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Bald Rock Basin

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Bald Rock Basin 


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Location: 41.33936, -73.4071 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Morgan Patterson on Sep 18, 2012
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Description 

Bald Rock is a peak/rock outcropping in the Danbury, CT area. The peak and adjacent basin to the north are loaded with large gneiss boulders and outcroppings. The bedrock on the property is composed of Brookfield Diorite Gneiss, Walloomsmac Schist, and Stockbridge Marble. All of the climbing is on the gniess which is infused with feldspar mega-crystals and contains schist and marble intrusions. The property is public land with legal access and parking. It also happens to be the largest legal bouldering area in the state.

There are also a handful of short 30-50 ft routes detailed here:

Bald Rock Basin Routes



RULES:
1. Pull straight in to park so there's room for all cars
2. Do NOT blast your radio on this road or parking lot
3. Drive slowly there are kids in the neighborhood
4. Be respectful and courteous of neighbors
5. Please wave and smile at the police when they drive by patrolling
6. Remember to be safe and have lots of fun... and join the Redding Land Trust and help support this great climbing area.


Getting There 

There's a small parking lot for Bald Rock Basin located at the end of John Todd Way in Redding, CT. The small parking lot (~8 Cars) is owned by the Redding Land Trust (who also own Great Ledge). From the parking lot follow the blue blazed trail North. Continue North and follow signs to Bald Rock. From Bald Rock one can hop over to the backside and continue North into the basin area or continue along the power lines past three poles (on your left)and then follow slight trail left into the woods and down into the basin. Any questions please feel free to PM me. If there are any issues please let me know, I have a relationship with the town of Bethel (owners) and work with the Access Fund as the Regional Coordinator.


193 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bald Rock Basin:
Classic Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 13'   West Side : Warmup Boulder
Fanciful Flight   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   West Side : Colossus Boulder
New Speedway Boogie   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   West Side : King Boulder
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Featured Route For Bald Rock Basin
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Life of Mo V4 6B  CT : CT Bouldering : ... : Pagan Wall
This incredible climb starts on the good finger crack on the overhanging arete. Work your way up the arete, then out to the jug on the face, once established on the jug and a small hold on the Empire Flake, dyno/deadpoint for the lip. Grab the good pocket and work left on the top corner of the overlap. Reach left to the horizontal and a good foot to gain a double undercling mantle move using the overlap. A classic and easily one of the best high ball problems in the state....[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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Enter the Colossus V4-5 R, Colossus Boulder
Enter the Colossus V4-5 R, Colossus Boulder
Five Star Bouldering during Peak Foliage. Mike M. gearing up for a burn at the King Boulder
Five Star Bouldering during Peak Foliage. Mike M. ...
Bald Rock Basin in Peak Foliage
Bald Rock Basin in Peak Foliage
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