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Elevation: 350'
Location: 41.55965, -72.81109 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Kurtz on Aug 29, 2014
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BETA PHOTO: Overview of Cathole


Cathole is a small but worthwhile traprock (basalt) crag located just north of the Meriden Mall. Cathole is popular because it offer routes at all levels of difficulty and the approach is very short.

While there are some excellent leads, most routes are top roped. There is no fixed hardware so always try to build a gear anchor before using long static rope/webbing to reach trees that are well back from the cliff edge. Watch for sharp edges.

Cathole is notorious for loose rock so wear a helmet at all times.

Road traffic can be quite heavy and the resulting noise makes it very difficult to communicate. Plan accordingly.

The Main Walls area contains 99% of the climbing. The Southern Wall has only a handful of routes.

See Ragged Mountain Foundation for access details.

Getting There 

Drive 0.4 miles north from the junction of Rt. 71 (Chamberlain Highway) and Kensington Ave. in Meriden, CT. Hop the curb and park alongside the road on the right (east side).

If travelling south on Rt. 71, it's best to spot the parking area on your left as you pass, then continue 100 yards further and turn around in the large gated driveway on your left.

The approach trail starts at the north (uphill) end of the parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathole Mountain:
Golden Book   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 70'   Main Walls
Pegasus   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 70'   Main Walls
Arrowhead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Saturday Night Special   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
White Fandango   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Realm of the Senses   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
Cat-o-Nine-Tails   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Millions of Dead Dogs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
Mind Bender Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
Jaguar   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Imperial Wizard   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
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Pegasus 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CT : Central Valley : ... : Main Walls
Pegasus is the obvious dihedral in the face of the crag. A roof caps the dihedral near the summit....[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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Parking area. Arrow shows approach trail.
BETA PHOTO: Parking area. Arrow shows approach trail.

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By steverett
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 31, 2014
Description says "bring long dynamic rope/webbing to reach trees", shouldn't that say static rope?
By Morgan Patterson
Oct 31, 2014
Good catch Steve, thanks... updated!
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