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Fort Williams  Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.6224, -70.2112 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Heims on Mar 26, 2011
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In the off days of spotting German U-Boats I'm sure the soldiers of the WW2 era had plenty of time to do some bouldering of their own. This park encompasses some of Maine's rugged coastline with picturesque views of Portland Headlight and Portland. The bouldering here, like any spot on the Maine coast, is a plethora of opportunites to set new routes or climb old ones. There's a few bolted lines here spotted around the parking lot cliffs just to the side of the lighthouse and the main parking lot. Kind of run out and spotty anchoring, you may need to rap to investigate the quality of the bolts prior to hanging on them. This is right on the ocean so keep in mind the tides and make sure your belayer has a good anchor as well so no one goes for a swim :)

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Just google Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth Maine.. 5 minute walk from the parking lots.

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This climb starts at the edge, overlooking the water, and in a small crevass. It has some consequence if you fell, given that you would tumble out onto a terrible fall onto sharp rocks.The reason this is even notable, is that it is so much fun, and a great selection of various holds and cracks, and a sustained climb of about 10-14 feet....[more]   Browse More Classics in ME

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By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Mar 31, 2011
A piece of advice. I wouldn't trust any fixed gear placed here.
By Josh Laverty
Sep 8, 2015
I second the skeptical look at those bolts. One set is badly rusted, the second set looks sound, but there are only two, and on a short face. I didn't count it worth bringing in the equipment.

There are some fun highball routes to be had here, and the salt air makes for minimal chalk use. In front of the old battery overlooking the beach, there is also a lot of really fun rocks at low tide. Children learning to boulder will have lots to learn on, and if not challenging, there is plenty of feel good cracks to play on.

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