Bouldering at Hammond Pond with Johnny and Kirsten before I leave


Friday, 22-May-2015



Hammond Pond was basically where I grew up rock climbing. I learned to set anchors on my own there, and I placed my first pieces of trad gear there. I’ve gone to the various boulders and cliffs there more times than I could ever count, and done more variations of routes than I can imagine.

So, obviously, I had to go at least one time before leaving Boston.

So Friday morning, I headed out toward Chestnut Hill. Johnny and Kirsten met me (the advantage to all of us having unique schedules), and we set up a few routes to explore.


The thing about Hammond is that the anchor trees are pretty far back and rather poorly spread out , so it makes for some really interesting anchor setups. We really spent more time going over anchors, knots, and various ways we could set up than we did climbing – but I’m completely ok with that. It’s the danger of being both an Engineer and a rock climber. I love all the systems and setups nearly as much as the actual motion and movement of climbing.

So we climbed. We set anchors and played with knots. We chatted with some other random folks who showed up to climb. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.




I honestly can’t remember any names of Hammond, and we did variants of the “classic” lines anyways. But the best map is…

Main Cliff (routes go far right to left)

Far right finger crack – Top Roped

Finger & Hand crack – Top Roped, and Johnny did a mock-lead on trad gear

Climb between the previous two – Top Roped

Milk Run (5.4) – Top Roped

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