge and farley are on the list of crags to get to. i ended up in the newton area today and stopped by hammond pond not too crowded but all were right deffinatly a better bouldering area.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Nov 5, 2012

Twain's southern NH book seems a bit stalled out. Idon't know the gps, sorry. It's just outside the town of Marlowe though.

If you want bouldering, Milford is 10 minutes from College Rock and is pretty good.


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By GabeO
From Denver, CO
Nov 6, 2012

I'm going to differ with the majority here, and say that if you're coming from Worcester, at only 30 miles to Newton, it's worth the trip if you specifically want a quick afternoon trip to get on easy slab crack climbs that you can either TR or traditionally protect on lead. Particularly if you want something new, and don't want to go to Crow Hill again.

The climbs are around 35 feet, IIRC. About the same as a wall in a gym.

And yes, it will be somewhat busy on a Saturday afternoon, but not so much that you would be unable to work in with others.

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