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Highway 233 Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: opusgrooves on Sep 8, 2016
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In recent years, boulder development has seen a major boom in Acadia National Park, and this area is no exception. Local crusher, Jonathan Hogue, has been busy scrubbing and cleaning rocks in many areas including Canada Cliffs, The Precipice, Highway 3/Highway 233, Beech Cliff, and more! (He has also been busy replacing anchors/bolts, so thank him if you see him out climbing and cleaning!)

On the side of highway 233 sits a majestic highball boulder problem. Trees once impeded climbing here, but thanks to recent work from Maine State Transportation Department the trees were removed allowing for boulder development on this pristine block.

First established by Jonathan Hogue, this boulder was scoped out by many local climbers before being put it up in 2016. (Be cautious climbing here as it's not only a highball with an awkward landing, but tourists have a tendency to stop and ask questions, or simply try to talk to you while you're climbing!)

During the development phase, Jonathan would be hanging off the side of this tall boulder in a harness, scrubbing and cleaning for hours on end, and many times tourists would stop, impeding traffic and causing near accidents in the process, simply to "watch." It's annoying, so please expect this type of thing when/if climbing here. Local authorities stopped as well, but each gave permission to climb as long as parking was done on the far side of the highway at an obvious "shoulder." Please park here as to not cause problems for local authorities, (who're climbers themselves).

Getting There 

From the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 233 towards Bar Harbor, the boulder is situated right on the side of the road and CLEARLY visible.

It's literally 10 ft. from the highway, thus requires caution.

Be mindful and respect parking precautions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Playing Hookie V3- 6A PG13  Maine : Acadia National Park : Highway 233 Boulders
On the right side of the boulder, sit start low on decent side-pulls at the obvious 'ledge.' Manage to get your feet on the ledge and, from here, make a big throw, (or REALLY technical move), up the corner to a sloping top out. Top out in the very middle of the proud line, maybe 20 feet off the ground at its apex....[more]   Browse More Classics in Maine

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By Ryan Murphy 18
From: maine (bar harbor)
Sep 22, 2016
seems like a blast i plan on taking a swing that the problems you set in the next few days. :]
By opusgrooves
Sep 22, 2016
They are certainly worth climbing. Let me know what you think of them. To date, they're some of my favorite problems I've personally established. Have fun and be safe up there!
By opusgrooves
Oct 24, 2016
Did you climb them @ Ryan Murphy?!

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