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The Western Massachusetts Climbers’ Coalition (WMCC) is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer climbers’ organization that works to build inclusive relationships with diverse advocacy groups, state and local governments, landowners, and conservation groups to keep climbing areas open and accessible to climbers from all backgrounds, and to conserve the climbing environment in Western Massachusetts.

As we focus our efforts on new opportunities, you can help us reach our goals by checking out an upcoming event or just donating today! Becoming a member of the WMCC strengthens the local climbing community and puts us to work protecting our climbing resources.

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Porta Potty Fundraiser

Do you give a sh*t about keeping our crags free from human waste? We sure do! The WMCC pays $5,000 a year to maintain porta potties at each of our […]

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Ray Drewitz Memorial Fundraiser

The WMCC recently lost Ray Drewitz, 40, a beloved member of the Western Massachusetts climbing community. Friends of Ray are raising funds to dedicate a new welcome kiosk at Farley Ledges in […]

2024 Access & Demographics Survey

Want to help the WMCC from the comfort of your own home? Take our survey! We need as many people as possible to take our Access and Demographics survey. It […]

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Access Update for Farley Ledge

To respect the wishes of the landowners and preserve long term access to Farley, the WMCC is requesting that NO ONE CLIMB AT FARLEY AFTER DUSK. Climbers should leave Farley […]

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Happy Valley & The Hideaway

These two areas represent some of the finer bouldering in the Pioneer Valley. While these are technically two distinct areas, they are located from the same access point and are within a 10 minute hike of one another.
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Sunbowl

NEW PARKING LOT! SUNBOWL OPEN The aptly named Sunbowl is located in sleepy Sunderland, MA. Although the rock quality is fairly poor and the number of routes modest, the moderate grades, temperate micro-climate and easy access make this one of Western Massachusetts’s most popular crags for novice leaders or those seeking a quick workout.
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Chapel Ledge

Chapel Ledge is tucked away in the quiet hills of Ashfield, MA. This spectacular setting has strong roots to the climbing history in Western Mass and has evolved into one of the area's premier beginner crags.
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Farley Ledges

Many climbers traverse Route 2 in Farley, Massachusetts numerous times, looking for - but never quite catching sight of - Farley Ledges tucked behind the trees. While this search might prove to be an apt metaphor for one's entire trip, the high concentration of tall, hard routes and excellent bouldering make the effort worth it.
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Flag Rock

Flag Rock is a satellite climbing area in Great Barrington with about a dozen established boulder problems and good potential for further development. The climbs here range from tall moderates to classic harder lines featuring small holds and powerful movement. The approach is shared by a popular hiking trail on the back side of Monument Mountain that leads to a scenic overlook.
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Hanging Mountain

Hanging Mountain lays in the small, southwestern Massachusetts hamlet of Sandisfield, just three miles from the Connecticut border. The WMCC owns 14 acres of mountainside and jointly manages the area with Connecticut’s Ragged Mountain Foundation through a Joint Stewardship Committee.
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Roadside

The Roadside Crag is located in Montague, MA one mile from the entrance to Wendell State Forest and three quarters of a mile from Mormon Hollow.  This tiny cliff offers surprisingly pumpy but mostly moderate bouldering with a one minute approach.
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Reservoir Rocks

The boulders at Reservoir Rocks in Great Barrington is comprised of compact and finely textured Gneiss which lends itself to technical and aesthetic climbing. Although there does exist a large main face home to some great top roping routes the spotlight belongs on the fantastic bouldering at “the Res.”

The Dark Side

The Dark Side is, in many ways, the antithesis to Reservoir Rocks. It spreads through an older, shadier part of the forest and the boulders here are less trafficked, harder to get to, and spread out. Already grabbing your shoes and chalk, right? Yet for the enthusiastic climber willing to hike a little, some of the best boulder problems in Great Barrington can be found here.
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Mormon Hollow

Mormon Hollow sits inside the beautiful Wendell State Forest in Wendell, MA, just a few miles south and across the Millers River from Farley Ledges.  Although Mormon is smaller then Farley, its impeccable rock quality, high concentration of routes, and relative solitude make this crag a very worthy destination.

Skinner

The Skinner area is located on the southern edge of Hadley, Massachusetts inside the beautiful J. A. Skinner State Park.  Although modest in size, the high quality of both the stone and the routes themselves make Skinner an excellent destination for a solid day of climbing.
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Rose Ledge

Rose Ledge represents one of the region's most popular climbing destinations and deservedly so. The 40’-60’ cliff line contains a plethora of climbs for all abilities (5.4-5.13) though excels in both number and quality of moderate climbs.
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Rattlesnake Gutter

The Gutter, a deep boulder-strewn ravine located north of the gated road, contains an interesting boulderfield and  broken cliffbands where climbing is neither prohibited nor actively managed.