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2011 RENDEZVOUS RECAP

RENDEZVOUS RECAP Thanks to everyone who ventured out to support the WMCC at the Western Mass Rendezvous on October 1st. While the weather put a damper on the outdoor events, […]

Urban Adopt-A-Crag, April 30, 2011

Urban Adopt-A-Crag, April 30, 2011 Hi folks- With the arrival of Spring and Arbor Day on Friday, the air is filled with green. Our friends at the Central Rock Gym […]

2010 Western Mass Rendezvous

The WMCC 2010 Western Mass Rendezvous October 2nd 8:00 AM Wendell State Forest Tickets are now available online through the WMCC website (www.westernmacc.com). Click the PayPal tab and mention Rendezvous […]

Notes from the 2016 3rd-Quarterly Meeting of the Board

Meeting Notes Western Massachusetts Climber’s Coalition 3rd Quarterly Meeting August 17th, 2016, 7:00pm Central Rock Gym, Hadley, MA Board Logistics   Posting minutes Minutes will be posted via Facebook, Website […]

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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.
at edge of chapel ledge, rock and trees

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.
roadside crag cliff face and overhang

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.
yellow wall at Farley, trees surround top of cliff

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.
climber lunges on boulder

Reservoir Rocks in Great Barrington

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.”
climber descends from cliff on top rope

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.
Profile view of female climber on arête, silhouette against the setting sun.

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.
A large boulder covered in snow.

Flag Rock in Great Barrington

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.
dark forest gives way to grey cliff walls

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.

The Dark Side in Great Barrington

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.
rock climber on cliff face

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.
Arial view of Hanging Mountain cliff.

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.

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.