Nike Base Rock Climbing
Routes in Nike Base
|Air-to-Ground T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R|
|Barrow Boy T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13|
|Counterforce T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|First Strike TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Guided Missile T,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c R|
|Masked Bandit T,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R|
|Nikemares T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c|
|Poisoned Apple T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13|
|Special Forces T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13|
|Wreckage T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c|
|GPS:||41.687, -72.835 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Kurtz on Oct 18, 2012|
DescriptionNike Base is a small, seldom-visited traprock (basalt) crag just south of Pinnacle Rock on the Metacomet Trail. It has a lovely view of the suburbs and is delightfully free of the broken beer bottles that adorn Pinnacle. Most climbs are 40-50 ft. tall. The ratings are old-school and stiff.
The crag is named for a Cold War era surface-to-air missile radar site that was located here and operational from 1956-61. You can still see remnants of the concrete and fences, especially if you walk a bit south on the Metacomet Trail. Read more at coldwar-ct.com
Access the bottom by scrambling down a brushy gully on climber's right or rappelling down. Bring a long static or webbing to set top rope anchors from trees.
Getting ThereFollow the driving and parking directions for Pinnacle Rock. As you head up the jeep trail from the road, continue past the large cement blocks another 100 yards to the top of the hill. Turn right onto the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail and walk 0.4 mile (about 20 minutes) to the top of the crag. You are 30 seconds from the crag top when the trail becomes a narrow rock ledge next to an old chainlink fence. When the trail opens up again, look for the distinctive jutting block on your right about 40 feet off the trail.
You can also get there by hiking north on the Metacomet Trail from New Britain Ave., but it's a much longer walk.
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