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Hitting the jug at the Alcove.


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.

L->R (from the old days - a new list is in the making...):
A. OJ aka Scrambled, 5
B. Over Easy, 8 or V2
C. Overalls, 9
D. Hammond Eggs, 12 or V3
E1. Traverse Left, 6
E2. Breakfast of Champions, 11 (now called V3)
F1. Snap, 10
F2. Crack, 9
G1. Kellogís, 10
G2. variation, 10
H1. Pop Left, 8+
H2. Pop, 8+
High Traverse, 8+
Low Traverse, 11+

Right Wall
I. traverse, 7 or 10
J. left, 7
K. middle, 4
L. right, 8

Upper Entrance Wall
A. left 9
B. left center, 9
C. right center, 8+
D. right, 8+

Beached Whale Boulder
A. Mantle, 8

Beached Whale V6/7 upper left photo

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 

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.

Updated List of Problems 

The above list has been described as outdated.

Hence, Chris will edit in an updated list here.

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Alcove:
OJ   V-easy 3     Boulder   
Warm Up Traverse   V-easy 3     Boulder   
Hammond Eggs   V3 6A     Boulder   
Kellogg's   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5     Trad, TR, Boulder, 1 pitch   
Breakfast of Champions   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 12'   
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Climbing the High Traverse.

Low Traverse V5 6C  MA : Hammond Pond : Alcove
This is called either low or high traverse, not sure which. Start sitting on the right end of the main wall at the Alcove. Climb up and traverse left on crimps and slopers with a nice foot ledge most of the way. Keep traversing passed Kellog's and finish on Breakfast of Champions... You can continue traversing further for a ton of other linkups....[more]   Browse More Classics in MA

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The Alcove, Hammond Pond.  Pad is below Over Easy (V2 in New England Bouldering).
The Alcove, Hammond Pond. Pad is below Over Easy ...
Entering the Alcove, Hammond Pond.
Entering the Alcove, Hammond Pond.
Beached Whale.
Beached Whale.
OJ. Starts at my crash pad and tops out at the crack.
BETA PHOTO: OJ. Starts at my crash pad and tops out at the cra...
Right wall of the Alcove on a rainy day.
Right wall of the Alcove on a rainy day.
Reedo working the Traverse on a cold night in October.
Reedo working the Traverse on a cold night in Octo...
Heading for the topout.
Heading for the topout.
Alex cruising a problem at the Alcove.
Alex cruising a problem at the Alcove.
The Alcove at Hammond Pond. December 2006.
The Alcove at Hammond Pond. December 2006.
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