Vermont Climbing Festival

September 24 - 26th in Richmond, VT

UPDATE: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (results received no more than 48 hours in advance of the event) will be required to enter the Vermont Climbing Festival. Physical card or photo accepted; name must match photo ID. Full COVID Guidelines Here

Calling All Climbers!

Join us this fall in Richmond, VT and on the cliffs of Bolton for the third annual Vermont Climbing Festival. We’re planning a weekend of camping, climbing, workshops, clinics, competitions, speakers, music & more! Tickets go on sale August 10th and will be limited! All proceeds support the work of CRAG-VT to protect and preserve Vermont Climbing.

If you’re interested in being a part of this year’s festival, contact Lauren and director@cragvt.org.

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*Schedule still subject to change! Check back for more details.

Friday, September 24th

  • 3 - 6:30 PM Richmond Farmers’ Market
  • 5 - 8PM: Festival Registration
  • 8:30PM: Climber Story Hour & Campfire Hosted by Bill Patt0n & Presented by PetraCliffs

Saturday, September 25th

  • 7 - 9AM: Festival Check-In
  • Morning TBD: DEMO Gear Check-Out
  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM: Yoga with Sangha Studios
  • Waffle Breakfast presented by Fjallraven
  • 9 AM - 3PM: Climbing Clinics
  • 9 AM - 5PM: Clipin' in Bolton Roped Climbing Competition Presented by Mammut
  • 9 AM - 5 PM: Black Barn Farm Bouldering Competition
  • 4 PM - 7PM: Base Camp Workshops 
    (VMBA Group Mountain Bike Ride, AcroYoga, Leave No trace for Climbers + More(?))
  • 4 PM: Vendor Village
  • 7 PM: Keynote Speaker Anna Pfaff Presented by the North Face
  • 8 PM: The Donny’ Wall Dyno Comp Presented by MetroRock Vermont
  • 8 PM: DJ Kang AnAde
  • Raffle, Silent Auction, Games + More!

Sunday, September 26th

  • Coffee & Pastries Courtesy of Hacienda La Minita & Red Hen Bakery
  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM: Yoga with Sangha Studios
  • 9 AM - 1 PM: CRAG-VT Stewardship Project
  • 9 AM - 3 PM: Climbing Clinics
Registration
  • Tickets on sale: August 10th, capacity will be limited
  • Weekend Pass: $60 for participants ages 12+; children under 12 are free. This includes access to climbing competitions, workshops, a visiting North Face Presentation by Anna Pfaff, late night music, dancing, Drinks from Halyard, story telling, saturday morning breakfast and coffee & more!
  • Camping at Cochran’s Basecamp is free! (donations encouraged)
  • Clinics are not included in the weekend pass; prices range from $80 – $195 and are discounted for CRAG-VT members. Clinic participation requires purchase of a Festival Pass. Clinics run Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm, details are listed on the festival website.
  • Volunteers receive 50% off festival entrance! If you’re interested in helping out during the fest, FILL OUT THIS FORM before purchasing your festival passes!
  • COVID-19 Update: Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test (results received no more than 48 hours in advance of the event) will be required to enter the Vermont Climbing Festival. Physical card or photo accepted; name must match photo ID. See our complete covid guidelines here. Fest COVID policy
VOLUNTEER
Volunteers help bring the festival to life! If you’re interested in helping out during the festival, FILL OUT THIS FORM. All volunteers receive 50% off of their festival Entrance. 
vendors, partners & sponsors
Are you interested in vending, offering a workshop, sponsoring, or being involved in some other way in the festival? if so, we’d love to hear about your idea! We’ve got lots of space for collaboration, just reach out to lauren at director@cragvt.org to get involved. 

Do I need to register to attend?

Sure do! Registration is required to attend and the number of participants is limited. We expect that the festival will sell out, so be sure to register early!

Are there scholarships or discounts?

Volunteers receive 50% off of their festival pass — plus, it’s fun to be a part of the show! If you’re interested in volunteering, fill out this form before purchasing your festival pass.

What isn’t included in the cost of registration?

Clinics, transportation, food and climbing equipment rentals are not included in the cost of registration.

