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!



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


October CRAG-VT board meeting – October 6th 6:30 VLT in Richmond, VT

Come and fund out what we are up to!  The meeting will be held Tuesday October 6th at 6:30 at the offices of the Vermont Land Trust in Richmond, VT.   If you plan to attend, please park at the Richmond town offices/Post office lot.  Cross bridge street and head south on bridge street until you come to the yellow house (second house on right GPS : 44.402733, -72.996017) with the white porch.  Enter through the front door.

Note: Please do not park at the yellow house (VLT). Use the town offices lot.

Peregrine Ban for Upper Upper West Now Lifted

The peregrines had a successful nesting season at Upper Upper West and the chick has now fledged.  Head on up to enjoy such classics as “Noises in The Night”, “Plea Deal” and “Heavy Weather”!  Thanks for your adherence to the ban.

No June Board Meeting

CRAG-VT will be in recess for the summer, so no board meeting will be taking place in June, July and August.  Feel free to email info@cragvt.org with any questions over the summer.  Check out this page and our facebook page to keep up to date on goings on in the Vermont climbing community!

Prepare for Pain!


CRAG-VT Meeting 6:30 April 7th, PetraCliffs Briggs St. Burlington VT.

Join us on Tuesday April 7th if you are interested in what we do!

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.

CRAG-VT Elects 2015 Board

CRAG-VT held its’ annual board elections on December 16th.

Andrea Charest has once again stepped forward to continue the critical position of Treasurer, while Derrek Anderson and Seth Maciejowski were reelected as Vice President and President respectively. Returning board member Danny Kuzio stepped into the Secretary role for 2015.  For 2015 CRAG-VT members Dick Katzman, Travis Peckham, John Casari, Steve Charest, Kel Rossiter and Tim Farr volunteered for the board for another year.

Joining the board for 2015 is Yearim “Jay” Plantillas.  Jay is a local climber affiliated with Northern Lights Rock and Ice in Essex, VT.  Welcome Jay!

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:


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!



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.

All cliffs are now open to climbing!

As of August 1st, Double Upper, Smuggs Ragnarock wall, and Marshfield are now fully open and not under any peregrine nesting restrictions.  Access is now open to such routes as Falcon’s Fury, Fraggle Rock, Yggdrasil, Noises in the night, and Plea Deal. Enjoy!

Quarry Driveway and Peregrine Update

The quarry driveway is now OPEN.  Please drive slowly unless you want to trash your undercarriage on the water bars.

Peregrine bans are in effect for the following cliffs (up to date at of 4/22/2014):

Upper Upper West Bolton

Marshfield Ledge left of Solipsism (the slabs)



At this time, no other cliffs are listed as closed….

Muddy Trail Advisory


While Crag VT does not explicitly close trails on our property during mud season, we ask that users exercise good judgement.   If the trail to the crag is looking like the picture shown here, maybe you might want to consider climbing elsewhere.  Let’s try to keep our trails looking good, by waiting until they are dry.  Bypassing wet spots only serves to braid the trail and increase erosion.

CRAG-VT Savage Seven event a huge success and Winter/Spring 2014 CRAG-Rag now available online

Check out our blog for the results from the Savage Seven Event held at Petra Cliffs on April 5th.  While you are there, check out the latest CRAG-Rag – winter/spring 2014!

CRAG-Rag Winter/Spring 2014

CRAG-VT Board Meeting – 6:30 April 1st at West Monitor Barn (VYCC) in Richmond

CRAG-VT’s April 1st board meeting will be held at the Monitor Barn in Richmond VT, headquarters of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, who has graciously provided us a meeting space for April.  If you would like to attend and need directions on how to get to the Monitor Barns, please contact info@cragvt.org.

See you there!

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!