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February Board Meeting Postponed to February 9

The February CRAG-VT meeting has been postponed to February 9th at 6:30 at the Vermont Land Trust offices in Richmond Vt.  Please contact info@cragvt.org if you would like more information.  See you there!

Campaign to Replace the Pisgah Cliffs Rescue Cache

What would YOU do if the worst happened while ice climbing at Lake Willoughby?  CRAG-VT is pleased to announce a new campaign to replace the rescue cache at the south end of the Pisgah cliffs.  The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has partnered with CRAG-VT and is matching every dollar we can raise up to $400.00 to replace the recently destroyed cache below “The Tablets”.  The new cache will feature a backboard and first aid materials to be used by climbers in an emergency.  Donate online through our paypal account or join us this weekend at the Smuggler’s Notch ice bash if you would like to contribute.  If you want to directly help with the fabrication of the cache, please contact us at info@cragvt.org.


CRAG-VT Announces Anchor Replacement Campaign

UPDATE DEC 19 – WE MADE IT!  Thanks to everyone for your contributions. With your help, we will be able to double the number of routes that will be rebolted in the next year.  Look to new anchors and bolts coming up in the spring on some of your favorite routes.  Thanks again!

UPDATE : DEC 17 – $885 in. Whose going to put us over the top?!?

UPDATE : DEC 13 – In only 3 days we’ve taken in $285 toward our goal!  Let’s take it to the top!

Have you ever considered the quality of those bolts you just clipped? Do they looked rusted or fatigued? CRAG-VT was the recent recipient of a $500.00 grant from the Access Fund to support ongoing anchor replacement efforts in Bolton. To magnify the impact of the grant money, CRAG-VT wants your help! We are hoping to raise $500 to match the funds provided by
the Access Fund. These funds will be exclusively used to support anchor replacement efforts in Northern Vermont. If you want to donate, please use our paypal system and specify “anchor replacement campaign” in the note field of your donation. As a guideline, it costs approximately $50 to rebolt a typical route in Bolton, $25 to properly upgrade an anchor setup, and $10 to improve an anchor to a proper lower off.  If you would like to get more involved with this effort beyond simply donating money and keep up to date on the efforts, check out  Greg Kuchyt’s website.

Donate NOW!

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This project was supported by the joint Access Fund-
American Alpine Club Anchor Replacement Fund.

CRAG-VT Elects 2016 Board

At the CRAG-VT December board meeting new board members were elected for 2016.

Joining the board for 2016 is Kris Fiore and Robert Fleming.  Reelected for 2016 are Travis Peckham, Andrea Charest, Steve Charest, Dick Katzman, John Casari, Danny Kuzio, Kel Rossiter, Jay Plantillas, Seth Maciejowski, and Tim Farr.  Thanks to all the board members for signing on for 2016!

Derrek Anderson left the board for 2016.  Thanks for your service Derrek!

For 2016, CRAG-VT elected Seth Maciejowski as President for another term, while Kris Fiore was elected Vice President, Danny Kuzio was elected Secretary and Andrea Charest was elected for another term as Treasurer.

 

Board Meeting and Elections

Join us on Tuesday December 1st at 6:30 the Vermont Land Trust in Richmond Vt.  for our board meeting and yearly elections.  If you are psyched about Vermont rock climbing and can spare one Tuesday evening a month, maybe you might consider joining the board.  We have a lot of great project prospects coming together for 2016 and you could become part of Vermont’s storied climbing  history!  See you there!

To find the meeting :

Vermont Land Trust is located at 207 Bridge Street in Richmond Vermont (yellow house on the west side of the road).   If you plan to attend, please park at the post office and library across Bridge Street and walk over to the VLT.  Do not park at the yellow house. GPS : 44.402733, -72.996017

November Board Meeting Postponed

The November board meeting will be held on Tuesday November 10th at 6:30 at the offices of the Vermont Land Trust in Richmond, VT.  Please take note of the change if you plan to join us for the meeting.  Contact info@cragvt.org for more information if you would like to come by.

Trail Day – A Big Win!

TRAIL DAY 2015 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!

