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Fat Man's Squeeze Rock Climbing 

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Location: 41.349, -72.5968 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Echoinfi on Sep 9, 2009
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A small little bouldering area along the blue trail in the Chatfield with steep roofs, overhangs, and corridors.

Here are the directions:

Park in the climber's lot at Chatfield Hollow on Route 80. Follow the wide, two-track, blue blazed trail for 10 minutes before taking a right onto the Blue and Red-dot trail. You can easily miss this, so pay attention! Follow this trail for ~5 minutes, eventually passing a steep cliff and a beautiful rectangular bolder(classic v4 on the front). Hop onto the road(champlain rd.) and walk uphill(west) for a few minutes. Take a left onto an obvious wide trail with boulders blocking the entrance. Walk down this trail for a few minutes until you can see large mossy rocks down in the valley to your left. Bush-wack down, hop a small stream, and find yourself at one of the coolest bouldering areas in the state.

Getting There

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For the CT Bouldering area.

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Fat Man's Squeeze

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fat Man's Squeeze:
The Resolution   V6 7A     Boulder, 35'   
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The Resolution V6 7A  CT : CT Bouldering : ... : Fat Man's Squeeze
This problem might be one of the longest in the Northeast. Start as low as possible in large cave. Climb out large holds to a defined crux that revolves around a reach to a crimp, then a pull off of it. Cut left to a nice mantel. Climbed on New Years Day, 2009....[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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Rock Climbing Photo: yet another classic problem
yet another classic problem
Rock Climbing Photo: Aformentioned Classic V4 right off champlin rd.
Aformentioned Classic V4 right off champlin rd.

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By T Roper
Jun 12, 2011
This place is hands down one of the top 2 or 3 bouldering areas in CT. Access is tough but it is worth the hike in.
By Eli Hamblet
From: Riverside, WA
Jul 17, 2012
The trail is not blue blazed until after you reach a sign 1/2 mile from the parking area. I wasn't able to find any obvious trail with boulders off of champlin rd. However, if you walk up champlin until the road split and then immediately turn left and head into the woods following the mossy ridge line on your right, there is a halfway decent trail which goes most of the way to the boulders. After passing one line of rocky ledges you reach a muddy area/stream cross this and continue in the same direction within 5 minutes you'll reach fat man's squeeze.
By guy bon
Sep 13, 2012
Here's a satellite map of the trail entrance off Champlin Road. There are boulders, not massive climbable boulders, but boulders none-the-less blocking this muddy old road.
By nickv
Mar 19, 2013
tried to find this place the other day, followed the directions and didnt find anything. I took the trail just before the big yellow this not correct?
By T Roper
Mar 19, 2013
its tough to find quickly, look at the bing map link that Guy Bon posted, thats where the trail intersects w/the road
By nickv
Mar 20, 2013
I did that a few times before i left home and then when i was out there i checked again...made it down into a marshy area and then ended up on a yellow blazed trail...never found a stream to hop..i feel like we just didnt go far enough, but it was getting late and i didnt see anything that gave me hope that i was heading in the right direction..ill try again this coming weekend..thanks!
By andyelliott
Sep 25, 2013
I went there today, and its an easy 30 minute walk in to fat man squeeze going only off directions from here and with no knowledge of the area. but i found it first try with no slip ups. i definitely recommend bringing some friends (unless you can carry at least 5 pads) for some of the longer higher problems (which there are a lot of). I walked by a crag with some bolts in it near the "classic v4 crack" which was pretty good. couldn't find any info on the bolted line and the boulders around it which had some really fun routes on it especially if your alone and only have two pads like i did. for a moment i thought i was getting some FA's in that area until i saw some chalk :(
By Will Cornell
May 23, 2014
hey! does anybody know what the "classic v4" boulder on the way to the fat man's squeeze area before chaplain road is called? Me and my brother had an awesome sesh on that boulder the other day and it would be cool to know what some of those problems are called and rated.... because they definitely aren't FAs
By Echoinfi
May 28, 2014

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