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Description

Rhode Island might be the smallest state in the union, but it has plenty to offer climbing wise if you are a fan of its more diminutive form. There is a well developed bouldering community here, with the main focus being Lincoln Woods State Park, just north west of Providence. Being close to the city and its numerous colleges, the boulders and ledges of the 600+ acre park have been climbed on extensively since the early 70s. The quality, number of routes and fact that it is often free of snow when other places are covered means frequent visitors from the neighboring states as well, all who have helped add lines and upped the grades. There are hundreds of established lines, currently up to V13-14.

Less well known, smaller, but sometimes high quality areas are scattered around the state, mostly in the western half, in the various management areas. If you want to take a break from the somewhat urban experience of Lincoln Woods and maybe find some new lines, exploring these other areas is recommended. There are gems out there in the State Management areas, like the excellent Lost Boulder in the Arcadia Management Area, new finds at Beach Pond on the RI/CT border, and a few prized boulders at Black Hut, Rockville and Wickaboxet. The newly accessible Rocky Point bouldering is becoming popular with its overhanging good quality rock.

There is not much for roped climbing. Unfortunately, the best areas for that have been closed, like Diamond Hill and Long Pond. There is a bit of top roping and short trad leads available on the ledges of Durfee Hill, Snake Den, Mt. Tom and Breakheart Ledge (Arcadia), Beach Pond and Wickaboxet. Beach Pond has a handful of recently bolted easy sport climbs. For nearby, more extensive roped climbing, you are usually better off heading over the border to Connecticut or Mass.

Getting There

The smallest state in the U.S., south of Massachusetts and east of Connecticut.

Beta

Rhode Island is a fairly urban area and as such, the most popular climbing area, Lincoln Woods, tends to reflect that. There is not much camping available. However, the climbing is challenging and interesting and there is a vibrant local community.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rhode Island

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V0 4
 110
Cave Warm Up
Boulder
V2 5+
 181
The Wave
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 123
Mack's Traverse
Boulder
V3 6A
 114
Peace Dove
Boulder
V3 6A
 133
The Quiet Buddhist
Boulder
V3 6A
 84
Static Heart
Boulder
V4 6B
 147
Iron Cross
Boulder
V4 6B
 75
Heart of Glass
Boulder
V4 6B
 150
Neil's Lunge
Boulder
V4 6B
 116
The Pond Cave Traverse
Boulder
V5 6C
 96
Try Again
Boulder
V5 6C
 57
The Executioner
Boulder
V5 6C
 76
Sit Down Traverse
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
 73
Hat's Off
Boulder
V6+ 7A
 86
Loadies Zen
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cave Warm Up Lincoln Woods > Warm Up Area ak… > Warm Up Cave
 110
V0 4 Boulder
The Wave Lincoln Woods > Great Slab / Wave Bou…
 181
V2 5+ Boulder
Mack's Traverse Lincoln Woods > Warm Up Area ak… > Mack's traverse
 123
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Peace Dove Lincoln Woods > Peace Dove Area > Peace Dove Boulder
 114
V3 6A Boulder
The Quiet Buddhist Lincoln Woods > Pond Cave Area > Pond Cave
 133
V3 6A Boulder
Static Heart Lincoln Woods > Lower Heart
 84
V3 6A Boulder
Iron Cross Lincoln Woods > Warm Up Area ak… > Iron Cross Boulder
 147
V4 6B Boulder
Heart of Glass Lincoln Woods > Heart Boulder
 75
V4 6B Boulder
Neil's Lunge Lincoln Woods > Warm Up Area ak… > Warm Up Cave
 150
V4 6B Boulder
The Pond Cave Traverse Lincoln Woods > Pond Cave Area > Pond Cave
 116
V4 6B Boulder
Try Again Lincoln Woods > Try Again Boulder
 96
V5 6C Boulder
The Executioner Lincoln Woods > Tombstone
 57
V5 6C Boulder
Sit Down Traverse Lincoln Woods > Sit Down area /… > Split Rock
 76
V5 6C Boulder
Hat's Off Lincoln Woods > Sit Down area /… > Pedestal Boulder
 73
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Loadies Zen Lincoln Woods > Try Again Boulder
 86
V6+ 7A Boulder
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