Technical Rock Climbing

Baxter State Park offers some of the most remote and challenging technical climbing in New England. Climbers can find any type of climbing to challenge themselves, from bouldering to multi pitch climbs. Most of the Katahdin climbing routes are accessed from Chimney Pond via the Roaring Brook Campgrounds, a 3.3 mile hike. Approaches to these climbs can take from ½ hour to 2 hours. For the Armadillo, Flat Iron and Pamola 4 routes it is recommended to leave Chimney Pond by 8:00am. Technical Rock and Ice climbing in Baxter State Park is considered a day use activity

Backcountry Ethics

As technical rock climbing continues to grow, it becomes necessary to balance this recreational activity with responsible management of the Park's resources. Respect for the environment and a commitment to Leave No Trace climbing techniques are required of the climbing community. Baxter State Park does not allow practices such as placing bolts on existing routes or establishing new bolt-intensive routes and chipping or gluing new holds.

To accomplish this goal, please adopt this code of ethics
for low impact climbing:

You Are Responsible For Yourself, So Be Prepared.

Competent technique, experience, safety equipment,
physical fitness and good judgment are Essential.

Technical rescue may be hours away.