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Cathole Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 350'
Location: 41.55965, -72.81109 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Overview of Cathole


Cathole is a small but worthwhile traprock (basalt) crag located just north of the Meriden Mall. Cathole is popular because it offer routes at all levels of difficulty and the approach is very short.

While there are some excellent leads, most routes are top roped. There is no fixed hardware so always try to build a gear anchor before using long static rope/webbing to reach trees that are well back from the cliff edge. Watch for sharp edges.

Cathole is notorious for loose rock so wear a helmet at all times.

Road traffic can be quite heavy and the resulting noise makes it very difficult to communicate. Plan accordingly.

The Main Walls area contains 99% of the climbing. The Southern Wall has only a handful of routes.

See Ragged Mountain Foundation for access details.

Getting There 

Drive 0.4 miles north from the junction of Rt. 71 (Chamberlain Highway) and Kensington Ave. in Meriden, CT. Hop the curb and park alongside the road on the right (east side).

If travelling south on Rt. 71, it's best to spot the parking area on your left as you pass, then continue 100 yards further and turn around in the large gated driveway on your left.

The approach trail starts at the north (uphill) end of the parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cathole Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cathole Mountain:
Golden Book   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 70'   Main Walls
Pegasus   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 70'   Main Walls
Arrowhead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Saturday Night Special   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
White Fandango   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Realm of the Senses   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
Fool's Mate   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
Cat-o-Nine-Tails   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Mind Bender Direct   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
Feline   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Main Walls
Millions of Dead Dogs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
Jaguar   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Walls
Imperial Wizard   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Walls
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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of Fool's Mate

Fool's Mate 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Connecticut : Central Valley : ... : Main Walls
An intimidating, old-school 5.9 that deserves more traffic. The moves are interesting and varied. Excellent rock quality (for Cathole).Climb up to the overhang and try to figure out the crux (next to the first overlap) before you pump out. Catch your breath and follow the crack past the other two overlaps, then step left and continue straight up the finger crack and varnish to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Connecticut

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Rock Climbing Photo: Parking area. Arrow shows approach trail.
BETA PHOTO: Parking area. Arrow shows approach trail.

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By Morgan Patterson
From: CT
Oct 31, 2014
Good catch Steve, thanks... updated!

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