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Rock Climbing, Trad, Top-Rope Chapel Ledge Ashfield, MA. Great for beginners!!

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  • Chapel Ledge

    Ashfield Road, Ashfield, MA (map)

    42.569828 -72.801781

  • f 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.
  • 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

    Waiver:  Read !!!

    Be Warned!

    Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

    Falling off any climbing route or bouldering challenge or other activity, even hiking to a destination may result in injury or death. Weather, Trail conditions a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, can all incur injuries’ and/or death.

    Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. Seek your own additional resources of information.  You as an active member! Perhaps, lacking any of the following, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

    When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn't be?

    If you get hurt…. Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Dragging yourself out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize.

    It’s always your right to back out and live the good life with all the rest of the human race eating cheese doodles and Twinkies in front of the television for the day….

    That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

    The Organizers…

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  • Jim H

    Colby and I won't be making it either. Long drive as well. Hope we can try again in June.

    May 9

  • Peter A.

    Here is the forecast for Greenfield, MA tomorrow:
    Saturday 05/10 70% Fog and light rain in the morning...then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 79F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%

    Geoff - I won't be joining you - 4+ hours of driving is too much for me given very iffy climbing conditions. Jim - sorry I will not be able to provide helmets. I'm up for June 1 if that goes. Peter

    1 · May 9

  • David B.

    Thanks Geoff. Yeah, it's not looking good. I think I'm gonna back out and make other plans. Hope to join you all some time soon.

    May 9

  • Geoff N.

    UGH!!! the weather out here is not looking very good, 2 days ago the chance of showers was 10% Today has been drizzle and mist most of the day, currently it looks like more of the same and overnight into Tomorrow the same. Chapel is steep, slabby and slick climbing on a dry day, not so good for the predicted forecast. I will make the call to cancel by 9pm, if so June 1st will be the rain date

    1 · May 9

  • Nuno S.

    Had to change my "yes" to "no" because of a shoulder injury. Hopefully someone on the waiting list can fill my spot. Enjoy!

    May 9

  • Jim H

    I know this a bit last minute but I am looking for two helmets. I thought I could rent them but it turns out not to be true. Any suggestions?

    May 8

  • Noelle

    Geoff, I'm freeing up my spot, I'll climb with Ingrid Saturday. Thanks. See you next day at Rose Ledge.

    May 7

    • Geoff N.

      Thanks Noelle Sunday it is I know you will have fun with that group

      May 8

  • Geoff N.

    Looks like everyone with one exception is meeting me at the DD to follow me up to the craig I will have a silver Pontiac Grand Am cell number is[masked]:45am to 9am heading to Ashfield at 9am SHARP see you then

    1 · May 7

  • Geoff N.

    The weather on Saturday is looking great, showers in Fridays forecast. The rock at chapel dries up fairly quickly and unless it rains all night we should be good to go. Look for updates Friday evening.

    1 · May 7

  • Jay B.

    Have fun folks.... Remember as a group policy as we are heading into the summer season helmets are required on all our climbing Meetups!!! Sport, Trad and top-rope... You will be asked to go home otherwise... Thanks and have fun out there...:-) Yes, wish I could go..:-(

    May 7

    • Geoff N.

      Hay everyone Jay is correct and as it states in the description ALL climbers need helmets at all times for our meetups, from the answers I have read a couple may not have a helmet. I do have one extra for sharing. I have climbers waiting so if all the questions are not answered I will move climbers around to make room for all who have answered all the questions

      May 7

  • Peter A.

    I'll bring a rope and misc gear for anchors. I'll meet you at the parking lot at the crag.

    May 7

    • Geoff N.

      Thanks Peter, Well see you there shortly after 9 ish

      May 7

  • naturegirl

    Anyone heading out from the Boston area just for Saturday...not Sunday?

    May 5

    • Scott C.

      Leaving from Boston on Saturday.

      May 5

  • Noelle

    Geoff, see there's 1 spot left. May I take that for my son? We'll decide today if we're attending this climb or the women's climb, and will give up these 2 spots if that's the case. Thanks.

    May 2

  • Noelle

    Geoff, is anyone planning on camping and climbing again next day?

    May 2

  • Noelle

    Geoff, is this the AMC climb for Sat? The website shows Grant as leading a climb. Is that a different one?

    April 28

    • Geoff N.

      Hi Noelle, Grants day is this Saturday 5-3 for an AMC trip

      April 29

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