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Title: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: pgbeckwith on June 02, 2014, 03:07:57 PM
I was wondering if anybody had a more extensive knowledge of Podunk/High Rocks in Brookfield MA. Between co-workers from the spencer area and the internet I've figured out that it's a taller cliff (~80') that at least used to have some bolted sport routes. My friend found the contact of a guy who lets boy scout troops drive through the access road on his property to access a camp ground at the base of the cliff. We haven't tried to see if he'll let us walk through it or not yet. I'm really curious if anyone knows the approximate number of routes/difficulty of the stuff that's there. It's only like 20 minutes from my house, so it'd be awesome to hit on the way home from work.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: DaveR on June 02, 2014, 03:57:12 PM
Access to the cliff is on pvt property as is all the land at the base of the cliff and there has been no climbing access there for years. A couple of years ago I had friends arrested there for trespassing. There used to be a guide which I have a copy of.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: pgbeckwith on June 03, 2014, 12:41:06 PM
Well that's too bad.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: eyebolter on June 03, 2014, 01:10:23 PM
There were a handfull of bolted routes from 9 to 12, and another handfull of trad/mixed lines.  Most had no anchors except the couple of routes that I put up.  Chopped by Nichols in all likelihood.   
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2014, 02:13:35 PM
There were a handfull of bolted routes from 9 to 12, and another handfull of trad/mixed lines.  Most had no anchors except the couple of routes that I put up.  Chopped by Nichols in all likelihood.

It was a fun place while it lasted. :(
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: DGoguen on June 03, 2014, 03:49:27 PM
I was going there around 1990.
The ancient guy that had the house at the gate was a nice guy, Harold, all he asked is that you go in and look at his model railroad stuff every once in a while.

That place was truly a gem with well developed mixed routes. "Competitive World" 5.8, and "Curving Joe's" 5.10 come to mind.
I think Ken did cop to that one in public. What a shame.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2014, 08:44:18 PM
I was going there around 1990.
The ancient guy that had the house at the gate was a nice guy, Harold, all he asked is that you go in and look at his model railroad stuff every once in a while.

That place was truly a gem with well developed mixed routes. "Competitive World" 5.8, and "Curving Joe's" 5.10 come to mind.
I think Ken did cop to that one in public. What a shame.

There was also one Dave at about 11b  called "The curve in Joe La...y's d..." I have a copy of the old guide. It was definitely a gem. It was probably around 2000 when my friends were busted there for trespassing.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: sneoh on June 03, 2014, 10:30:17 PM
"The curve in Joe La...y's d..."
What a name for a climb!  Miss climbing and hanging out with Joe.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: DaveR on June 04, 2014, 05:20:13 AM
"The curve in Joe La...y's d..."
What a name for a climb!  Miss climbing and hanging out with Joe.

I saw Joe about 2 years ago and he doesn't even climb anymore. Real big into his stone sculpture.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: pgbeckwith on June 04, 2014, 09:31:46 AM
A ton of my coworkers are from that area and still hike to the top. I'm going to keep digging to see if I can find a contact for the base of the cliff to see if it's still off limits.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: DaveR on June 04, 2014, 09:34:46 AM
A ton of my coworkers are from that area and still hike to the top. I'm going to keep digging to see if I can find a contact for the base of the cliff to see if it's still off limits.

If LEGAL access can be obtained to climb there I would be willing to put in the effort to do some re-bolting
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: steve weitzler on June 04, 2014, 10:02:25 AM
BOLTING!!!!!!! Oh No!!! We can't have bolting. That would be sport climbing not trad!!! ;) ;)
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: DaveR on June 04, 2014, 10:13:20 AM
BOLTING!!!!!!! Oh No!!! We can't have bolting. That would be sport climbing not trad!!! ;) ;)

LL can skip all the clips if he wants! ;)
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: steve weitzler on June 04, 2014, 01:12:03 PM
But that would be soloing!!  >:( >:(  >:( >Even worse without a helmet! :( :(
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: a_dax on December 03, 2014, 04:57:20 PM
If anyone is interested in info on high rock,  let know.
I still climb it and have been working on cleaning old routes.  I live close and have info on access.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: Nick Grant on December 04, 2014, 10:50:29 PM
What's Ken Nichols doing these days?  Are his chopping days over?  A couple of years ago, I saw something online about his climbing Don Goldur for the millionth time or something.  And here's the big question ó is Lucky Luke actually Ken Nichols in disguise?
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: strandman on December 05, 2014, 04:22:46 PM
Now there's a llooonnnggg story
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: Debaser on June 13, 2017, 11:12:54 AM
Is there any hope of access to this place getting better? I wonder if the WMCC is considering it.
I went there once and it seemed pretty good, shame about the chopping.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: BrianRI on August 31, 2017, 12:17:02 PM
There is legal access to High Rocks and people have been climbing here regularly.  Contact me if you want info.

risouthcounty@gmail.com
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: Whitey on September 04, 2017, 07:07:01 PM
What is the sun aspect? As I remember it was a cold weather crag. I have more time to climb lately so would be up for a visit.
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: BrianRI on September 12, 2017, 09:31:21 AM
Whitey, It is east facing so it should get some morning sun. I don't think it gets baked by winter sun though.  If you want to go some time in colder weather let me know.  Brian 
Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: Lumberjack-zack on January 21, 2018, 07:50:08 PM
Was wondering if anyone has anymore info on this area? Iím from Brookfield and have been looking to find some better climbing spots.


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Title: Re: Podunk/High Rocks
Post by: djh860 on March 03, 2018, 06:40:58 PM
Contact the western Mass climbers coalition for info