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Dorset St. Crag (Langsford Pond in Boston Rocks)

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Dorset St. Crag (Langsford Pond in Boston Rocks) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: mnatti on Apr 24, 2011
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This is a small but fun little strip of quarried granite near Annisquam. It offers a little bit of everything, from fun slabs, nice cracks, and even a nasty overhang with next to no holds. There are a few boulderable sections, but it is more a rope area in my opinion. Don't expect a long day here... but if you have a group of mixed ability, it is great to kill a few hours at.

Getting There 

Take Route 128 to the first rotary in Gloucester. Drive 3/4 around the loop and take Route 127 (Washington St) toward Lanesville and Annisquam. Just before the Annisquam Church (on the left) is Dorset St. (on the right). There is room for 3 or 4 cars if you pull over on Washington St., just before Dorset St. Another parking option is to drive up Bennett St. and park at the top of the first hill, just before a sharp bend in the road. This option gets you to the top of the cliff system, which is a short walk in to the left of the road.

Climbing Season

For the Cape Ann area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dorset St. Crag (Langsford Pond in Boston Rocks)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dorset St. Crag (Langsford Pond in Boston Rocks):
Slippery When Wet   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Wall
Deception   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Main Wall
Trundled   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Quarry Area
Seams Thin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Main Wall
Crimps   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Wall
The Corner   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Quarry Area
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Rock Climbing Photo: Deception.

Deception 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  MA : Cape Ann : ... : Main Wall
Climb the discontinuous crack in the center of the main wall. It finishes up the beautiful (too short) hand crack at the top. The crux, which looks easier than it is, is about halfway up....[more]   Browse More Classics in MA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall of Dorset St. Crag.
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall of Dorset St. Crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: The corner.
The corner.
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By mnatti
Dec 19, 2011
This crag is lonely. It wants to be loved. Come play and keep the green away!
By Chris McNeil
From: Anchorage, AK
Feb 10, 2012
This is a beautiful crag with awesome access just feet from you car. Great lines on the beauty Cape Ann granite!
By jim.dangle
Mar 12, 2012
This crag is small but nice. Comparable to the lesser Redrock areas (Oz, Down under, etc) though, maybe the main face is a bit higher. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Though not too near any houses, it's pretty near two roads, so it's worth keeping a low profile.

By Chris McNeil
From: Anchorage, AK
Oct 22, 2012
This is one of my favorite spot in the area for lead. The lines arent to long, but they are fun, interesting, and well protected, with a variety of grades from easy to intensely stiff.
By Michael NH
Mar 12, 2015
Google maps calls it Dorset Drive if you're looking.

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