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A Wall (aka A Face)
B Wall (aka B Face)
C Wall (aka C Face)
D Wall (aka D & E Faces)
E Wall (aka F & part of G Faces)
G Wall (aka H Face)
H Wall (aka J Face)
I Wall (aka K Face)
J Wall (aka L Face)
K Wall (aka M Face)
L Wall (aka part of M Face)
N Wall (includes O wall)
R Wall (aka P Face)
S Wall (aka N Face)
This is probably the most popular and most extensive climbing area within the Boston area. It lies in Quincy, SE of Boston.
This is somewhat complicated here. The 1987 Boston Rocks listed these various chunks of rock into faces. The more recent editions of Boston Rock II reorganized these into Walls. There was a subtle shift and a not so subtle shift. Overall, these walls essentially go clockwise Walls A-S, a linear progression with a few wrinkles in the fabric. See the aerial shot just to the right=>
Swimming, while tempting on a hot day, was strictly illegal here. Deaths had occurred here. It's no longer an issue for the Granite Rail Quarry. Photos show how the 200 foot deep Granite Rail Quarry has been filled in. It's amazing how deep the quarries once were. Too bad they didn't leave the water & dirt out. Here's an after shot, compare them.
Originally, granite quarrying began back in 1825 here. Solomon Willard discovered the stone here was good for building. Stone from this site was used for the Bunker Hill Monument, the Titanic Monument, and others. As a result, Quincy became known as the Granite City. The quarry closed in 1963. Some of the photographs from the preclimbing days may be interesting. The Metropolitan District Commission purchased 22 acres including the quarries here. Now this is under the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
You can use the NOAA site.
There are interesting structures nearby from the Granite Railway Incline. There is a monument located for the Granite Railway Quarry. Portion of Railroad bed terminus located at Bunker Hill Lane (nation's first industrial railroad). Some foundational remains of quarry structures include several small powder magazine and the nearby stone-walled, roofless shell of the Quincy owned Lyons Turning Mill. A spider watertower and two microwave towers are nearby.
By car: Southeast of Boston, go on Route 3/I-93 South or the Southeast Expressway to exit 8 and the Furnace Brook Parkway, go Southeast on Williard, head West immediately along Riccuti Drive. Park. There have been multiple sites for parking over the years.
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Under the Big Top 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b PG13 MA : Quincy Quarries : H Wall (aka J Face)
This is the biggest roof at The Quarries. There are several variations, and all are intimidating. The upper 12 feet fell off in the '90s making the climb harder than when it was first lead by Eric Engberg, in 1982, saying at the time it was 5.9....[more] Browse More Classics in MA