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This tiny bouldering area is probably fairly famous among New England climbers. Within this bit of rock are some quality moderates. Donít let the moderate grades fool you. One famous climber broke his back here failing on the top out of a problem here. This is probably the most overhanging rock at Hammond Pond. Here's a nice shot from the MIT photo contest.
This lies next west of Hammond Pond and is west of the Upper Walls. It is probably best to park close to the south side of Hammond Pond. From the parking south of Hammond Pond, take the dirt road and go left at the first fork. Continue to the next fork and near this fork, head almost straight west.
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OJ V-easy 3 Boulder
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Kellogg's 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5 MA : Hammond Pond : Alcove
This is the easier version of the overhang in the Alcove. It involves going up and trusting that ball-like hold. At least the landing isn't as bad as Breakfast of Champions. Fun!Addendum: Some may prefer a V grade, but Sherman's V system didn't exist when I climbed it first. Also, I'm not sure I've ever climbed a V3, yet I climbed this one. I added a V1 grade....[more] Browse More Classics in MA