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This cliff has a long climbing history. The AMC climbed here in the 1950s. There is a ring piton on the Party Wall roof that looks like it is from that era. Ken Nichols is the source of most of the route information although there is no conclusive information as to who first climbed many of these routes. What route history is known is detailed at the end of the guide below. The cliff ranges from thirty to eighty feet in height and is about a quarter mile long. There is the potential for many routes here. There are three main areas: the Parking Lot Wall and a couple of climbs right around the corner, the Party Wall which is easily identified by its large roof, and the Orange (AKA Big) Wall which is the tallest at 85 feet high. Dave Fasulo's guidebook Rock Climbing Connecticut briefly describes Ross Rocks but it does not include any specific route information. Excerpt provided by:

Getting There 

From Providence and points east take Rt 6 west. After crossing the Connecticut border go four miles and at the top of a hill at a flashing yellow light you will see a sign on the left for Old Furnace State Park. Take this left (South Frantage Rd). After five tenths of a mile take a right on Ross Road. Go four tenths of a mile and take another right down a poorly paved road. You will see a Ross Pond State Park sign. Go about a half mile to the parking lot at the pond. The cliffs are up the hill in front of you starting at the parking lot wall and going north. Excerpt provided by:

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ross Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ross Rocks:
Devil's Lettuce   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Party Wall
Slippery When Wet   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Parking Lot Wall
La Losa   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Party Wall
Good Book   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Parking Lot Wall
Tincture of Benzoin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Parking Lot Wall
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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 T Roper
Sep 5, 2012
Its a fun place if you are in the area. I saw the chalk marks/dots of "the douche" all over the base of some crack near the parking area. The crack looked pretty good actually for being 25' tall.
By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Mar 13, 2013
The routes more recently put up by Brian Phillips are quite excellent! This crag surprised me greatly! Very fun area!
By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Mar 14, 2013
That Rock & Ice issue is what turned my attention to Ross Pond.... only about 35 min away from me. I agree that the site was quite useful, however it only seems to tap the potential of this interesting crag.
By Michael Smith
From: Framingham, MA
Mar 24, 2013
went to Ross today, and La Mesa has been chopped. yes, the one from the cover of Rock and Ice.
By nick manning
From: superior,az
Mar 24, 2013
wonder who did that...
By GymRat
Mar 24, 2013
I wonder if that photo on the front page of rock and ice had anything to do with that..... just a thought
By S. Neoh
Mar 24, 2013
Ming mentioned a blowtorch might have been used to "chop" the bolts. Were they glue-ins?
By T Roper
Mar 25, 2013
bummer. it was a pretty good route.
By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Mar 25, 2013
Were the other sport routes damaged as well? What a Damn shame.... Sounds more like trying to make a statement than enforcing Trad ethics. Hopefully people see this before trying to lead it and nobody gets injured.
By Michael Smith
From: Framingham, MA
Mar 26, 2013
my understanding is that there are/were only 3 sport routes there. we didn't check out the other 2 routes though as we were mostly there to climb the parking lot wall stuff. we couldn't pass up a chance to hike down and see something from a magazine cover though.
By Dave Curry
From: Warwick, RI
Mar 26, 2013
There was another chopped on the Party wall.
By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Mar 26, 2013
What about the bolted climb on north end and the fixed gear on disneyworld? I would wager that he got them all..... Apparently somebody didn't like the way he was portrayed in the Rock and Ice article.....
By Dmadison
From: Logan, UT
Apr 24, 2013
There is still one bolt clipping opportunity here if you know where to look
By guy bon
Oct 24, 2014
This could be such a good crag if people would just leave the hardware alone. Id be interested in looking into some of those roofs. Anyone else?
By Brian
From: North Kingstown, RI
Oct 25, 2014
Dave Fasulo and I looked closely at the flake in the middle of the big roof on the Party Wall and determined that we couldn't even aid it due to the lack of any crack whatsoever. There are some big roofs on the North End that would probably go if you are into hand jamming cracks while dangling.
By Morgan Patterson
From: CT
Oct 27, 2014
Bon... lets do it duder.

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