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Serving climbers through advocacy,

conservation, stewardship, education &


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. 

Bolton Green-Up Day

Join us Saturday, May 4th on Green Up Day to help beautify Bolton and give back to the broader landscape and community where we recreate.⁠

We’ll meet at 9:00am at the Town Highway Garage at 3530 Theodore Roosevelt Highway to grab Green Up Day bags and disperse around town. We’ll reconvene at 12:00pm at the Garage to snap a group photo of our haul before we throw it in the dumpsters (and then go climbing!).⁠

By registering you’ll help to give us an idea of how many volunteers to expect. Bring your own food and water and appropriate clothing for the weather. We’ll provide the trash bags. We ask that you wear a mask during the morning meet up before we disperse and if you have a CRAG-VT shirt, please wear it too!⁠

2024 Member Meet-ups! 

Let’s climb together! CRAG-VT is again hosting our monthly member meet-ups. These are a great opportunity to get to know other local climbers, find partners, share beta, and try hard together. Member meetups are hosted on a rotating basis between Petra Cliffs, Metro Rock, and when weather permits, our outdoor crags. These gatherings are free and open to any CRAG-VT member. If you’re not a member yet, sign up at the meet up! Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm.

Dome Stabilization Project Complete! 
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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. 

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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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