Ashfield Road, Ashfield, MA
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.
This southwest facing rock is boldly featured granite reminiscent of crags in the White Mountains or Yosemite. Slabs dominate the moderate climbing here; however, more difficult test pieces can be found on brief, overhanging sections of the walls. Additionally, some shorter walls yield moderate bouldering.
CHAPEL LEDGE MAIN FACE
How to get there:
Chapel Ledge is located on the Chapel Brook property owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. Two, six car lots are located approximately six miles north of Williamsburg on both the eastern and western side of Ashfield Road. An obvious trail leaves the western lot and heads to the crag. Great swimming holes - made by Chapel Falls- located on the eastern side of the road help to round out a hot, humid afternoon. The Trustees do not charge climbers (or any other visitors) for the use of this beautiful resource there is a donation box for voluntary contributions.
This is a great place to get out on some real rock for the first time this year or first time ever, Chapel ledge offers many climbing options on fine granite join me for a day of climbing for all, geared to new or first time outside climbers.
There may be an opportunity to camp on Saturday night, and climb the next day at a undetermined spot in the same local area, if you have any interest in a full weekend of Western Mass climbing let me know.
If you know where Chapel ledge is it is easy to get to, if not there is a Dunkin Donuts at 1 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Just off exit 24 from I 91 lets meet there for 8:45am to head the 20 minutes to Chapel from there at 9am sharp. There is no cell service 10 minutes from the DD so if you are going to be late find you way to Ashfield but there is no real address.
Climbers from Beginner to Advanced will enjoy this area
All climbers will need to bring a Helmet, Harness, and Climbing shoes, you can get by with sneakers and I do have 1 extra alpine harness
I have all gear to set up 2 ropes, and lots of anchor gear, if you have a rope bring it along
If there is rain, well we will try to do this again soon, stay posted as the week progresses
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