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Samp Mortar / Mt. Laurel Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Morgan Patterson on Dec 7, 2011
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BETA PHOTO: The Aboriginal Quartz Quarry


The bouldering here is located across two different town parks, Samp Mortar Rock & Mountain Laurel Park. Folks have been bouldering at the two parks for at least two decades possibly even longer.

Originally, the Samp Mortar was used by aboriginal groups as a quartz quarry, the remnants of which are visible on the walk into the Samp Mortar area. Tucked away below a broken schist cliffband is a pile of 5 or so large blocks. These blocks have a large variety of problems on them ranging from V0-V11/V12, from 1 move wonders to huge High Balls.

Mt. Laurel Park is located on the other end of the cliff band and hosts several great climbs from V0-V10. The landings and problems in this area are not quite as good as the Samp Mortar side but still quite worthy.

The cliff band that connects these two areas is very intriguing with many unique features and probably the largest hueco in Connecticut but offers little in the way of safe climbing as the schist has a high mica content and tends to just crumbles away. There is a very unique 30ft horizontal roof here which may have a route or two on it but it looks as if it one day could collapse (probably won't though). There is a small alcove in between the two areas that has had some development with a nice arete climb, a great moderate HB face climb, and some low ball problems as well as a larger overhanging face of high quality rock with only a few problems.

Getting There 

From the Merritt Parkway:
1. Get off exit 44
2. Travel south on the Black rock Turnpike
3. Take right on Samp Mortar Dr
4. Take your first right onto Springer Rd
5. Follow to the end of the road just before dead end is the park entrance.

From 95:
1. Get off exit 24
2. Travel North on the Black rock Turnpike
3. Take left on Samp Mortar Dr
4. Take your first right onto Springer Rd
5. Follow to the end of the road just before dead end is the park

1. Turn onto Springer Rd and turn left onto Mountain Laurel Rd.
2. Continue straight past a large slab on your right.
3. Proceed 100 yrds further and look for a parking on your right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Samp Mortar / Mt. Laurel

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Samp Mortar / Mt. Laurel:
Crimp line on Main Roof    V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Samp Mortar
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By Chris Nischan
May 10, 2012
As far as the cliff line in between Samp Mortar and Mountain Laurel goes, a few of my friends and I have cleaned, developed, and put up 12-15 routes along the cliff with more being developed as time goes on. Many going on gear with heady leads, while some must be top roped. As of now the grades range from around 5.6-5.10, with possibilities for harder climbs (most likely on TR) We plan on posting topo's at some point. But you can always shoot me a message for more info if youre thinking of giving some of the routes a shot. While some people think the cliffs are sketchy there are some awesome climbs on good rock if you know where to look!
By Chris Nischan
May 13, 2012
Forgot to add the part about how climbing is not allowed on the left side of the cliff band, the side closest to Mountain Laurel. That part of the cliff is not open space and the owners have come out and expressed the fact that they do not want people climbing on their property. We are slowly working on access... But the routes closest to Samp Mortar are open to climb. I have talked to owners on top of the cliff and as long as people are SAFE and RESPECTFUL they have no problems with it.
By Morgan Patterson
Jun 27, 2012
Nice work Chris!!!
By bksell
2 days ago
This place is a gem. It's in the middle of mega-suburbia land, yet it is quiet with some serious bouldering and decent trad/top rope routes. Lots of potential and seemingly something for every skill level. However, it receives a lot of abuse. Plenty of recent graffiti, tons of trash, and general destruction. I had to retrieve from a tree a very heavy steel lid to the only garbage can in Samp Mortar. Down the trail, there was more trash in the trees. Never had to climb trees to remove trash prior to this. Seems to be a popular party spot for local teenagers, which is fine, but they have created a huge mess. I'd like to see the place stay open to climbing. So, if you come, then please bring a garbage bag and help pack some trash out.
By Morgan Patterson
1 day ago
Have folks been doing more routes these days in this area? Are there enough that we should create a route section?
By bksell
22 hours ago
I don't know if it is necessary to do a routes section. Everything that I've seen, with the exception of the bouldering, doesn't look like it gets any action. The lack of clean routes is fine by me and adds to the appeal. Climbing the wall seems to require keeping a low profile so as not agitate the natives.

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