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Eastern Highlands Rock Climbing 

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Climbing is Northeastern CT is far from a destination, although some good stuff can be found, especially if it is your local place (read: Attend UConn)

Getting There 

I-91 and I-395 make up the terminus of this region while I-84 and Rt 2 provide access to many areas with realitve ease.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

47 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eastern Highlands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eastern Highlands:
Star Fire   5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Wolf Rock : Upper Tier
The Whale   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Wolf Rock : Lower Tier
Blanket Party   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   Wolf Rock : Upper Tier
Devil's Lettuce   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Ross Rocks : Party Wall
Slippery When Wet   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Ross Rocks : Parking Lot Wall
La Losa   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Ross Rocks : Party Wall
Good Book   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Ross Rocks : Parking Lot Wall
Standard route   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 40'   50 Footer
Tincture of Benzoin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Ross Rocks : Parking Lot Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Party wall

Devil's Lettuce 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Connecticut : Eastern Highlands : ... : Party Wall
Pull right around the small overhung block and make your way through the dihedral to the face to the left of the large roof. Pumpy gear placement....[more]   Browse More Classics in Connecticut

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By tom selleck
Apr 25, 2008
All these areas are great for toproping. Fifty footer is the steepest and hardest of them all. If you wanna practice some moderate leading wolf rock is decent. If you can't find a partner pothole hosts a good 5.10 traverse across the whole formation and some individual boulder problems. I never climbed at ross rock...or I just don't remember it.
The best climbing gym is an hour away, Prime Climb in Wallingford CT. Those guys know what they're doin.

I started my climbing "career" on these rocks and I glad I moved out west. I'll be surprised if anybody even reads this.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 18, 2008
Connecticut's first 5.13 sport route is located in NE Connecticut.

By ctmeg
From: Middletown, CT
Feb 3, 2009
For 5 minutes away from a great university campus, you can't hate too hard on 50-foot. I got strong enough there to climb my first 5.12 in CO

and besides its CT, there's always more the locals aren't talking about :)
By Pal Pocsi
From: Budapest, Hungary
Nov 29, 2009
Today I climbed at Pot Hole and I have to say that while it's not a destination crag, it was quite fun. Apparently it's on private land but the owner is OK with climbers as long as they are respectful. Some of the routes offer good protection and can be lead. Setting up top ropes is easy if you have some long sections of webbing or static rope. I haven't been to 50 Footer yet or Ross Rock but Wolf Rock is a great spot and that is open to public use.
By Brian
From: North Kingstown, RI
Dec 2, 2009
I'm suprised that there isn't any mention of, and more climbing at, Ross Rocks in Killingly. There are cliffs there 80 ft high. It is largely frequented by Rhode Islanders but it is in Connecticut.
By Pal Pocsi
From: Budapest, Hungary
Dec 7, 2009
Wow, those pics of Ross Rocks look great Brian! I'll try my best and get out there soon to check out some of the routes. Do you know the protection ratings of any of the routes?
By Brian
From: North Kingstown, RI
Dec 9, 2009
Pal Pocsi,
There are a few well protected routes there. The 5.5 and the 5.8 "Slippery When Wet" on the Parking Lot Wall, the 5.9 "Good Book" around the corner take adequate gear. The 5.8 roof on the Party Wall is leadable but probably PG-13. This is assuming that you are competent/experienced at placing gear. And remember that these are Connecticut ratings. For example the 5.8 crack on the Parking Lot Wall takes great gear but it has to be placed while hanging/jamming in a tenuous position. I know of one broken ankle that occurred on this climb because the guy was leading above his competent grade level.
By Ed L
From: Slowida
Mar 30, 2010
I also started my climbing career in the Storrs area. No matter if I'm camped in Indian Creek or at the bottom of the Black, Pothole and Wolfrock will always have a special piece of my heart. I always pack my shoes when I travel back to Mansfield. I have broke in more than one pair by standing in the Fenton river below pothole. The ROOTS! Tome Sellec, where are you climbing now?
By Devin Kelly
Jul 23, 2012
Where is ct's first 5.13 sport route in NE connecticut?
By Brian
From: North Kingstown, RI
Jun 11, 2014
>>By Devin Kelly
>>Jul 23, 2012
>>Where is ct's first 5.13 sport route in NE connecticut?

On heavily posted private property.

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