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Building Blocks 1 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
City Dump 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
City Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Desperado 2 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
FK Face 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
First Impressions 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Inner Walls 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Petroleum Base Buttress 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Remnants 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Talus Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 25 ft
GPS: 42.68, -71.137 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Jan 13, 2007
Admins: Joe M., Old Timer
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Description

This is a nice, little area in Lawrence, which is nearly to the New Hampshire line (I thought it was in Andover), with short routes of low end difficulty. The park is 80 acres and belongs to the city. The rock is fairly rough with buckets galore. Consider long slings and a sturdy rope for climbing here. Anchors require pro. Some will just boulder here. Something was written about supposedly rock to 100 feet here. Addendum: I never found anything bigger than 30 feet.

The crags from North to South are First Impressions, Desperado, Inner Walls, Building Blocks, Petroleum Based Buttress, FK Face, City Dump, City Park, Remnants. Above City Park is a small boulder.

Apparently, below The Building Blocks area is a new bouldering area.

Getting There

To get there from Boston, go North on I-93, go East on I-495 to exit 42A. Go South on Hwy 114 for 0.4 mi. Paaark on the West side. Go South away from the North Andover shopping mall. Take a left (East) and follow a dirt road. The first crag you will reach is First Impressions.

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Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
Kevin, "the crags" refer to subareas and not to routes (although a few subareas include routes by the same name). At these subareas, there are routes. Click on the subareas on the left to see the routes. Jul 23, 2016
Cool crag. Solid glue in anchors above most of the climbs. Bring a cordalette or two 48" slings for anchors. Easy access to TR anchors Climbing area is fairly clean however in need of a good service project to clean up trash on the surrounding rock outcrops. The description above should read "the routes" rather than "the crags". I only really saw the one cliff described in the topo. Worth a few hours TR Session. Fun place for beginners. Pick up trash. Jul 21, 2016
I concur, this place is great! The rock quality is exceptional! I think it's especially fantastic for high-ball boulder problems!! Oct 21, 2013
Kevin Heinrich
Kinda All Over
Kevin Heinrich   Kinda All Over
I love Den Rock! Anyone else? Who could complain about any sort of climbing right down the road.

Unfortunately there has been some new bright green graffiti on Desperado and above the Building Blocks area. Not much but still an eyesore. Be careful in this area, be sure to park your car in sight of the road and be out by nightfall (I've seen tons of broken auto glass in the lot). Lots of sketchiness going on....

I would love to post some better route info for the area, but I don't know much of the history or exactly what is on or off for the contrived routes.... Painted Lady Direct is my latest project, super fun! Oct 16, 2013
I agree with Duncan that the tallest face is probably 30 feet max.

If someone can update the map link, it points to the wrong location. The crags are located around 42.679975,-71.136571 May 4, 2010
rdlennon
New Hampshire
rdlennon   New Hampshire
No face at Den Rock exceeds 30 feet, Desperado being the highest. Most of the crags are around 20-25. The rock is pegmatite, a sharp granite with lots of crystals. In 2007 a large number of glue-in anchors were installed, protecting most routes on the six main crags. This makes TRing much easier, as there is little natural pro at the top and very few trees. The bouldering referred to in the description is spread out but of good quality. Below the Building Blocks face are two boulders, each with several moderate lowball problems. The Remnants and City Dump areas are short enough (12-15 and 15-20 feet respectively) to be bouldered. City Dump especially is known as a fine training boulder, as it overhangs and is covered with good crimps and edges. Many eliminates can be made here, allegedly ranging in difficulty up to V9. Above the City Park section is an 8-10 foot slabby boulder with short moderate problems. Apr 27, 2008
ri.
ri.  
HI there-

Don't climb at Denrock much, but when I went last I saw nothing even close to 100ft. Highball bouldering or short short top-rope. Many TR anchors are being bolted. Kinda dirty (in a ghetto way) and super contrived much like Lincoln Woods though the rock is different. Maybe enough for a weekend if you climb hard (past V8 or so) but if your like me you'll find some projects, especially with variants. Not destination worthy but if your in the area or passing through on the way to P-tuck or Lincoln worth checking out.

New to mtn prjct, maybe next time I'm down that way I'll take some photos.

-Ri Sep 19, 2007

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