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Old Mountain Rd. Rock Climbing 

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Location: 41.5371, -71.64349 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: M Sprague, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M Sprague on Feb 19, 2012
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Old Mountain Rd, one of the clusters near the roa...

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Edit - recently transferred to the state and no longer posted. I'll update this description shortly when I have more information.

This is an area near Arcadia but not in it, full of boulders up to 20 feet tall, that is part of the huge former DeCoppet Estate. Long climbed on, but in the shadows of questionable access, the estate has recently been transferred to Rhode Island and opened to public access.

There are houses across the street, so please be respectful by keeping the noise down and being careful with your parking. Spaces for cars is very limited so carpooling is recommended (The Richmond Town Hall on Rt 138 is a good spot to leave a car if coming from the south)

From the parking spot, get your stuff together quietly and if you walk past the gate, very quickly you will see a hillside to your right with large boulders. If you keep exploring down the old road you will find more rock. Most everything seems to be to the right and up the hillside. Further west, across from Oak Hill Dr., in about 500 feet, is a cluster of two or three boulders with some good problems. There are some ledges to be found with bouldering potential further south in the same parcel, off of Carolina Nooseneck Rd. and developed bouldering off Hillsdale Rd.

The area has been climbed on for many years intermittently, but few routes have been recorded. Feel free to make up names and post them, but don't be offended if they jog memories of old climbers "I did that back in the day in hobnailed boots on the way to school" ;)

Getting There 

Located off Old Mountain Road/Trail (both names are used) between Carolina Nooseneck Rd and Hillsdale Rd. in the town of Richmond. Driving east from Carolina Nooseneck Rd, at the bottom of a curvy hill, there will be a gated pulloff into an old dirt road on your right. There is another gated pulloff further west, past Oak Hill Drive.

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Weather station 6.3 miles from here

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Hurry Up I'm Dying V5- 6C  Rhode Island : The De Coppet Estate : Old Mountain Rd.
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Photos of Old Mountain Rd. Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Good Boulder
BETA PHOTO: Good Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Tips Crack - across from Oak Hill Drive
BETA PHOTO: Tips Crack - across from Oak Hill Drive
Rock Climbing Photo: Good Boulder across from Oak Hill Drive
BETA PHOTO: Good Boulder across from Oak Hill Drive

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Feb 28, 2016
Great news! I recently heard that this land had finally been transferred over to the DEM a couple years ago. I went and checked yesterday and it is no longer posted, so it should be fine to climb here and post up routes. Still, be respectful of nearby neighbors and keep the noise down and make sure your parked cars are not a problem. An added bonus: Hunting is not allowed so you don't have to worry (as much) about wearing orange.

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