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This cliff has a long climbing history. The AMC climbed here in the 1950s. There is a ring piton on the Party Wall roof that looks like it is from that era. Ken Nichols is the source of most of the route information although there is no conclusive information as to who first climbed many of these routes. What route history is known is detailed at the end of the guide below. The cliff ranges from thirty to eighty feet in height and is about a quarter mile long. There is the potential for many routes here. There are three main areas: the Parking Lot Wall and a couple of climbs right around the corner, the Party Wall which is easily identified by its large roof, and the Orange (AKA Big) Wall which is the tallest at 85 feet high. Dave Fasulo's guidebook Rock Climbing Connecticut briefly describes Ross Rocks but it does not include any specific route information. Excerpt provided by:climbri.com

Getting There

From Providence and points east take Rt 6 west. After crossing the Connecticut border go four miles and at the top of a hill at a flashing yellow light you will see a sign on the left for Old Furnace State Park. Take this left (South Frantage Rd). After five tenths of a mile take a right on Ross Road. Go four tenths of a mile and take another right down a poorly paved road. You will see a Ross Pond State Park sign. Go about a half mile to the parking lot at the pond. The cliffs are up the hill in front of you starting at the parking lot wall and going north. Excerpt provided by:climbri.org

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Its a fun place if you are in the area. I saw the chalk marks/dots of "the douche" all over the base of some crack near the parking area. The crack looked pretty good actually for being 25' tall. Sep 5, 2012
Leominster, MA
JD1984   Leominster, MA
The routes more recently put up by Brian Phillips are quite excellent! This crag surprised me greatly! Very fun area! Mar 13, 2013
Leominster, MA
JD1984   Leominster, MA
That Rock & Ice issue is what turned my attention to Ross Pond.... only about 35 min away from me. I agree that the climbri.com site was quite useful, however it only seems to tap the potential of this interesting crag. Mar 14, 2013
Michael Smith
Framingham, MA
Michael Smith   Framingham, MA
went to Ross today, and La Mesa has been chopped. yes, the one from the cover of Rock and Ice. Mar 24, 2013
nick manning
nick manning   superior,az
wonder who did that... Mar 24, 2013
I wonder if that photo on the front page of rock and ice had anything to do with that..... just a thought Mar 24, 2013
S. Neoh  
Ming mentioned a blowtorch might have been used to "chop" the bolts. Were they glue-ins? Mar 24, 2013
bummer. it was a pretty good route. Mar 25, 2013
Leominster, MA
JD1984   Leominster, MA
Were the other sport routes damaged as well? What a Damn shame.... Sounds more like trying to make a statement than enforcing Trad ethics. Hopefully people see this before trying to lead it and nobody gets injured. Mar 25, 2013
Michael Smith
Framingham, MA
Michael Smith   Framingham, MA
my understanding is that there are/were only 3 sport routes there. we didn't check out the other 2 routes though as we were mostly there to climb the parking lot wall stuff. we couldn't pass up a chance to hike down and see something from a magazine cover though. Mar 26, 2013
Dave Curry
Warwick, RI
Dave Curry   Warwick, RI
There was another chopped on the Party wall. Mar 26, 2013
Leominster, MA
JD1984   Leominster, MA
What about the bolted climb on north end and the fixed gear on disneyworld? I would wager that he got them all..... Apparently somebody didn't like the way he was portrayed in the Rock and Ice article..... Mar 26, 2013
Logan, UT
Dmadison   Logan, UT
There is still one bolt clipping opportunity here if you know where to look Apr 24, 2013
guy bon  
This could be such a good crag if people would just leave the hardware alone. Id be interested in looking into some of those roofs. Anyone else? Oct 24, 2014
North Kingstown, RI
Brian   North Kingstown, RI
Dave Fasulo and I looked closely at the flake in the middle of the big roof on the Party Wall and determined that we couldn't even aid it due to the lack of any crack whatsoever. There are some big roofs on the North End that would probably go if you are into hand jamming cracks while dangling. Oct 25, 2014
Morgan Patterson   CT  
Bon... lets do it duder. Oct 27, 2014