Elevation: 615 ft
GPS: 42.59258, -72.43472
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The Sanctuary is a small outcropping of rock located high up on Bear Mountain in Wendell Ma. The cliff is quaint (30 - 40 feet tall max) and generally quiet. There are about 15 sport routes here from 5.7 to 5.12. The style is mostly vertical to off vertical with a couple slightly steeper routes mixed in. While there may be no "classic" routes here, most are quite fun and challenging. The mountain is also littered with some quality established boulder problems. This crag is a great alternative to Farley on a busy day as it is only a few minutes down the road. The approach is steep and the cliff can be difficult to find if you have not been there. 

The Sanctuary and it's parking is located on private property owned by Mann Lumber Company. Thomas Mann graciously allows climbers to use the land but asks that no route information be posted online at this time. He also asks that no new bolts be placed in the cliff. Tread lightly!

Getting There

The Sanctuary can be quite hard to find and more than a few folks have gotten lost trying. It is best to go with someone who knows where it it.

From I-91, follow Route 2 east until you cross into Erving and the hamlet of Farley. Just past the Farley Ledge lot is Bridge Street on your right (left if you are coming from points east). This will take you across the Miller's River (towards the overflow parking lot for Farley). At the train tracks the road makes a sharp right and turns into Farley Rd. Follow this up the hill for about .5 miles until you see Old Farley Road on your left. This is a dirt road. Drive in a bit less than a ¼ mile and park in a large dirt lot on the right. There should be a plaque that says "Mann Lumber Co" somewhere in this lot.  The pin should be fairly accurate.

Find a faint trail that leads straight up the hill for about 200 yards from the parking lot. (Hint: there is one on either side of the lot. The one on the left is slightly more defined). When you reach an old logging road, take a right and follow this for awhile until it turns uphill and splits. There should be a stream (gully/dropoff) down on your right here and some big boulders on your left. Take the left fork, up the hill, and continue to follow that until you reach the cliff. The trail makes a few turns and starts to peter out, but a faint trail can be followed the whole way. The approach should take 20-30 minutes. 

Reporting Climbing Anchor or Trail Maintenance Issues to the WMCC

If you encounter an issue with a bolt anchor or a trail maintenance issue at any Western Mass crag that the WMCC stewards, please let us know about it by filling out this form: Western Massachusetts Hardware Replacement and Crag Maintenance Reporting Form

Non-Liability Policy for Fixed Anchors and Rock Climbing:

"The WMCC shall assist landowners, land managers and other pertinent individuals regarding fixed anchor applications and make recommendations concerning fixed anchors based upon aesthetic and natural resource criteria. The custom and practice in the climbing community is for individual climber members of the community to install and maintain fixed anchors and other hardware. The WMCC itself does not install or maintain any fixed anchors or other hardware and shall make no representations or warranties regarding the safety, reliability, or suitability for use of any fixed anchors or other hardware, currently existing or installed in the future, on any climbing route or otherwise. Moreover, the WMCC shall make no representations or warranties regarding the degree of hazard or danger involved, or lack thereof, on any rock climbing route or access trail."

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