2010: Carcass Crag

In 2010, CRAG-VT acquired one of the area’s steepest and best sport climbing cliffs: The Carcass Crag! CRAG-VT signed a Purchase and Sale agreement to acquire the Carcass Crag through a boundary line adjustment on our Bolton Quarry property. We completed the land purchase and added three additional acres to the Quarry, permanently securing public access to this great crag.

Never been to the Carcass? That’s not a surprise. As with many local cliffs on private land, the Carcass was a guarded secret for over a decade before the acquisition. Derek Doucet was possibly the first to envision potential on this imposing cliff when he discovered it by accident in the winter of 1998. Doucet had been climbing ice in the Bolton Quarry and was preparing to leave when he noticed his Black Lab, Auggie, was missing. A prolonged search turned up Auggie with his head and shoulders buried in a rotting deer carcass, tail wagging ecstatically. Doucet looked up, and there was the cliff – a place whose name will forever memorialize the hapless deer.

Doucet told some friends about his find and that spring Dave Furman established Who’s Your Daddy (5.12c), the Carcass’s mega-classic line. The ‘Daddy was a revelation; a phenomenal route that overnight ushered in the sport climbing techniques and new standards of difficulty that defined the next decade of climbing in northwestern Vermont. It wasn’t long before other great climbs were done on the cliff including Alternative Power (5.12a), Worthless Stud (5.11d) and Progress (5.11a); every route tackling that ominous overhang half way up the cliff. With CRAG-VT’s acquisition in 2010, Vermont climbers secured these excellent climbs for the future.

A huge debt of thanks is due the Access Fund for their generous grant and their continued support. CRAG-VT would also like to thank Dr. Richard Katzman whose level head and tireless diplomacy were essential to the success of this project; to Seth Maciejowski for writing yet another successful grant; and to Pam Moreau for her legal services and patience. And last, but not least, the great folks in our climbing community that volunteered, donated, and supported us in this effort!

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