Nike Base is a small, seldom visited traprock (basalt) crag just south of Pinnacle Rock on the Metacomet Trail. It has a lovely view and is delightfully free of the broken beer bottles that adorn Pinnacle. Most climbs are 40-50 ft. tall. The ratings are old-school and stiff.
Follow the driving and parking directions for Pinnacle Rock. As you head up the jeep trail from the road, continue past the large cement blocks another 100 yards to the top of the hill. Turn right onto the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail and walk 0.4 mile (about 20 minutes) to the top of the crag. Look for the distinctive jutting block on your right about 40 feet off the trail.
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Wreckage 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, TR, 35'
Special Forces 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b PG13 Trad, TR, 60'
Counterforce 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, TR, 50'
Mystery Route 3 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, TR, 50'
Air-to-Ground 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R Trad, TR, 45'
Masked Bandit 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R Trad, TR, 50'
First Strike 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a TR, 50'
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Masked Bandit 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R CT : Central CT : ... : Nike Base
Starts on the right side of a large, cave-like overhang. Make the strenuous overhanging crux moves to pull through a deep, narrow crack in the roof, then follow the crack up the left-facing corner past an obnoxious, multi-trunked tree.The start is reminiscent of Tiptoe at Pinnacle....[more] Browse More Classics in CT
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