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Thanks to the many volunteers who showed up on a cold Sunday,  we were able to get the 82 preferred approach improved and cleaned up.  New water bars were added and the trail was raked to the duff.  The Carcass Crag Trail was cleaned out to the dirt and should be easy to follow now. Thank you everyone for coming and to our sponsors :

 

KCs Bagels in Waterbury

Green Mountain Coffee in Waterbury

PetraCliffs in Burlington

Vermont Rock Press in Underhill

Mammut in Williston

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

CRAG-VT Announces Modifications to Member Benefits

Check out the membership page  for information on updates to the CRAG-VT membership benefits.  Thanks to all of our generous corporate sponsors!

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CRAG-VT is pleased to announce a new corporate partner for 2015 : MetroRock Burlington.text_side-logo

Check out the membership page for details on this exciting new benefit.

Successful Trail Day!

On October 19 volunteers braved wet woods, mud and rain to complete improvements on the Lower West Bolton and Upper West Bolton trail networks.  Thanks to all who came out and special thanks to KC bagels (http://www.kcbagelcafewaterburyvt.com/) in Waterbury for providing breakfast, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (www.vycc.org) for providing tools and Steve and Andrea Charest for providing a lawn and a garage to stay dry in.  Thanks again to all who came out and participated!  We’ll see you at the crags!

New stone steps installed at Lower West courtesy of CRAG-VT volunteers:

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Trail Day October 19 Bolton Notch Road

Join CRAG-VT at Duck Brook Circle off Bolton Notch road at 9 am on Sunday October 19 to help us improve the trails around Upper West Bolton and Lower West Bolton Cliffs.  Bring your gear and get some climbing in as well!

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The Faces of Trail Day 2013

Note: Please Park along Notch Road near the LT crossing as for Upper West as parking will be limited.  Additional parking may be found at the Preston Pond trail head and along the road near Double Upper West Bolton cliff approximately .6 miles past Duck Brook Circle.

Five Reasons to Join CRAG-VT Today

CRAG-VT is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations and membership dues from climbers like you to fund our work. Since our board of volunteers runs the organization and we don’t have an office space to rent, 100% of your donation or cost of membership is spent on protecting the crags you love.

We’ve secured 6 crags in Bolton that are enjoyed by so many climbers around Vermont and are continually working to connect the community with the areas they love. In case you still need to be convinced to join, here are five — out of countless— reasons.

  1. You love it; we protect it. Are you a weekend warrior that can’t wait to get out of the office and onto the cliff? Our organizational mission is to protect access to these places so you can get out there and enjoy them.
  2. More hands can accomplish more work. We help organize the climbing community to lend a hand. We organize crag clean up events and attend events raising awareness of access concerns and issues in the state.
  3. You’re busy and we make it easy to protect the places you play. Don’t have time to make it to these crag conservation days? Can’t voice your concerns to officials about climbing access? We can do it for you.
  4. We have experience. Our board members come from various backgrounds and represent decades of climbing in the state. We know these crags like the back of our hands and know who to approach and how to approach them, to ensure that access remains open.
  5. We represent a unified voice. CRAG-VT works for all of the climbers in the state who want access to the cliffs they love. By joining or donating you’re not only supporting your passion but you’re helping your climbing partner, your neighbor, and your climber friend as well.

Now that we’ve outlined some of the reasons to support our organization, we hope you’ll join us in our mission to preserve access and conservation of Vermont’s climbing resources. Joining costs only $25 for the year and is as simple as making a payment on this page. Your support will help all of us climbers in the state.

Bolton Quarry Parking – Important !

Due to the ongoing expense of plowing the quarry driveway in the winter, CRAG-VT has elected to not keep the driveway open in the winter.

If you are planning on climbing in the quarry, please observe the following parking guideline:

Under no circumstances should you park on Green Mountain Drive.  There is a good likelihood that if you park on Green Mountain Drive you will be towed at your expense.  The best place to park is Smiley school just west of Green Mountain Drive on Rte 2. Park your vehicle and walk along Rte. 2 and up Green Mountain Drive to the quarry.  Also, please assume that the driveway is closed if there is snow on the ground and do not go up Green Mountain Drive to check.

Thanks for your cooperation and enjoy the ice!