Elevation: 20 ft
GPS: 42.323, -71.173 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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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
 34
Scrambled
Boulder
V0- 4-
 11
Natural High
Boulder
V0 4
 12
The Snort
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 4
Sit On That
Boulder
V1 5
 21
Slippery Crimps
Boulder
V2 5+
 16
Crackerjack Dyno
Boulder
V3 6A
 24
Reefer Madness
Boulder
V3 6A
 34
Hammond Eggs
Boulder
V3 6A
 4
Happy Hobo
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 7
1 Route
Boulder
V4- 6B
 37
Hermit's Cave
Boulder
V6 7A
 23
Beached Whale
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 39
Cracker Jack
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V2-3 5+ PG13
 24
Breakfast of Champions
Trad, TR, Boulder
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C
 25
Hepatitis
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Scrambled Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 34
V-easy 3 Boulder
Natural High Temple Area > Temple Overhangs
 11
V0- 4- Boulder
The Snort Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 12
V0 4 Boulder
Sit On That Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 4
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Slippery Crimps Alcove Area > Right Alcove Wall
 21
V1 5 Boulder
Crackerjack Dyno Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 16
V2 5+ Boulder
Reefer Madness Temple Area > Temple Overhangs
 24
V3 6A Boulder
Hammond Eggs Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 34
V3 6A Boulder
Happy Hobo Temple Area > Hermit's Cave Area > Hermit's Couch
 4
V3 6A Boulder
1 Route Other Walls & C… > Pinnacle Area > Eliminator Boulder
 7
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Hermit's Cave Temple Area > Hermit's Cave Area > Hermit's Cave
 37
V4- 6B Boulder
Beached Whale Alcove Area > Beached Whale Boulder
 23
V6 7A Boulder
Cracker Jack Other Walls & C… > Lower Walls
 39
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Breakfast of Champions Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 24
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V2-3 5+ PG13 Trad, TR, Boulder
Hepatitis Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 25
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C TR, Boulder
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