Hammond Pond is the go-to spot for many Newton residents seeking a little peace and quiet or a great place to exercise. Although the reservation can get busy at times, it’s generally an oasis amid the bustle of 2015. Rock climbers will find it a real treat this September, with crisp breezes and lovely fall views providing the perfect backdrop for a successful and enjoyable climb. Try these spots:
- Cracker Jack
- Mall Wall
- Breakfast of Champions
With decent route quality and a fine crack line beginning a few feet up, Cracker Jack is the perfect starting point for newbie rock climbers. Whether you’re new to the sport, want to climb but aren’t in the mood for a serious challenge, or are feeling nostalgic for your first climb, you’ll have a great time with this Hammond Pond crack climb. Be aware that, while the bottom may be easy and fun, it does get a little more intense at the top.
Despite its awesome name, Mall Wall is one of the more obscure climbs at Hammond Pond. Named for its ability to be seen from the Bloomingdale’s store at the Mall at Chestnut Hill, the wall requires a walk up the hill from the Hammond Pond parking lot, then through the Alcove. Head to the left toward the road till you see a short rock with bouldering. Enjoy all-day shade for your early September climbs, as well as sloping landings and topouts.
Breakfast of Champions lives up to its name, both for early climbers in the pre-pad days and those of us making the climb in 2015. Landings are dicey and overhangs provide a challenge, but its moderate difficulty is mostly mental. Considered V3, BOC offers a relatively easy start; the problem’s last part is the hardest.
We can’t think of a better way to get some fresh air and stay fit this September than by climbing at Hammond Pond. Make Fall 2015 the season for taking on some new climbing challenges or getting started in this popular sport.
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