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Rock Climbing: Rose Ledge - Erving, MA (Top Rope) Beg - Adv

  • May 11, 2014 · 8:45 AM
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This is a great climbing crag in Western Mass 4 or so miles North of Rt.2 at the junction with Rt. 63 in Erving near a Dunkin Donuts which is where we will meet.

The plan is to meet up at 8:45 am in the parking lot of DD. From there we can drive just north and consolidate cars at an elementary school parking lot. There is a $3.00 parking fee per car at the trail head to Rose Ledge.

Tennessee Flake (5.9)

Rose Ledge represents one of the regions most popular climbing destinations and deservedly so. The 40’-60’ cliff line contains a plethora of climbs for all abilities [masked]) though excels in both number and quality of moderates climbs. Some of the classic include Guillotine (5.8), Solar Flare (5.11b), Tennessee Flake (5.9) and Beginners Corner (5.5). The rock, similar to nearby Farley Ledge, is gneiss with obvious horizontal cracks and features. Several climbs at Rose are leadable with traditional gear though the crag remains most popular as a top-rope area as access to the top is easy and straight forward.

The WMCC has added lower-off anchors in many spots to preserve the trees and plans are to increase these the good thing, NO sport bolts will be found here. There is a guide book for this area written by a good friend and occasional climbing partner Al Rubin.


The hike from the parking is 25 minutes into the woods and away from car noise, making this a great place to climb, bring Lunch for a full day of climbing. The DD has a convenience store built in.

Climbers from Beginner to Advanced will enjoy this area

All climbers will need to bring a Helmet, Harness, and Climbing shoes.

I have 2 ropes, and lots of anchor gear, if you have a rope and/or anchor gear please bring it along and mention in the RSVP questions if bringing a rope so we know ahead of time if I need to round up more gear. Generally its not an issue.

If there is rain, well we will try to do this again soon, stay posted as the week progresses.

This is about 35 minutes from Saturday's meet-up at Chapel Ledge. If interested in camping in the area and doing both days of climbing, you should start a discussion in the comments. Barton's Cove campground is between the two venues. Google it if interested.


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The Organizers…

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  • Lovena (Lovey) H.

    Fun climbs! It was great climbing with everyone. Thanks to organizers Jeff and Geoff for a great day!

    May 12, 2014

  • Geoff N.

    Great day, Great people, Great Climbing!!!

    May 12, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Great climbs, beautiful day. It was great seeing everyone.

    May 11, 2014

  • Susan

    Sorry, will be heading to Farley instead for the day. Have fun!

    May 10, 2014

    • Mike B.

      No problem, have fun.

      May 10, 2014

  • Jeffrey D.

    It looks like we will be climbing tomorrow! The rain that came through most of Mass. earlier this evening spared the northern tier of the state, including Rose Ledge, so I am still optimistic that the rock will be mostly dry and improving. The storms that are to the west seem to be tracking south and not headed to our venue. Bring bug spray and sun screen, lunch, plenty to drink. Rope and anchor gear if you have it. Need a helmet or other gear? Shout out now and maybe we can help. See you in the morning for a most excellent day of climbing.

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Noelle

    Geoff, just to clarify, Ade you making the call on tomorrow's climb by 9pm tonight? I thought you meant last night. Thanks.

    May 10, 2014

    • Jeffrey D.

      I will cancel by 9 PM if the weather goes south, but that is unlikely. The rain is gone from Western mass, leaving plenty of time for rose to dry. Remember your HELMETS everybody!

      2 · May 10, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Does anyone want to carpool from 495 area (Littleton or Chelmsford)?

    May 4, 2014

    • Susan

      Potentially could meet you somewhere near the Rt 2/495 intersection (coming in from Somerville). May try to go to Farley or Rumney for some sport.

      May 9, 2014

    • Mike B.

      That sounds good Susan. Let's meet at 7:30am at the Dunkin Donuts at 220 Great Rd
      Littleton, across from Acton Toyota. My cell is[masked]

      May 9, 2014

  • Lee A.

    Hey Jeff,

    I will prob not get there until noon or so. Is it hard to find the trail head?

    April 30, 2014

    • Susan

      Hey Lee Ann, I guess that this is the group that you were trying to meet up with last weekend? Probably will see you there!

      May 9, 2014

    • Lee A.

      Ha! Ha! I got home and realized my error but i had a great time anyway. Just a little climbing mis - adventure. Thanks for letting me climb with you, Susan!

      May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm just north of metro area. can carpool from there but i have to leave fairly early (e.g., 3) for an afternoon committment

    May 8, 2014

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