For the past century, locals of Baldwin, Maine have heralded the "Great Ledges" as a landmark worth walking to and exploring both for its geological splendor as well as the great view it sports from the top of the surrounding area. One life-long local had told some of the first climbers to investigate the cliff for its climbing potential that he has been going there since he was a kid and that they used to camp out on the top where there exists a small meadow area perfect for a Saturday night getaway. Surprised and intrigued to two people with technical climbing gear on an autumn morning during dear hunting season, he informed them that it was quite vertical and pointed a way to a path that led right to the top. The ledges consist mostly of your standard NE granite mixed in with quartz and crystalline conglomerates. The maine ledge is almost 300 feet wide with a central "headwall" section that from bottom to top goes up to 180 feet.
Go to Baldwin Maine, and ask the locals...
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Great Ledges:
Noah's Ark 5.5 Trad, 2 pitches, 130 feet
Crystalline Fracture 5.7 R Trad, 1 pitch, 85 feet
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Noah's Ark 5.5 ME : The Great Ledges
Pitch 1 (50 Feet): Start below the left hand side of the huge roof left of the head wall. Follow the crack up a right facing corner up to the base of the huge roof. Pitch 2 (80 Feet): Traverse the arch at the base of the roof 50 feet right, then follow the right facing corner up another 30 feet to the large tree. This route is one of the more obvious king lines when traversing the base of the cliff. At the top of the first pitch, we found a solitary rusty iron piton marking the only evidenc...[more] Browse More Classics in ME