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Nike Base is a small, seldom visited traprock (basalt) crag just south of Pinnacle Rock on the Metacomet Trail. It has a lovely view of the suburbs and is delightfully free of the broken beer bottles that adorn Pinnacle. Most climbs are 40-50 ft. tall. The ratings are old-school and stiff.
Follow the driving and parking directions for Pinnacle Rock. As you head up the jeep trail from the road, continue past the large cement blocks another 100 yards to the top of the hill. Turn right onto the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail and walk 0.4 mile (about 20 minutes) to the top of the crag. You are 30 seconds from the crag top when the trail becomes a narrow rock ledge next to old chainlink fence. When the trail opens up again, look for the distinctive jutting block on your right about 40 feet off the trail.
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Probably the most obvious line on right side of the crag, it follows the inside corner on the south side of the prominent jutting block. An interesting combination of stemming on the left and so-so holds on the right.The first crux is right off the deck. A damp area complicates matters. The next crux is the center section. Use the finger crack and whatever you can find on the right. Stem carefully on the smooth left face. You dried your shoes, didn't you? Pull up on the delightfully juggy ...[more] Browse More Classics in CT
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