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Areas in Quincy Quarries

A Wall (aka A Face) 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
B Wall (aka B Face) 1 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
C Wall (aka C Face) 2 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
D Wall (aka D & E Faces) 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
E Wall (aka F & part of G Faces) 0 / 0 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
F Wall 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
G Wall (aka H Face) 2 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
H Wall (aka J Face) 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
I Wall (aka K Face) 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
J Wall (aka L Face) 1 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
K Wall (aka M Face) 3 / 0 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
L Wall (aka part of M Face) 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
M Wall 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
N Wall (includes O Wall) 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
P Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Q Wall 2 / 1 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
R Wall (aka P Face) 3 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
S Wall (aka N Face) 2 / 0 / 6 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Swingles 2 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 11
Elevation: 100 ft
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Jan 13, 2007 with updates from Ron Birk
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Description

This is probably the most popular and most extensive climbing area within the Boston area. It lies in Quincy, SE of Boston.

Climbing access here has been eliminated at times. Fortunately, with a collaboration of climbers & non-climbers, the situation has improved and climbing has resumed more recently. Amazingly, some of the quarries have been filled in with dirt. Unfortunately, this has given access to graffitti artists. For those who have not been here since 1991, it is amazing how different it looks. This area has wonderful, compact, granitic rock, variety of routes, and so many variations for the Boston-based climber. Many of these would be considered squeezed but for the lack of better climbing in the area. There are at least 21 faces or craglets to climb here. At one point, this had some of the best Massachusetts routes climbing over water...sadly, no longer. There's a great shot of how it used to be done on p. 152 & 153 of Boston Rocks II. There are routes up to 90 feet tall in some spots.

Toula described it as "over-loved." Some say, love the one you're with.

Historically, parked cars are at greater risk than climbers in this locale. Do not leave anything of any value within your vehicle.

Organization

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=>

The organization from Boston Rocks is used here. Much thanks to Steve Marr for his help. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, & H faces circle the former Little Railroad Quarry clockwise. The Boston Rocks II wound up calling these A, B, C, D, E, F, & G Walls surrounding the same quarry.

The others are harder to describe in words, especially since they drained Granite Rail Quarry (a very deep quarry) and filled it in with dirt (wow!). Walls I & J aka Faces J & K are around to the right of H.

Faces L, N, P were not above water. Now, Walls J, K, L, M, & N are the northern walls of the quarry area. Faces M, Q, Granite Rail Quarry Face were above water, now there is just dirt. Now, Walls O, P, Q, R, & S continue around as you follow the rock clockwise. Now, S Wall is the N Face.

Swingle's Quarry is on the other side of O & P Walls. Nearby is Badger's & Bunker Hill Quarries.

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Aerial shot to help orient. may help.

Swimming

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.

History

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.

The Friends of the Blue Hills Reservations operate the Quarry Granite Rock Climbing Museum (617) 326-0079.

Weather

You can use the NOAA site.

Other

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.

Getting There

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.

By public transportation: Take the Red Line to Quincy Center, take MBTA bus #215 to Copeland and Willard Streets, turn left on Willard, cross under the Expressway and take the first right onto Ricciuti Drive. The quarries are 1/4 mile on the right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Quincy Quarries

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 39
Black Knight
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 34
White Knight
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 61
Layback
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 21
Double Overhang
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 77
Outside Corner
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 44
Pins
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 17
Blood Streaks
TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 31
Tensile Strength
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Yellow Knight
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 8
Under the Big Top
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Hanging Buttress
TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 21
The Power of Positive Thinking
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 4
Sloping Staircase
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Ladder Line
TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 9
Thank You, Scott
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Black Knight S Wall (aka N Face)
 39
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
White Knight S Wall (aka N Face)
 34
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Layback J Wall (aka L Face)
 61
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Double Overhang C Wall (aka C Face)
 21
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
Outside Corner K Wall (aka M Face)
 77
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Pins K Wall (aka M Face)
 44
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Blood Streaks C Wall (aka C Face)
 17
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Tensile Strength K Wall (aka M Face)
 31
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Yellow Knight S Wall (aka N Face)
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Under the Big Top H Wall (aka J Face)
 8
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Hanging Buttress M Wall
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
The Power of Positive Thinking K Wall (aka M Face)
 21
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Sloping Staircase Q Wall
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Sport, TR
Ladder Line J Wall (aka L Face)
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Thank You, Scott Q Wall
 9
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad, TR
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john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Good point, but if you need gps to find the Quarries, you're kinda fucked. Aug 16, 2011
patrick donahue
Bend, OR
patrick donahue   Bend, OR
Hey, does any one know if it is possible to set up a highline in The Quarries? If so, how much line is needed, and where is the best place to set it up? Feb 22, 2012
Many fun climbs, but so many jerk kids throwing glass bottles, great place for a laceration. May 6, 2012
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
I just got word of a huge paint dump/spray on the Pins Wall...assholes. Jun 29, 2012
petesev  
I was at The Quarries on Tuesday, and I found a good bit of booty. If you describe what you have lost, I will get it back to you. Apr 16, 2015
I found some gear today (11/8) that was left behind. If you can describe it, I will gladly send it back. Nov 8, 2015
Anyone know anything about the botled route on the K Wall? It cuts across three different routes (Tensile Strength, Pins, and Positive Thinking)
just wondering about a rating. May 28, 2016
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Originally bolted for the first Quarries competition in 1988, we called it the Stud, 5.10. Nice climbing. May 29, 2016
Tim McGivern
Medford, ma
Tim McGivern   Medford, ma
Hi,
I'm looking for information as to who has recently taken the responsibility of replacing hardware at QQ. A LCO is forming for eastern MA, and I'm trying to get an idea of who to talk to about hardware at QQ. Thanks for the help.
Tim Apr 11, 2017
Michael Caruccio   Danvers
What kind of bolts are in the area to set up a TR anchor? What equipment is needed? May 14, 2018
Spencer Ringwood
Somerville, MA
Spencer Ringwood   Somerville, MA
"What kind of bolts are in the area to set up a TR anchor? What equipment is needed?"

A couple double length slings and 30-50 feet of webbing or static line. Many of the popular climbs have glue-ins near the edge in addition to blocks and iron rods left over from quarrying. Aug 21, 2018

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