CRAG VERMONT

CLIMBING RESOURCE ACCESS GROUP OF VERMONT

Serving climbers through advocacy,

conservation, stewardship, education &

community.

Climber Created and Run

CRAG Vermont is an organization created and run entirely by climbers and for climbers. Our efforts go directly to conserving, protecting and expanding access to climbing in Vermont. 

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Current Projects

With projects all over the state, CRAG Vermont is always working on something new, stewarding existing lands and creating new opportunities for climbing, community, education and partnerships.  Below you’ll find a selection of our current high-priority projects.  Consider helping out or donating!

The Bolton Dome ACQUISITION
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Goal: $467,000  Raised: $467,000

Raised 93%

Closed for decades, CRAG-VT purchased the Bolton Dome property in 2017 with the help of a $356,000 loan from the Access Fund. To date, this is CRAG’s biggest climbing area acquisition. The Dome is now protected for permanent conservation and recreation. CRAG-VT seasonally rents parking lot use on behalf of climbers from the neighboring landowner. This is a complex project for CRAG-VT; we have incurred an estimated $100,000 in additional expenses associated with property assessments, attorney fees and legal filings, and establishment of the conservation easement.  We are committed to repaying our entire loan by July of 2023 — help us close it out!

December Member Drive
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Less than 40% of people who climb at cliffs owned and conserved by CRAG-VT are members — we believe that all Vermont Climbers should be members. Access isn’t guaranteed and we’re committed to protecting it now and for future generations. If you love climbing in the Green Mountain State, join us. Membership not only makes our work possible, it comes with some great benefits. If you’re already a member — spread the word and encourage your climbing partner to join.

Dome Stabilization Project
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The Bolton Dome Trail Stabilization Project is our largest trail improvement project to date! With support from Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation’s ERSA Grant and Athletic Brewing’s Two for the Trails Grant, we’ll be addressing two of our highest priorities for trail improvements at the Dome: the Railroad Gully and the Doctor Slabs. 

At the Railroad Gully, we’re building a large stone staircase to provide better access to top-rope anchors for a few of our favorite beginner climbs, and we’ll be installing several terraces alongside it so that climbers at the Railroad Yard will have a flat spot to belay from that’s out of the way of anyone using the staircase. At the Doctor Slabs, we’ll be building stone retaining walls that will level out the staging area and reduce future erosion at the base of the cliff. 

Show Your Support

There are many ways to support Vermont Climbing. Click here to learn more about becoming a  corporate partner, major donor, or member. 

A Few of our accomplishments

A brief look at the many milestones of CRAG Vermont

2003 – Lower West
Lower West was donated to the newly formed CRAG-VT (2003)
2004 – The Bolton Quarry
Purchased the Bolton Quarry and acquired a conservation easement to ensure permanent climbing protections (2004)
2008 – The 82 Crag
Acquired a conservation easement for the 82 Crag to ensure permanent climbing protections (2008)
2009 – Upper West Bolton
Purchased Upper West Bolton and acquired a conservation easement to ensure permanent climbing protections (2009)
2010 – Carcass Crag
Purchased the Carcass Crag and added the cliff to the Bolton Quarry Conservation Easement (2010)
2012 – Quarry Driveway Repairs
Rebuilt the driveway to the Bolton Quarry (2012)
2016 – Agency of Natural Resources
Developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Climbing Management Plan with the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (2016). This 5 year effort established CRAG-VT as the de facto liaison between the State and the climbing community, and helps in the management of areas including: Mt. Pisgah, Smugglers’ Notch, Mount Wheeler, and Marshfield Ledge.
2017 – Lone Rock Point
Formed a relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont at Rock point and opened Lone Rock Point to climbing (2017)
2017 – The Bolton Dome
Purchased and permanently protected the Bolton Dome (2017)
2019 – Vermont Climbing Festival
Hosted inaugural Vermont Climbing Festival (2019)
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created by climbers, for climbers
CRAG Vermont

As a non-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, our mission is to support Vermont’s climbing community by securing, protecting & conserving access to cliffs and other climbing resources.

We Secure Access to Vermont Cliffs
  • We build long-term relationships with landowners to maintain access to cliffs located on private property
  • We collaborate with the VT Agency of Natural Resources to ensure that climbing on state lands is done so responsibly and in alignment with environmental and recreation management plans
  • When necessary, we purchase property & obtain conservation easements to ensure long term access to threatened climbing areas
We Steward Vermont Climbing
  • We organize and conduct trail maintenance and volunteer clean-ups
  • We collaborate with the Vermont Nongame and Natural Heritage Program to protect the threatened and endangered species that live in cliff ecosystems
  • We inform climbers, land managers and the public of access, environmental and historical climbing information
We Build Community 

By hosting events, including member meet-ups, stewardship days, speaker series, film showings, and the Vermont Climbing Festival

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