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Quincy Quarries

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About Quincy Quarries:

Quincy Quarries has always been, and despite recent physical and cosmetic improvements, Boston's essential urban cragging experience. Graffiti, drill holes for holds, quarried blocks to sit on and a fantastic view of downtown Boston make the Quarries every bit the outdoor climbing gym you'd expect from this blue-collar town.
As you may know, the Quarries have undergone a renaissance of upkeep, maintenance, and (of course) climbing activity. The AMC Boston Mountaineering Committee, along with the MDC and the Access Fund, contributed greatly to recent clean-up efforts that have improved parking, filled and flattened the main area with Big-Dig dirt, and attracted renewed attention to Boston's urban cragging playground. QQ offers lots of toproping on stiffly-graded, thin and frictiony dark granite that is mostly slab-to-vertical. Trad heads can practice on just a few short lines, but the short walls and plentiful tree and eyebolt anchors make TR the protection of choice. There is also a good handful of bouldering problems at the Quarries. Your best bet for those is to show up and ask for beta. Look for bouldering on the most overhanging, northeast-facing face right in the middle of the larger quarry. Also, check the shorter walls in the small quarry for more problems including balancy vertical problems, dynos and long traverses.

Approach Notes: While most of the approaches are self explanatory, there is one approach trail that leads up along the rim of A Face, Pink Face, C Wall and Drill Holes that is worth mentioning. It takes you around the left side of the Little Railroad Quarry and brings you in at the top of the wall ready to set anchors. It is an easier, albeit slightly longer, hike than the well known scramble along the bottom of the northern rim of the quarry. (Especially if you are carrying coffee, donuts, extra tarps, lounge chairs or other QQ essentials.)
To get to the trailhead from the parking lot here's what you do, as you proceed down the paved path you come to the large open paved area, looking stright ahead you see into the Little Railroad Quarry (Cwall), looking to your right you see L and M faces 9or whatever they are called now ) Look left and down a small slope you will see a small retension pond ringed but cat o' nine tails. Go down into that gully and follow the right shore around the pond. At this point you will have the small pond on your left and a small hill on your right. Continue following that shoreline around the hill to the right and 1/3 of the way around the hill look left and you will see a set of stone steps going up a different hill to your left. Go up those steps and you will find yourself on the rim trail above A wall. Keep following around the rim till you're above C Wall. It's easy beans boys, (especially if you're carrying a chair or coffee or whatever. ) If you're especially intrepid you can bring a haul line to lower in or lift out any "stuff" you want at the bottom of the wall.
Check back often, much work to come on this section. here's a topo to use to find the walls you want

Nearest town or city: Quincy
Directions: QQ is just off the southeast expressway (Rt. 93), best bet from either direction is exit 8. From the south: offramp drops you onto rotary - continue 1/3 way around - take your 2nd right (follow signs for 93N - like you're going to get back on the HW) - just as you're about to get on the highway, the onramp forks - bear right taking you down the ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, swinging you under the highway and back up the other side. Get in the right lane at the stop sign, go straight (across Willard St.) at the Mr. Tux. Continue up the hill a 1/4 mile to parking lot on the right. *Note - At each of the forks listed above there are signs pointing to "Quarry Hills." Follow the signs and you can't go wrong, at least till they get torn down or stolen anyway. From the north - exit 8 puts you right onto Willard St. Keep a sharp eye out for Mr. Tux on the right. Turn right at Mr. Tux. Go up the hill a 1/4 mile to parking lot on the right.
Latitude, Longitude: 42.24320, -71.03418
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Camping: None
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Quantity of Climbs: Year

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