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Amphitheater

Connecticut > Central Valley > E Peak
Access Issue: Permits Required to Climb on City of Meriden, CT properties. Details

Description

Some of the best long routes in Connecticut are in the Ampitheater including Cat Crack (5.10) and Dol Guldur (5.11) Reaching heights of 110', there are a variety of face climbs, chimneys to off widths to fingers and hands- something for everyone. The scenery is incredible, especially in the Fall, when the Ampitheater is best. A great spot for cold weather climbing.

Getting There

Follow the Metacomet (Blue Blazed Trail) from the Castle parking lot, for about 10 minutes to an overlook characterized by the bulge that rises to block the view (somewhat elusive for the first timer, meet up with someone who knows the area).

Routes from Left to Right

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 2
The Window
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 4
Grey Corner
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 26
Rat Crack
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 1
Toxic Shock
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 37
Cat Crack
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 5
Volcanic Eruption
TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 22
Dol Guldur
Trad, TR
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 3
In the Presence of God
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 16
Squirrel Cage
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 11
Sickle
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 8
Superstructure
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Black Corner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 2
Stepping Razor
TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 1
Pearly Gates
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Window
 2
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, TR
Grey Corner
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Rat Crack
 26
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Toxic Shock
 1
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a TR
Cat Crack
 37
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Volcanic Eruption
 5
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b TR
Dol Guldur
 22
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad, TR
In the Presence of God
 3
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c TR
Squirrel Cage
 16
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sickle
 11
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Superstructure
 8
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R TR
Black Corner
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Stepping Razor
 2
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Pearly Gates
 1
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c TR

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Eastvillage on "Black Corner" 5.8<br>
East Peak, Amphitheater
[Hide Photo] Eastvillage on "Black Corner" 5.8 East Peak, Amphitheater
Merimere Reservoir from the top of Amphitheater.
[Hide Photo] Merimere Reservoir from the top of Amphitheater.
Mikko, on "Black Corner" 5.8<br>
Amphitheater, East Peak
[Hide Photo] Mikko, on "Black Corner" 5.8 Amphitheater, East Peak

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

M Sprague
New England
[Hide Comment] Isn't there a Sam Streibert TR 13a just to the right of Dol Goldur? Anybody remember the name? Mar 1, 2013
[Hide Comment] In the Presence of God. Mar 3, 2013
M Sprague
New England
[Hide Comment] That was it. Thanks, Greg. Mar 3, 2013