Author Topic: Getting started climbing outdoors: Quincy Quarries  (Read 633 times)

Offline strangrdangr

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Getting started climbing outdoors: Quincy Quarries
« on: April 16, 2017, 01:21:39 pm »
Hi all,
I'm new to the forum and am relatively new to climbing as well (have been climbing in a gym for about a year) and am looking to start moving outdoors. I live in the Boston area and as such Quincy Quarries seems like the natural first step for outdoor top roping.  I'm familiar with anchor building but don't have any of my own equipment yet, and was wondering what type of protection is necessary for anchor building at QQ so I can purchase the right things.
Thanks for the help!

Offline David_G48

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Re: Getting started climbing outdoors: Quincy Quarries
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 03:45:39 pm »
You need 1 dynamic rope somewhere between 10.2-9.5 in diameter, 2 locking carabiners and either a long piece of webbing or static rope no more than 50' max which will give you 2 points to tie to the many existing anchor points already in place for most of the climbs. This is in addition to your harness, belay device and locking carabiner along with climbing shoes. Double check the anchors at the top as some are old. If you are going to do a lot of top roping you might want to consider steel carabiners as they last forever and keep your rope cleaner.

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Re: Getting started climbing outdoors: Quincy Quarries
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 10:31:33 pm »
Awesome thanks! Also, just to make sure, the achors are accessible via walkup as opposed to lead climbing correct?

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Re: Getting started climbing outdoors: Quincy Quarries
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 08:16:02 am »
I have been climbing at the quarries for over 20 years. In that time I've seen almost every Mickey Mouse set up. Most anchors I consider sub standard. Most of those Have the potential of catastrophic failure. I use a hundred foot of 9.5 static rope, a cordolette and 4 locking carabiners. That's all you'll ever need to set up a redundant, equalized and no extension top rope anchor anywhere. Save your money, no need for webbing and it's not any less expensive. The other thing most important is take a lesson from someone qualified. There are too many self proclaimed experts out there. The quarries are a good spot to start but there other areas around Boston with less trash. If anyone offers up their rope to climb on best to walk around and check out their anchor first. Too many scary stories to mention here. Good luck and climbing

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Re: Getting started climbing outdoors: Quincy Quarries
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2017, 12:21:36 am »
Picked up a static and dynamic rope, locking biners, 30ft cord as well as some webbing (it was so darn cheap) and am looking to head out once it all arrives.  You mentioned other places to climb in the Boston area. I've heard of Hammond pond, but are there other good places to tope rope with good protection and easy walk ups?  Thanks for all the help

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Re: Getting started climbing outdoors: Quincy Quarries
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2017, 08:07:19 am »
Hammond pond is OK but like the Quarries can get crowded. Try Rattle Snake rocks, Braintree or Black & White Rocks, Melrose. Especially when it's sunny and hot. Another place just a little further out is Red Rocks in Gloucester. As far as the webbing, cut 2, 3 to 4 foot lengths. Slide them over your static rope. Use them on your static line to protect it over the edge to your master point. It will give you a longer listing rope and a safer set up. Falcon books has an awesome book, AMGA single pitch instructor manual. It will be the best $25 you will ever spend. Easy to follow and well illustrated. These are tried and true techniques, universally accepted. I would take you on myself but I have a crazy spring. Send me a pm as to your availability, maybe we can get together at some point.

Good climbing, Pete