2004: Bolton Quarry

In 2004, CRAG-VT closed on the purchase of the Bolton Quarry. This 30-acre parcel includes stunning vertical ice pillars and some classic rock climbs. CRAG-VT’s acquisition of the Quarry was the first land conservation purchase specifically for rock and ice climbing in Vermont, and one of only a few to have been completed in the country.

Funding for the acquisition was provided by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), the Vermont Recreation Trails Grant Program, The Access Fund, and Climb High/Mammut. More than 125 CRAG-VT member donors were also critical to the project’s success.

The Quarry acquisition project received an unprecedented amount of local media attention including articles in the Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, and NE Cable News; as well as nationally in Rock & Ice, Climbing Online, and Access Fund Vertical Times. While the publicity was important to the project’s success, it also brought attention to CRAG-VT’s mission broader mission and helped position us to complete later projects.

With the acquisition, the Bolton Quarry was also permanently protected for climbing and recreation under a conservation easement held by the Vermont Land Trust and VHCB.

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