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Elevation: 544 ft 166 m
GPS: 41.43964, -72.54111
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Welcome to Connecticut's Riviera, aka The Shoreline. The Eastern Coastal Slope is home to Connecticut's oldest towns along the scenic center shore fronts of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River.

Like its French and Italian cousins, east of the city of New Haven, the shoreline changes and turns to a landscape of small towns, villages, and beautiful inland farms. Some towns are plain, everyday Americana, but many are beautiful, graceful, historic, and delightful, like Killingworth, Madison, Guilford, Stonington, and Mystic.

What makes this place unique are the waters of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River; their benign moderating influence on the climate makes the Connecticut shoreline a good place for vineyards and wineries and for sunny, snow-free winter days of crisp bouldering or climbing on some of America's best metaphoric gneiss.

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison has a fine long sand beach on Long Island Sound that is a favorite retreat on a rest day or for a simple afternoon of shoreline bouldering.

Some of the best areas include Westwoods, Chatfield, the Nehantic State Forest, and the Groton/Mystic areas. Although the cliffs and boulders tend to be small, you will find some of Connecticut's best climbs and boulder problems in this region. All styles exist here, from physical 5.13 sport routes on 1/2" glue-ins to mixed routes, traditionally protected splitter cracks of all grades, to radically overhanging boulder roof problems. The attitude is distinctly that of a progressive New England seaport town: cultured, traveled, global, and Yankee.

Groton is famous for it war submarine industry and ships that have sailed and protected every ocean in the world. Mystic was a famous seaport in colonial and early American times because of its international shipbuilding industry, and it is now famous for the Mystic Seaport museum. There are many boulders in this region that are remains of the last ice age 18,000 years ago in the surrounding forests.

A few miles to the north on the tribal reservations of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot peoples are the massive flashy Casinos of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods.

In this region, you will find Lantern Hill with its unique Quartzite and surreal views of Foxwoods and the forests Mashantucket Pequot reservation.

Enjoy the simple charm of this place and keep it clean and beautiful for future generations.

Here is a small video sample of some of the areas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26yoAhKr26M

Getting There Suggest change

I-95 and I-395 provide access to the region.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eastern Coastal Slope

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 59
Super Slab
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 61
Clark Bar Crack
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 58
Don't do it Hank's way
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
P&H
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 37
Sirius
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 42
Jungle Face
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 50
Jolt or Not to Bolt (aka Noriega)
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 49
The Bloody Beetroots
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 74
Forearm Frenzy
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 25
Hollow Head Crew/Forearm Direct
Trad, Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 16
Psycho J
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Zeitgeist
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 43
Shape Shifter
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 12
The Cold Vein
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 4
Modern Collective
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Super Slab Chatfield Hollow Main…
 59
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Clark Bar Crack Chatfield Hollow Main…
 61
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Don't do it Hank's way Chatfield Hollow Main…
 58
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
P&H Chatfield Hollow Main…
 45
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Sirius Chatfield Hollow Main…
 37
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Jungle Face Chatfield Hollow Main…
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad, TR
Jolt or Not to Bolt (aka No… Chatfield Hollow Main…
 50
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
The Bloody Beetroots Chatfield Hollow Main…
 49
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Forearm Frenzy Chatfield Hollow Main…
 74
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Hollow Head Crew/Forearm Di… Chatfield Hollow Main…
 25
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
Psycho J Chatfield Hollow Main…
 16
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Zeitgeist Chatfield Hollow Main…
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
Shape Shifter Chatfield Hollow Main…
 43
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
The Cold Vein Chatfield Hollow Main…
 12
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Modern Collective Chatfield Hollow Main…
 4
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, Sport
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