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Nira Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 109'
Location: 42.3253, -71.10975 View Map  Incorrect?
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Nira Rock Urban Wild is a new, mostly undeveloped area in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. It is managed by a non-profit group called Friends of Nira Rock, and is free and open to the public. It is a puddingstone face with a variety of features and textures. There are currently two routes with bolted anchors, and the potential for many more routes, both top rope/sport and bouldering. It is an urban park, so beware of broken glass in and around the rocks.

Getting There 

From Downtown Boston: take the Green Line to Heath St. Walk southeast on Heath St. Turn right on Schiller St. Turn right onto Minden St. Turn right onto Grotto Glen Rd. At the end of Grotto Glen Rd, follow the paved path to the rocks.

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Uncharted 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Massachusetts : Nira Rock
Start directly behind the tree that looks like it has five trunks. The crux of the route is at the beginning, the first ten feet or so of the climb. After climbing the first ten feet, traverse to the diagonal hand crack about 5 feet to the left. There is a loose block in the crack, so be careful what you grab. Once you reach the crack, the rest of the climb is about a 5.6/5.7. Continue straight up to the bolted anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Massachusetts

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By Russ Keane
May 30, 2016
I bouldered the HELL out of this place while I lived in JP from 2012-2015. I'm sure I "put up" some lines.

Pretty sweet rock cropping to have in the city like that, and it's nestled in the trees and pretty quiet, normally you don't see anyone. For those who don't know, puddingstone is an interesting climbing experience. It's just like Hammond Pond here, but you can find some serious highball problems, and quite frankly it's what you might call "alpine bouldering" or "multi-pitch bouldering" because you are climbing well above safe fall zone, often to a little ledge, and then climb on to the top. Little solo's really.

The section where there are bolts is pretty slick and ridiculous. Not too much fun, but yeah, suppose you could top rope that very technical section. As for the other easier spots, you actually could toprope them, as I recall a bunch of hidden two-bolt anchors everywhere... in addition to some trees.

Enjoy! and think of me, the former JP bouldering hound who wanted to write a little book about it. Email me for the location of a really old piton in JP that you find on a SUPER high bouldering problem. It's a 40 foot chimney problem.

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