Boulder, 8 ft,
Avg: 3.7 from 24
FA: Bob Van Belle in 1989
> Hammond Pond
> Temple Area
> Hermit's Cave Area
> Hermit's Cave
Start back in the cave on fantastic juggy underclings with decent feet on the wall. Power out of the cave using roof beta to a hard cross move on the small arete feature. Once gaining the seam, traverse left to a very tricky mantle topout for the grade. Thank goodness it isn't highball!
Starting further back in the cave may add a grade.
This is a super classic climb that gives us in Boston a little taste of roof climbing, and is totally uncharacteristic for Hammond Pond and a very worthy tick for being so close to the city. Any visit to the Temple Overhangs or Pusherman Wall should include a stop here.
Boston Rocks Ed. 2 gives this a classically sandbagged 5.10/V1 rating.
From the left end of Pusherman Wall, walk roughly north for about 100 yards. The cave is very obvious, especially when foliage is thin.
Walk off the back.
Pad under the lip, a spotter is nice for encouragement on the mantle.
Coming out of the cave.