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This is a great spot for an after work session, being two minutes from the car and facing southwest so it gets great lighting at sunset. Some of this ledge is seriously highball/solo territory, so a short rope may be a good idea, especially for checking the cleanliness of the top-outs, but usually the highest ones ease off as they finish. This orange and gray wall is overhanging in places and fairly long.

On the left side is a short block with the Roadside Warm-up traverse and a couple contrived but fun routes on good holds, then the highest part of the main wall, with it decreasing in height as you move right.

Further right is an overhanging section covered with chunky holds where you can contrive lots of routes, but it currently needs a serious cleaning.

Continuing right, after a breakdown, is more of the nice orange rock with half a dozen somewhat broken up routes and variations on overhanging, comfortable jugs and slopers. Not a bad spot to warm up.

Getting There

Park on the south side of the road at the top of the hill along Rte 165, west of the intersection with Mt. Tom Road. You will see some white blazes where Mt Tom trail crosses. Be really careful parking and get well off the road. You are right at the crest of the hill, visibility is bad and people drive fast here. If you need to make a U-turn, do it further down the road where it is clearer.

The wall is visible on the south side, just inside of the woods past the trailhead. The trail continues up the hill above the wall.

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All of the obvious lines in the first section have been sent. A pretty high-quality area, right next to the car. Nice work, Everyone. Apr 8, 2014
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
It has had a little resurgence over the last year or two, so you might run into people there, but it is fairly quiet. It is about 15 min from my house, so if I just have a little time at the end of the day I can pop over there. As we get more things recleaned it will be better. Shoot me an email with your # if you wish and I can let you know if I am heading out to it or other nearby stuff. With the shorter days now, it is harder for me to get out after work, but if I am not going further afield on the weekend for roped climbing, I would be happy to show you some of the other local spots Dec 18, 2012
Bill Sacks
Sacramento, CA
Bill Sacks   Sacramento, CA
How often does this get climbed. I came across this area today when hiking and decided to check MP to see if there are any documented climbs...and here I am now. Looks like the ground is flat enough in parts to go solo with a pad, but partners are always nice. Dec 18, 2012
"Heaven" sent! Now we just have to get the "Spectacle Project" taken care of... Mar 26, 2012
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Go for it, Chris. Many lines were climbed in the past, but I am not sure how many actually got named. I certainly don't remember any. I don't think anybody would mind good names, and with your theater background, you are likely to come up with better ones than most.

I am really glad to see others taking an interest in cleaning and climbing here. It gets me psyched to put some time into it. Mar 25, 2012
I'm sure these climbs deserve better names, but I don't feel qualified to determine them - especially since many have probably been climbed for 25 years. I'm also open to revision and critique here, just trying to get these online. Nice. Mar 25, 2012
Joe M.    
There should be like 50 problems on this wall, even if most are drop off. The bottom of this wall looked like it would have tons of fun moves on cool holds. Feb 28, 2012
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
The Rhody Loadies, Ozone Alpine Club and friends used to climb on this wall a fair amount in the '80s. Whitey took me here early in my climbing career in the latter part of this period. Unfortunately, I don't remember who did what or know of any place where these routes have been recorded yet, so we will need to hear from them. Whitey? Ed?

The highest portion of the wall eases off near the top, but is quite high, so TRs are not a bad idea, though with adequate pads and spots you may be all right with care on your top outs. The right hand side gets less tall and has some steep juggy sections that currently need a good cleaning, but offer fun climbing. Towards the left side is a short block that has a good low traverse. Once all scrubbed up, this is probably the best single wall at Mt. Tom. Feb 9, 2012

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