Quincy Quarries Rock Climbing
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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.
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.
The Aerial shot to help orient. may help.
The Friends of the Blue Hills Reservations operate the Quarry Granite Rock Climbing Museum (617) 326-0079.
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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Quincy Quarries
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