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Areas in Eastern Highlands

50 Footer 4 / 0 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Pot Hole 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Ross Rocks 12 / 1 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Wolf Rock 20 / 0 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21

Description

Climbing is Northeastern CT is far from a destination, although some good stuff can be found, especially if it is your local place (read: Attend UConn)

Getting There

I-91 and I-395 make up the terminus of this region while I-84 and Rt 2 provide access to many areas with realitve ease.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eastern Highlands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
 8
Star Fire
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 15
The Whale
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 15
Unknown 5.5 Crack
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 3
Bed Spins
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 7
Blanket Party
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Disneyworld
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 10
Slippery When Wet
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
La Losa
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Devil's Lettuce
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Good Book
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Standard route
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 5
Tincture of Benzoin
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a X
 3
Invitation to Dinner
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Star Fire Wolf Rock > Upper Tier
 8
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a Trad, TR
The Whale Wolf Rock > Lower Tier
 15
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Unknown 5.5 Crack Ross Rocks > Parking Lot Wall
 15
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Bed Spins Ross Rocks > Party Wall
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Blanket Party Wolf Rock > Upper Tier
 7
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Disneyworld Ross Rocks > N End
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Slippery When Wet Ross Rocks > Parking Lot Wall
 10
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
La Losa Ross Rocks > Party Wall
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Devil's Lettuce Ross Rocks > Party Wall
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Good Book Ross Rocks > Parking Lot Wall
 3
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Standard route 50 Footer
 6
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Tincture of Benzoin Ross Rocks > Parking Lot Wall
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, TR
Invitation to Dinner Ross Rocks > Table Rock
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a X Trad, TR
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All these areas are great for toproping. Fifty footer is the steepest and hardest of them all. If you wanna practice some moderate leading wolf rock is decent. If you can't find a partner pothole hosts a good 5.10 traverse across the whole formation and some individual boulder problems. I never climbed at ross rock...or I just don't remember it.
The best climbing gym is an hour away, Prime Climb in Wallingford CT. Those guys know what they're doin.

I started my climbing "career" on these rocks and damn...am I glad I moved out west. I'll be surprised if anybody even reads this. Apr 25, 2008
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Connecticut's first 5.13 sport route is located in NE Connecticut.

;) Jun 18, 2008
ctmeg Twohig
Middletown, CT
ctmeg Twohig   Middletown, CT
For 5 minutes away from a great university campus, you can't hate too hard on 50-foot. I got strong enough there to climb my first 5.12 in CO

and besides its CT, there's always more the locals aren't talking about :) Feb 3, 2009
Pal Pocsi
Budapest, Hungary
Pal Pocsi   Budapest, Hungary
Today I climbed at Pot Hole and I have to say that while it's not a destination crag, it was quite fun. Apparently it's on private land but the owner is OK with climbers as long as they are respectful. Some of the routes offer good protection and can be lead. Setting up top ropes is easy if you have some long sections of webbing or static rope. I haven't been to 50 Footer yet or Ross Rock but Wolf Rock is a great spot and that is open to public use. Nov 29, 2009
Brian
North Kingstown, RI
Brian   North Kingstown, RI
I'm suprised that there isn't any mention of, and more climbing at, Ross Rocks in Killingly. There are cliffs there 80 ft high. It is largely frequented by Rhode Islanders but it is in Connecticut. Dec 2, 2009
Pal Pocsi
Budapest, Hungary
Pal Pocsi   Budapest, Hungary
Wow, those pics of Ross Rocks look great Brian! I'll try my best and get out there soon to check out some of the routes. Do you know the protection ratings of any of the routes? Dec 7, 2009
Brian
North Kingstown, RI
Brian   North Kingstown, RI
Pal Pocsi,
There are a few well protected routes there. The 5.5 and the 5.8 "Slippery When Wet" on the Parking Lot Wall, the 5.9 "Good Book" around the corner take adequate gear. The 5.8 roof on the Party Wall is leadable but probably PG-13. This is assuming that you are competent/experienced at placing gear. And remember that these are Connecticut ratings. For example the 5.8 crack on the Parking Lot Wall takes great gear but it has to be placed while hanging/jamming in a tenuous position. I know of one broken ankle that occurred on this climb because the guy was leading above his competent grade level.
Brian Dec 9, 2009
Ed L
Slowida
Ed L   Slowida
I also started my climbing career in the Storrs area. No matter if I'm camped in Indian Creek or at the bottom of the Black, Pothole and Wolfrock will always have a special piece of my heart. I always pack my shoes when I travel back to Mansfield. I have broke in more than one pair by standing in the Fenton river below pothole. The ROOTS! Tome Sellec, where are you climbing now? Mar 30, 2010
Where is ct's first 5.13 sport route in NE connecticut? Jul 23, 2012
Brian
North Kingstown, RI
Brian   North Kingstown, RI
>>By Devin Kelly
>>Jul 23, 2012
>>Where is ct's first 5.13 sport route in NE connecticut?

On heavily posted private property. Jun 11, 2014

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