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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 14, 2014

Anyone want to show me the rock climbing in central CT before I have to start my job? Will probs have a couple of weeks free


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By Lanky
From Portland, ME
Jul 14, 2014

Hit up newenglandbouldering.com and/or the Facebook group of the same name.


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By javd
From East Brookfield MA
Jul 14, 2014

Send me a message if you're interested, I'm off most afternoons.

The ct AMC group also climbs Thursday nights, great group of climbers.


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By wivanoff
Jul 15, 2014
High Exposure

Check out the Connecticut Climbers and Mountaineers? Open group that goes out regularly.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/10547895145/


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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Jul 15, 2014

Where in CT? Bouldering? Sport? Trad?


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 15, 2014

Brian wrote:
Where in CT? Bouldering? Sport? Trad?


Central, any style really although Trad is the best!


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Jul 15, 2014
Stoked...

Well with a name like that you'll fit right in...! A preemptive welcome to you! If you have any questions feel free to reach out.. there's quite a bit of knowledge up on MP and within the folks like Brian above.

Weather-wise July and August are probably the two worst climbing months in CT.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jul 15, 2014
Bocan

Join ragged mountain. Good community of climbers.

Central traprock there to climb. Selling this books btw if you want to make an offer.

New England Bouldering - $30
Rockclimbing CT - $25


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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Jul 16, 2014

God'sRock,

There are a bunch of sites on the web where you can post or see if others are climbing. All very welcoming groups.

Connecticut Rock Climbers UNITE (mostly New Haven area) (FaceBook)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/135140383177882/

Connecticut Rock Climbers (FaceBook)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/148324692020875/

ClimbCT (Yahoo Group)
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/climbCT/info

Connecticut Climbers and Mountaineers (CCM) (Already mentioned.)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/10547895145/

ClimbRI (Yahoo Group) (Eastern CT climbing: Ross Pond, Lantern Hill, Pine Ledge)
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/climbri/info


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 16, 2014

Great, cheers for the replies, Yeh I was looking forward to climbing at ragged. I also saw there's a place called wolf rock that's really close and doesn't look that tall. . What are the landings there like? It doesn't look amazing but it does look worth a 5 minute drive


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By christopher adams
Jul 16, 2014

God'sOwnRock wrote:
Great, cheers for the replies, Yeh I was looking forward to climbing at ragged. I also saw there's a place called wolf rock that's really close and doesn't look that tall. . What are the landings there like? It doesn't look amazing but it does look worth a 5 minute drive


You'll be just fine. I grew up in CT and have lived in MA and then NY (an hour and 10 mins from the gunks!) and even with the proximity to all the great climbing that's been available to me, I still miss CT Traprock.

Here's some of my personal favorites that I would stack up quality wise against any classic single pitch at the gunks (except maybe pitch 2 of son of easy O)

Ragged:
Broadway
YMC
Vector
Unconquerable Crack
Subline

East Peak:
Cat Crack
Thor's Hammer
Dol Guldur (sp)

Cathole Pass:
Pegasus
Danzig (toprope)


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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Jul 16, 2014

God'sOwnRock wrote:
Great, cheers for the replies, Yeh I was looking forward to climbing at ragged. I also saw there's a place called wolf rock that's really close and doesn't look that tall. . What are the landings there like? It doesn't look amazing but it does look worth a 5 minute drive


Wolf Rock is not that great. The upper part is a slab and easy. The lower tier has a couple of interesting 5.8-5.9 routes but that's it. You may want to check out nearby 50-Footer and Pothole. They are more interesting. Both of those are within a 5 minute drive from Wolf Rock.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jul 16, 2014
Bocan

IF you are living up near Mansfield Wolf Rock is ok (I'm from Vernon), but you are better off going to Ragged.


I did alot of wandering around the seven falls area using the Wesleyan guide about a decade ago. I'm sure alot of it has cleaned up since then.
www.ctclimbers.com/sites/default/files/PrintableMiniGuide.pd>>>

Don't forget about Farley in Mass, NH is close and Lincoln woods for bouldering and of course the gunks.

I also suggest buying this book to get your stoke going. One of my favorite.
www.amazon.com/Yankee-Rock-Ice-Climbing-Northeastern/dp/0811>>>


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 16, 2014

Brian wrote:
Wolf Rock is not that great. The upper part is a slab and easy. The lower tier has a couple of interesting 5.8-5.9 routes but that's it. You may want to check out nearby 50-Footer and Pothole. They are more interesting. Both of those are within a 5 minute drive from Wolf Rock.


Well that sounds fine for some easy soloing I'm probably only leading 5.8 at the moment. 50 footer looks cool, like a small gritstone crag.


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 16, 2014

Scott McMahon wrote:
I also suggest buying this book to get your stoke going. One of my favorite. www.amazon.com/Yankee-Rock-Ice-Climbing-Northeastern/dp/0811>>>


I already have that!


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By Joe M.
Jul 17, 2014

+1 for Thor's Hammer at East Peak, candidate for the best route in CT!


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 17, 2014

Joe M. wrote:
+1 for Thor's Hammer at East Peak, candidate for the best route in CT!


That looks mega, are big cams needed?


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 17, 2014

Morgan Patterson wrote:
Well with a name like that you'll fit right in!


Heh I had just had a good session on the gritstone and several beers when I changed my name to that! Although you guys don't have grit do you so what's god's own rock in the states?


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Jul 17, 2014
Stoked...

God'sOwnRock wrote:
Heh I had just had a good session on the gritstone and several beers when I changed my name to that! Although you guys don't have grit do you so what's god's own rock in the states?



Well... though I've never been on gritstone I would suspect you will find Traprock to be very similar in some aspects. I think the name its well for this area because we have a very extreme conservative group of climbers who act as though the rock is the most holy thing ever created and will readily take destruction of the habitat and living organisims around our cliffs over alerting the rock (say to put in TR anchors at TR Crags). Not that you'll take to this at all but just that the name fits in...

You'll see once you get out and about... I think you will be very surprised at how good the climbing can be... def don't miss out on Main Cliff, East Peak, West Rock, Cathole, Chatfield Hollow, to name a few.


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 17, 2014

Morgan Patterson wrote:
I think you will be very surprised at how good the climbing can be... def don't miss out on Main Cliff, East Peak, West Rock, Cathole, Chatfield Hollow, to name a few.


Well I've already had a few offers so I look forward to checking them out with some of you guys over the next couple of weeks.


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By Joe M.
Jul 18, 2014

God'sOwnRock wrote:
That looks mega, are big cams needed?


Pretty good size cams and biceps are needed...


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By Eric Engberg
Jul 18, 2014

Joe M. wrote:
Pretty good size cams and biceps are needed...

Don't need no stinking cams - did it on hexes 30 years ago :-)


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By God'sOwnRock
Jul 21, 2014

Can anyone climb at Ragged tomorrow afternoon for a few hours? My wife will have the car at work though so I'd need a lift from near Storrs-Mansfield!


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By Joe M.
Jul 22, 2014

Eric Engberg wrote:
Don't need no stinking cams - did it on hexes 30 years ago :-)


Climbers today are soft, right Eric? Well done doing that on hexes!


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By Eric Engberg
Jul 22, 2014

Joe M. wrote:
Climbers today are soft, right Eric? Well done doing that on hexes!

I actually repeated it with Streibert a few years later - we had cams (rigid Friends) by then. It seemed harder the 2nd time.


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