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L to R R to L Alpha
Cleft, The T,TR 
Cracker Jack T,TR 
Flutterby TR 
Free and Easy T,TR 
Half and Half T,TR 
Happy Slab TR 
Hidden Magic TR 
Milk Run T,TR 
No Reverse Traverse T 
Old Tree T,TR 
Pipe Cleaner T,TR 
Pudding Face TR 
Shortcake TR 
Toy Surprise TR 
Your Lead TR 
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Lower Walls Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 20'
Location: 42.32392, -71.17326 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jan 14, 2007
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This is one of the more popular walls here. It is probably all of only 35 ft or less, but it is great fun for the beginner climber. Many a climber has cut his or her climbing teeth here. It faces east. Some of these climbs can be led. For history buffs, there is an ancient bolt here. Who placed it and when? Long slings are necessary for top rope anchors here. Be careful at the edge with wet leaves around. Nice photo, top row, 2nd photo


Left Wall
A. Happy Slabs, 4
B. Shortcake, 8
C. Old Tree, 2
D. Half and Half, 4
E. Pudding Face, 6
F. Milk Run, 3, 1p, 35', gear.
G. Pipe Cleaner, 5
H. Free and Easy, 4
I. Flutterby, 6
J. Your Lead, 7
K. Hidden Magic, 7, 30', TR.
L. Cracker Jack, 6, 1p, 35', gear.
M. Toy Surprise, 6
N. The Cleft, 4
No Reverse Traverse, 7

Middle Wall
A. unknown, 3
B. unknown, 4
C. unknown, 3
D. unknown, 2
E. unknown, 3
F. unknown, 2

Right Wall
A. unknown,2
B. unknown, 4
C. unknown, 1
D. unknown, 4
E. unknown, 4

Getting There 

This lies closest to Hammond Pond. It is probably best to park close to the south side of Hammond Pond. Then hike north along a dirt road. Take the right fork. This should put you below the crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Walls:
Old Tree   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, TR   
The Cleft   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Free and Easy   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR   
Pipe Cleaner   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR   
Cracker Jack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Toy Surprise   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR   
Hidden Magic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Pudding Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR   
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Your Lead 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Massachusetts : Hammond Pond : ... : Lower Walls
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Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Lower Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: KC checking out someone's unwelcome graffiti on th...
KC checking out someone's unwelcome graffiti on th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Two nice finger cracks on the lower (main) wall at...
Two nice finger cracks on the lower (main) wall at...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another view of the lower (main) wall. December 20...
Another view of the lower (main) wall. December 20...
Rock Climbing Photo: A close up of the pudding-stone type rock found at...
A close up of the pudding-stone type rock found at...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hammond Pond - Lower Wall a.k.a. Main Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Hammond Pond - Lower Wall a.k.a. Main Wall.

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By RM11
Jul 20, 2011
I think this is the wall we used last evening for me to learn setting up a top rope and rappelling. My first time, it was a lot more fun than I thought and a lot less scary than I expected. I also climbed two routes here, but I am not sure of the names. Will have to research. Living so close to it, I think we'll be back more often - I loved the fact that there was no one else was there, no lines or waiting, very peaceful, and also easy for a beginner, good for me to learn with no pressure.
By Steve Moulding
From: New York
Jun 12, 2012
In the late '80s, Hammond Pond was the local climbing area for the Brandeis Outdoors and Mountain Club. The lower walls were great for top-roping and beginner trips. In the depths of winter, often at night, we'd also practice aid climbing the cracks using nuts and hexes.
By Ken Cangi
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Mar 18, 2013
I put a lot of mileage on these walls in the early '80s - as many as 20 to 30 laps per day - not including Alcove bouldering. A tucked-away gem in the middle of hectic, urban living.

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