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By Taylor J
From new mexico, new england
Jan 25, 2014
My home project.... <br /> <br /><em>Eds. It may be called "The Compactor".</em>

BCavanaugh wrote:
^ very blatantly chipped. Hand width edges, arm spans away from each other. On 2 aretes of the big boulder


Well that's upsetting thanks for the info... Was there any chalk? Had anyone been there recently as far as you could tell....


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By BCavanaugh
From boston,ma
Jan 26, 2014

There were chalked holds on the 1st boulder with the overhanging face(non chipped) looks like it could be decent hard problem. At least v8 or harder.


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By Taylor J
From new mexico, new england
Jan 26, 2014
My home project.... <br /> <br /><em>Eds. It may be called "The Compactor".</em>

When I was out there a couple years ago there had been no recent sign of climbers, although I do recall and old pin or perhaps just a drilled hole on top of one of the boulders for some top roping....


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By Jeff Ilg
Jan 28, 2014

Will have to check this out, live in Shirley, MA. if anyone want to check these out one day that its not 5 degrees out.

Jeff


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By Mike Collins
Jan 28, 2014
first ever highball boulder problem. v0 in the buttermilks

I live in Littleton I've been wanting to check them out too but as you mentioned it's horrendously cold.. Hopefully soon


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By Jeff Ilg
Jan 30, 2014

Mike Collins wrote:
I live in Littleton I've been wanting to check them out too but as you mentioned it's horrendously cold.. Hopefully soon



Hey, I did a bit of playing around at Ayer Boulders this am, some snow, but atleast it was warmer out.
Shoot me a message if you want to get out when it warms up.

Jeff


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By Mike Collins
Mar 11, 2014
first ever highball boulder problem. v0 in the buttermilks

Thinking I may try to get out today it's supposed to be about 50 (what!?). Which area do you think is more worth while ayer boulders or westford ? They are about the same distance for me. I have one pad


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By jbo
Mar 21, 2014

Checked out the boulders today. Very disappointing to see the chipped holds. Probably going to head back there one of these days after work. Would be fun to send some of the taller lines. If anyone is going out there weekdays, let me know.


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By J Meagher
Mar 23, 2014

Do you guys think access is stable enough where I could post this area? I went out there today and climbed a couple lines that I'm pretty sure are first ascents and I think its a big enough area to warrant a spot in the database


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By J Meagher
Mar 23, 2014

Also, is the taller boulder supposed to be the house or the barn? That always confused me


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By Taylor J
From new mexico, new england
Mar 23, 2014
My home project.... <br /> <br /><em>Eds. It may be called "The Compactor".</em>

J Meagher wrote:
Do you guys think access is stable enough where I could post this area? I went out there today and climbed a couple lines that I'm pretty sure are first ascents and I think its a big enough area to warrant a spot in the database


If I remember correctly we parked in a cul de sac really close to a few homes to access these boulders. If that's the only access I would keep it a locally known area only I don't see any good posting these being so close to private land. Just speculating but sounds like enough traffic could cause problems here.


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By J Meagher
Mar 23, 2014

Taylor, I parked in the same place, there may be another approach but I don't know it if there is one. I figure this is definitely an area where it would be prudent to tread lightly, but the actual boulders are pretty far away from the houses, only the approach goes close to them, and there are No Trespassing signs posted to specify which boulders are on private land. I doubt it would become popular enough for traffic to be a problem but I figure posting it could be nice so people could find the area more easily


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By jbo
Mar 24, 2014

I parked at the same place as everyone.
The westford conservation and trust has a nice map of the trails:
www.westfordconservationtrust.org/wct/Trails/Sassafras/trail>>>
I hiked the whole trail and there isn't much more parking on the other side of the trail so we should probably keep it quiet.

jbo


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By jim.dangle
Mar 24, 2014

The boulders are on public land so I would post them up. The readership of Mountain Project is pretty small even within the climbing community, and the amount of people that will make it out there will be even smaller. If you are concerned about access just make a note a of it in the listing. Be vague on details if you like. If there is no guidebook or any kind of approach, 99.99% of the climbers will never ever go but you will be helping out fellow climbers in the area looking for someplace nearby to explore.

My two cents.

Jim


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By J Meagher
Mar 24, 2014

Yeah I was thinking along the same lines Jim, even if it does get posted it'll probably only get one or two visits a month at best so traffic really shouldn't be that much of a problem. And technically it is all public land, but at the same time I don't want to annoy any home owners... Although the people who live there are probably pretty accustomed to people parking there to use the trails


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By omcmahon
From Nashua, NH
Mar 24, 2014
me

I have to agree with J Meagher and Jim. This is not a destination many people will travel to. The boulders are impressive and nice to have in the area but I can't see it being more than a local attraction.

I got a picture of a slightly overhanging rock wall farther in off the yellow dot trail. It's about 8' vertical with maybe a 12' face. It has some features and looks climbable. J Meagher may have climbed it.

Expand the picture for detail. It doesn't look like much in the thumbnail. The base is flat so there's room for a pad.


The yellow dot craglet.
The yellow dot craglet.


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By W.C.
Mar 25, 2014

I just wanted to clear up an issue raised earlier in these posts: these boulders are not on public land, they are on private land. The trail to them begins on public land, but they are in the middle of a 4.8 acre parcel of privately owned land.


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By J Meagher
Mar 25, 2014

W.C., I know the boulders behind the house with the No Trespassing signs are on private land, are those the boulders you're referring to, or are you talking about the large House and Barn boulders? Also, just out of curiosity, I noticed you just created an account today, are they on the property of someone you know?


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By omcmahon
From Nashua, NH
Mar 25, 2014
me

I think W.C. is right. I looked this up online (see picture). It looks like the House and Barn are on MacDonald's property. I can't be sure. See what you think. Here's the link...

gis.cdm.com/website/WestfordMA/map.htm

GIS map of Saw Mill Rd area, Westford.
GIS map of Saw Mill Rd area, Westford.


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By jim.dangle
Mar 25, 2014

Seems worth figuring out the access. My initial understanding was that these were on conservation land but I am not located in that part of the state. Just because the land is privately owned, however, doesn't mean that there is no deeded public access-- there could be an easment on it or it could be part of a privately held land trust.

Be forewarned: finding who owns what land and what right the public has can get kafkaesque fast.

Jim


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By Travis Dustin
From Hollis, NH
Mar 27, 2014
NH

Went out there today and Wow those are some awesome big boulders! There is an awesome fist/hand crack and some fun slabby problems! Worth checking out if you are in the area. There looks like ter will be some pretty hard stuff too!


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By boulderbum
From NY
Mar 31, 2014

Chipped? Wow wtf man..


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By J Meagher
Apr 1, 2014

So do we know if the landowner is cool with people climbing here?


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By omcmahon
From Nashua, NH
Apr 3, 2014
me

This is just my opinion, but I would be comfortable hiking and climbing here until the owner tells us to stop.

I've seen many people hiking and cross-country skiing in here. Let's not assume there is a problem until someone says there is a problem. There are some cool rocks to climb but it's not going to be a destination for anyone who doesn't live close by. There are only a few big boulders, one small craglet and a limited number of possible routes.


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By jbo
Apr 3, 2014

I agree. I spoke with some of the neighbors that were walking through and it didn't seem to be an issue from their perspective.

Obviously if we aren't respectful and start coming here in huge groups, are loud,... then that would change
The first boulder is on town owned land. The others a bit up for debate as far as who owns them. They might be part of the parcel owned by a development group


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