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Kenmore Walls aka Back Bay Fens

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Kenmore Walls aka Back Bay Fens Rock Climbing 

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These are buildering areas in Boston on near vertical retaining walls of quality granite near less-than-quality surroundings. Due to the lack of parking, a bicycle is best for accessing this. This is located in the Kenmore Square area near Brookline Village. These areas lies off Brookline Ave. Some anchors are possible, but bouldering is the most likely form of climbing here. Homeless folks do frequent some of the areas, but they don’t usually provide much of a spot. Hot Henry liked this climbing.

There are 5 walls here: Tall Wall, Short Wall, Charlesgate, and Olmstead Park (probably the nicest setting of the bunch). Apparently, there is a traverse on the Longwood Wall in Brookline.

It would be fairly challenging to make girdle traverses on these structures.

Getting There 

Olmstead Park wall is located south of the intersection of Hwy 9 & Brookline Ave, near Leverett Pond in Olmstead Park. The other 3 walls are located near Park Drive & I-90 in Boston.

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Abracadabra 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Massachusetts : Kenmore Walls aka Back Bay ... : Charlesgate
This is a nice buildering problem which ascends the corner created by the left turret. It makes for a nice stemming problem. A belay is probably wisest since it's the last 2 feet that make this line exciting. Pick a cool day, don't sweat, check out the top before committing sans rope....[more]   Browse More Classics in Massachusetts

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By john strand
From: southern colo
Jun 17, 2008
This area has some fierce and fingery climbing. Originally climbed on by the Harvard/ MIT crews Including Willie Crowther, Kevin Bein and Bob Bates. I think the hardest route was rated 5.9, MAYBE 5.10 !!! Try a few and give your own comments, remember no pads, bad shoes and no spotters !


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