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Old Quarry Walls

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L to R R to L Alpha
A B-Boy's Alpha S 
Bloodstain, The S 
Cloud Surfari S 
Cloud Surfing S 
Crackrock Corner S 
Desparête   S 
Devil's Cut S 
Evil Beauty (Closed Proj) S 
Fiendish Following S 
Golden Ghetto, The S 
Happiness Is a Warm Drill S 
People's Rock, The S 
Psychonautics S 
Run For Cover S 
Scifentology S 
Slightly Removed S 
Tasmanian Pain Coaster S 
Tax Evasion Haven S 
Traxamillion S 
Tree of Knowledge, The S 
Tree of Life, The S 
Winning and Losing S,TR 

Old Quarry Walls Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Morgan Patterson on Nov 25, 2013  with updates from JIncillo
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This area was mostly used as a homeless camp but that could be changing... Behind the homeless camp, through some razor sharp thorns and a behind a wall of poison ivy (clearly from the Jurassic Period), lies the remnants of a quarry operation on the South End.

The Old Quarry Walls at West Rock is the most up and coming sport crag in CT. This area was until recently used as a homeless camp, overrun with Poison Ivy and thorns, but thanks to a dedicated few it has been cleaned up. Countless hours have been spent removing poison ivy vines and trundling loose death blocks. While most the walls are shorter, they are varied with more vertical and overhanging sections then the Ballfield Slabs and offers some great hard climbing with lots more potential at the small urban crag.

Use caution however when climbing here as this is a new area still under development and there is still a lot of choss. Also note that on specific routes bolt spacing can be thin, these routes have been designated as R rated.

The best, most solid lines are on the far left wall including Tree of Life and People's Rock. This portion of the wall is in the sun the least throughout the day. The middle, and tallest section of the wall is the most dangerous with the most loose rock. There are no established lines here (yet). The obvious prominent arete is Desparate with a few lines in that area including Devil's cut. The far right developed part of the wall is the Crackrock corner which is home to the first bolted lines in the quarry, back when you had to wash everything you brought with you for fear of poison Ivy contaminating everything.

Getting There 

Instead of hiking up from the ball field and taking the second switchback back left along the base of the main slabs, continue hiking straight along the trail about 30 ft. Then head up over a small berm and into the homeless camp. Continue straight back from here to the walls. One can also follow the trail to the top and scramble to the top of the climbs and setup TR's.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Old Quarry Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Old Quarry Walls:
Tax Evasion Haven   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Crackrock Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Psychonautics   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   
Happiness Is a Warm Drill   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 100'   
Cloud Surfing   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 55'   
The People's Rock   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 55'   
Slightly Removed   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 100'   
The Tree of Life   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Winning and Losing   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Featured Route For Old Quarry Walls
Rock Climbing Photo: Shylo starting up on the FFA

The Tree of Life 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CT : Western Coastal Slope : ... : Old Quarry Walls
This route gets my vote as one of the best 5.11's in the state. On the short side, but very sweet. It has great rock quality and very cool angular, geometric holds and nice technical flowing moves. If you like pinches and weird technical climbing on good rock this is the route for you! Stick clip the first bolt and utilize a small pocket to gain a jug rail. Then climb pinches and edges into a technical crux in a shallow corner. Take it home to the anchor with victory jugs....[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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Rock Climbing Photo: Myself just before bathing in poison ivy...
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By Echoinfi
Oct 13, 2014
Great little zone. Much more potential here for sure. I took out three garbage bags of trash today and it looks great. Definitely one of those places where more climbers visiting will make it better.
By czd
Nov 9, 2014
These routes all look great. Good addition to New Haven sport climbing.
By Morgan Patterson
Mar 17, 2015
nope... but im sure there's some dry stuff esp the aretes.

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