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Elevation: 20 ft 6 m
GPS: 42.3228, -71.1726
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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!

Per Jeremy Norton: if you park at the temple, you risk getting towed. Previous parking was an arrangement with the previous owner.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hammond Pond

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V-easy 3
 51
Scrambled
Boulder
V0 4
 24
The Snort
Boulder
V1 5
 35
Slippery Crimps
Boulder
V2 5+
 57
Over Easy
Boulder
V2 5+
 42
Crackerjack Dyno
Boulder
V4- 6B
 37
Reefer Madness
Boulder
V4 6B
 55
Hammond Eggs
Boulder
V4 6B
 30
Stoned Highway
Boulder
V4 6B
 67
Hermit's Cave
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
Becoming the Hermit (Hermit's Ca…
Boulder
V6 7A
 50
Beached Whale
Boulder
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 38
The Cleft
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 56
Cracker Jack
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3-4 6A+ PG13
 41
Breakfast of Champions
Trad, TR, Boulder
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C
 45
Hepatitis
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Scrambled Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 51
V-easy 3 Boulder
The Snort Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 24
V0 4 Boulder
Slippery Crimps Alcove Area > Right Alcove Wall
 35
V1 5 Boulder
Over Easy Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 57
V2 5+ Boulder
Crackerjack Dyno Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 42
V2 5+ Boulder
Reefer Madness Temple Area > Temple Overhangs
 37
V4- 6B Boulder
Hammond Eggs Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 55
V4 6B Boulder
Stoned Highway Alcove Area > Alcove Entrance Boulder
 30
V4 6B Boulder
Hermit's Cave Temple Area > Hermit's Cave Area > Hermit's Cave
 67
V4 6B Boulder
Becoming the Hermit (Hermit… Temple Area > Hermit's Cave Area > Hermit's Cave
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Beached Whale Alcove Area > Beached Whale Boulder
 50
V6 7A Boulder
The Cleft Other Walls & C… > Lower Walls
 38
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Cracker Jack Other Walls & C… > Lower Walls
 56
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Breakfast of Champions Alcove Area > Main Alcove Wall
 41
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3-4 6A+ PG13 Trad, TR, Boulder
Hepatitis Temple Area > Pusherman Wall
 45
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C TR, Boulder
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