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Arial view of Hanging Mountain cliff.

Hanging Mountain

Currently Closed

Will Open: Once all requirements of the MESA review have been met

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. The RMF split the purchase of this parcel with the WMCC, creating the only climber owned area in Southern New England.

This approximately 1000-foot-long series of southeast facing cliffs, ranging from approximately 60 to 240 feet in height, contains granite, granitic gneiss, and large pockets of friable schist. As the name may suggest, portions of Hanging Mountain can be unstable, at times shedding significant amounts of stone: once open, wear a helmet, especially when belaying, and expect to encounter at least some loose rock.

MESA Review

Most of the 14-acre property at Hanging Mountain has been designated as Priority Habitat by MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP). As a result, Hanging Mountain and any work performed there is heavily regulated to ensure that the WMCC is in compliance with the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act and Wetlands Protection Act.

The WMCC recently submitted and received approval of a Land Management Plan, the first step in the important process to develop Hanging Mountain in compliance with state regulations. The WMCC has also filed a Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) Review, which has been approved. The WMCC is now completing a few projects that the MESA review required. Once the projects outlined in the MESA review are complete, Hanging Mountain will open to the public.

Visiting Hanging Mountain now could bring this whole process to a halt and/or prevent the WMCC from ever earning a permit to climb here.

The WMCC will continue to work with NHESP developing plans and receiving approval for future projects to develop more of the Hanging Mountain Property. More information about NHESP can be found here.

Parking

Parking is currently closed.

Map

Click here for a link to the interactive map above of all the Western Mass crags discussed on this site.

Donate to Hanging Mountain

In Nov. of 2019, the WMCC and Ragged Mountain Foundation accepted a $79,500.00 Climbing Conservation Loan from the Access Fund to purchase the Hanging Mountain property. Since then, the WMCC has invested $31,750 into the driveway and parking lot and more on materials for trail work and biological surveys. We need your help to pay off the Access Fund loan and fund future projects. There are still trails and other infrastructure to develop in 2022. Thank you for your support!

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Hanging Mountain Update

We hope to announce a date for the soft opening of Phase One in the next two to three weeks! We are currently awaiting permitting before opening, and Hanging Mountain remains closed to the public at this time.

 

The 2020 Phase One opening of Hanging Mountain will include six crags on the right side of the cliff, featuring about 60 established pitches of diverse grades and styles. The left side of the cliff is still largely undeveloped and will not be open until Phase Two in 2021.

 

We want to thank everyone for their continued support of such an epic project!

 

Volunteers stand near the new Hanging Mountain kiosks in the Hanging Mountain parking lot.

Photo by Dan Jazwinski

Hanging Mountain Zoom Presentation Oct. 7th

-Hanging Mountain Zoom Presentation-

Wed. Oct. 7th, 7:00-8:00pm

 

Curious about what the WMCC/RMF Joint Stewardship Committee has been working on this summer? Join us on Zoom for an eye opening presentation on the Conservation Easement and Management Plan, MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, a brief overview of routes, infrastructure, and finances, as well the phased opening plan!

 

Missed the meeting? No worries. Here is a link to the Zoom presentation:

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Passcode: @HangMount1

-Published Sept. 25th, 2020

-Last updated Oct. 13th, 2020

Events

Q1 Board Meeting

Blue and red background with words "Board meeting, March 17th"

The first public board meeting of the year will be held on March 17th at 7:00.

Add this to your calendar– we’d love to see you there. The agenda is still being developed, but we will have some updates on Hanging Mountain and much more.

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Agenda:

1) Review upcoming events:
-New event calendar on website!
-Gym to Crag event — March 23rd – 7:00pm
-Silent Auction, March 29th – April 3th
2) Financial Update
3) Membership Update
4) JDEI Committee Update
-Mission Statement Proposal
5) Hanging Mountain Update
-MESA review
6) Farley Update
-FRTA announcement
-Spring trail day Farley

 

Full Zoom meeting info:

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Meeting ID: 852 7666 5765
Passcode: 785375

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