Elevation: 20 ft
GPS: 42.323, -71.173 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Jan 13, 2007 with improvements by Ryan Malloy
Admins: Joe M., Old Timer, jim.dangle

Description

This is an interesting collection of craglets of puddingstone rock (dark conglomerate) that lie WSW of Boston, near the Chestnut Hill shopping center. Climbing here dates back to the early 1900s. There are about 14 crags here. The 2 northernmost lie on private property are probably should not be listed unless ownership changes. The rest seem to be on what was once Metropolitan District Commission property and now is part of the Department of Conservation and Preservation. Some excellent bouldering lies here at the Alcove.

In the old days, folks bouldered here without pads. As a result, at least one well-known climber wound up with a broken back. Watch the landings if you are ropeless.

Ah yes, this is not a destination area, it's for locals.

Getting There

Drive West on Route 9 to Hammond Pond Parkway. Go north. 7 of the 14 crags lie east between Hammond Pond Parkway and Hammond Pond. 5 of the 14 crags lie SW of the intersection of Beacon St & Hammond Pond Parkway. 2 of the 14 crags lie just north of the temple along Hammond Pond Parkway. Do not park at the temple!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hammond Pond

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V-easy 3
 28
Scrambled
Boulder
V0 4
 7
The Snort
Boulder
V1 5
 16
Slippery Crimps
Boulder
V1 5
 12
Thank God Traverse
Boulder
V2 5+
 10
Crackerjack Dyno
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 4
Mint Chip
Boulder
V3 6A
 16
Reefer Madness
Boulder
V3 6A
 26
Hammond Eggs
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 3
1 Route
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 27
Hermit's Cave
Boulder
V4 6B
 12
Stoned Highway
Boulder
V6 7A
 16
Beached Whale
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 32
Cracker Jack
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V2-3 5+ PG13
 19
Breakfast of Champions
Trad, TR, Boulder
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C
 19
Hepatitis (originally submitted…
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Scrambled Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 28
V-easy 3 Boulder
The Snort Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 7
V0 4 Boulder
Slippery Crimps Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 16
V1 5 Boulder
Thank God Traverse Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 12
V1 5 Boulder
Crackerjack Dyno Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 10
V2 5+ Boulder
Mint Chip Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 4
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Reefer Madness Temple Area > Temple Overhangs
 16
V3 6A Boulder
Hammond Eggs Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 26
V3 6A Boulder
1 Route Other Walls & C… > Pinnacle Area > Eliminator Boulder
 3
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Hermit's Cave Temple Area > Hermit's Cave Area > Hermit's Cave
 27
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Stoned Highway Alcove Area > Alcove Entrance Boulder
 12
V4 6B Boulder
Beached Whale Alcove Area > Beached Whale Boulder
 16
V6 7A Boulder
Cracker Jack Other Walls & C… > Lower Walls
 32
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Breakfast of Champions Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 19
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V2-3 5+ PG13 Trad, TR, Boulder
Hepatitis (originally submi… Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 19
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C TR, Boulder
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