Immortalized by Edna St. Vincent Millay in her poem Renascence, the Camden Hills offer fun climbing on grippy, highly metamorphosed schist and gneiss (you can say "nice" too) rock. The rock climbing areas are a five minutes from downtown Camden and a 10 - 15 minute walk from the parking area. If it's a hot summer day a refreshing swim in nearby Lake Meganticook is a great way to top of the day. This is a great place for individuals, families and groups. If you are visiting nearby Camden a day of climbing is an excellent adventure!
- Family Rock Climbing
- Private Instruction and Guiding
- Group Climbs
FAVORITE CAMDEN CLIMBING SPOTS
Only minutes from downtown Camden
Excellent one to three pitch routes overlooking scenic Lake Megunticook. Barrett's Cove cliff offers excellent top rope and multi-pitch climbs that can be climbed by beginning climbers. A great day can be had by starting of with some top ropes and then following your guide up to Broadway Ledge or the top - the view only gets better the higher you climb! Intermediate climbers will also find plenty of climbs to do here as well such as Charlotte's Crack, a nice 3 pitch 5.7 that mixes face climbing with a little crack climbing.
- Charlotte's Crack (pitch 1) (5.6)
- Champagne (5.6)
- The Ramp (5.3
- Clamdigger Crack (5.5)
- Equinox (5.5)
- Young Stud (5.6)
- Charlotte's Crack (5.7)
- Harmonic Convergence (5.7)
- Queen Charlotte (5.8)
- Templeton's Crack (5.8)
Want to work on technique? Great testpieces can be found here for intermediate and advanced climbers. Only a short walk from Barrett's Cove, The Verticals is perfect for rounding off a day of climbing at Barrett's Cove.
- 500 Pound Flakeout (5.8)
- Bolt Ladder (5.9)
- Brown Eye (5.10c)
A fifteen minute walk from the road gets you to a new climbing area in Camden that sports several climbs that are great for beginning and intermediate climbers. A mix of crack, face and corners let you sample a variety of climbing techniques.
Another Camden "jewel in the wood", The Ramparts is a quiet, out of the way area that features a good mix of moderate gear protected routes and sport climbs along with some of Camden's more difficult climbs.
MEETING LOCATION FOR CAMDEN CLIMBS
Leaving Route 1 in Camden follow route 52 for approximately 2.7 miles. You will be coming down a long hill and should see the black colored cliff of Barrett's Cove up to the right. As you near the base of the there will be a widened pull off area on the cliff side of the road. Park here to meet your guide. (Note: just ahead will be the parking area for the trailhead on the right and the road to the beach on the left).