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Fat and Happy area Rock Climbing 

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Location: 41.57035, -71.73636 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: M Sprague, Joe M., Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M Sprague on May 15, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: The prow project, Fat and Happy Boulder


A new area has been found and recently (2015) has seen some development. It is about 5 minutes hike west of the main trail and consists of a small ledge about 20' tall at its highest and a long boulder with a great traverse and a potentially harder project up an overhanging prow. The ledge has a bunch of easier cracks and potential for probably a few harder lines.

This quiet, out of the way spot faces west, so gets afternoon sun, seems to dry quickly and has good quality rock with generally flat landings.

For now this can include the various scattered problems between the Trailside Wall and Fat and Happy.

Getting There 

It is about a 12 min hike from rt 165, 6 minutes off trail. Hike the white blaze Mt Tom Trail south from 165 ~ 5-6 minutes until you pass along the top of the Trailside Wall (Pineline etc.) . Just after the southern end of that ledge, leave the trail to the right (west) and head a couple hundred feet towards a large clump of rock (the Blair Bldr.)Pass around its left side and continue past another broken ledge with some very marginal little caves and then a ledge about 25' tall (not much real bouldering there) Don't get drawn down the valley on your left (though there is a little potential down there, but hook around right after the 25' wall and the ledge will regrow. Once you see the 14' tall prow you will know you are there.

Climbing Season

For the Arcadia Management Area area.

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Heel hook traverse

Fat and Happy V4+ 6B+  Rhode Island : Arcadia Management Area : ... : Fat and Happy area
The boulder sort of sits on a ledge. Sit start about as far right as you comfortably can without feeling like you will fall off the ledge, hands on a nice fat sloper with a crease in the back, feet on a triangular structure at the base. Traverse left using a couple right heel hooks until you get to the lip. Keep hand traversing around the boulder until you get to the back and can throw a foot into the notch and top out...[more]   Browse More Classics in Rhode Island

Photos of Fat and Happy area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Part of F&H, from the top of the prow proj
Part of F&H, from the top of the prow proj
Rock Climbing Photo: Angle of the prow project, Fat and Happy Boulder. ...
BETA PHOTO: Angle of the prow project, Fat and Happy Boulder. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: project in small formation of rocks behind blair w...
project in small formation of rocks behind blair w...
Rock Climbing Photo: project in valley on left before fat and happy are...
project in valley on left before fat and happy are...
Rock Climbing Photo: The ledge you pass just before getting to this are...
BETA PHOTO: The ledge you pass just before getting to this are...
Rock Climbing Photo: Small Overhang
BETA PHOTO: Small Overhang

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By Sean Gilman
Jun 8, 2015
a little confused as to where this is.... where is it in relation to the egg boulder?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 8, 2015
Ha, just noticed an extra link was making half the directions not show. It should be corrected now. The area is directly on the other side of the main trail from the Egg. Head west instead of east off trail.
By Sean Gilman
Jun 8, 2015
ok yeah i thought that was where you were talking about. if you cross the path directly where egg is there is a ton of boulders back there. the first one you come to has a very nice line up the middle maybe v5ish. you should have seen it... i will post pics.. and more behind that with 2 projects i have not done yet. i will add to the area you created for completeness on that page. never saw that prow though...looks cool
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 9, 2015
I did see some chalk on the way in and was wondering what they were. There is definitely more worthy looking stuff between the trail and the Fat and Happy area.

Organizationally, if we include this whole area under the "Fat and Happy Area" moniker, since it is scattered, we will need to have really good individual directions for each problem. This would work ok until we start getting more routes. Or, if you have a name for this general region, we could go right ahead and make an area by that name and I can move the F&H sub area into it. Then we can make more sub areas for other route clusters.

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