Do I need to sign up separately for clinics?

Yes. Clinics are not included in the weekend pass; prices range from $80 – $195 and are discounted for CRAG-VT members. Clinic participation requires purchase of a Festival Pass. Clinics run Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm, more details are listed on the festival website below! 

What is the refund policy?

This is a rain or shine event and festival passes are non-refundable. Clinic tickets are 75% refundable through September 5th, 2021. Clinic refunds are not available after September 5th, 2021. Should you be unable to attend your clinic and wish to sell your non-refundable clinic ticket, your ticket is transferable (transfer will not be complete until reviewed and approved by CRAG Vermont). If you do not show up for your clinic, you will not be given a refund. No refund once you have attended a clinic. To request a refund or transfer, email info@vermontclimbingfestival.com and festival organizers will give an initial response within 5 business days. Festival organizers may cancel a clinic for any reason. If the Festival cancels a clinic, your payment will be fully refunded. If clinic does not reach minimum participants required to take place the festival will cancel the clinic and give registrants the option for a full refund or to transfer into another clinic of equal value during the festival weekend (subject to availability). Clinics run rain or shine, unless otherwise decided by the guide.

What if it rains?

We get wet! (Probably). This is a rain or shine event, so dress appropriately and come with a great attitude to party down in the sun or the sprinkles. 

Camping is Free!

Camping is free for attendees at our festival basecamp at Cochran’s Ski Resort in Richmond, Vermont. Donations are very appreciated and support CRAG-VT’s work protecting VT rock climbing.

Kids 12 and Under are Free!

Festival entrance for children 12 and under is free!

Do I have to be an experience climber to attend?

Nope! We welcome to all abilities and skill levels and offer clinics that range from introduction to climbing and gym to crag, to more advanced classes for those with more experience!

Dogs - please let them at home!

Unfortunately there are no dogs allowed at the festival; please leave the furry friends at home!

Is this a fundraiser?

It sure is! This is CRAG-VT’s largest annual fundraiser, and provides critical financial support for our work throughout the year. Learn more about what we do here.

What are your COVID precautions?

Safety and risk management are our priority, the guidelines below have been developed to help keep our community safe. Please understand that we are doing our best to balance the desire to hold a joyful community gathering with the continuously evolving challenge of COVID-19. Foremost, we ask all attendees to support one another’s decisions pertaining to personal safety.

Here are the guidelines that we ask all attendees to follow. Of course, we cannot guarantee anyone’s complete safety, and these are our attempts to reasonably mitigate risk. If the best course of action for you is to stay home, please do so.

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (results received no more than 48 hours in advance of the event) will be required to enter the Vermont Climbing Festival. Physical card or photo accepted; name must match photo ID.
  • Please stay home if you’re feeling sick or if you may have been exposed.
  • Masks will be required in all indoor spaces. Mask up outdoors depending on your comfort levels.
  • Full refunds are available for those affected by COVID-19 (this is the only instance where a refund will be issued)
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Climbers’ Story Campfire

Join us at 8:30 on Friday evening of the festival for a moth-inspired story hour, hosted by local climbing legend and story teller, Bill Patton. E-mail Bill at stories@cragvt.org to pre-register or for help in putting your story together! Big thanks to Petra Cliffs for sponsoring this piece of the fest!
We will be hosting three competitions during the festival – the Clipin’ n Bolton Roped Climbing Comp presented by Mammut & the Black Barn Bouldering Comp will take place Saturday, September 25th from 9 AM – 5PM are are free for all attendees. The Donny Wall Dyno Comp, presented by MetroRock Vermont, will be rockin during the evening festivities on Saturday night. Prizes for winners and fun for all, more detailed info coming soon!
Black Barn Bouldering Comp Guidelines 
Clipin’ N Bolton Guidelines & BOLTON ROUTE LIST
Photo Contest Guidelines 
Vermont Climbing Fest Photo Contest: Winning photo will be published in the second edition of Tough Schist.
  • See full guidelines here (Including Travis’s thoughts on what makes a winning photo!) ⁠
  • Photos must be taken at the Vermont Climbing Festival in 2021, between Friday, 9/24 and Sunday, 9/26⁠
  • The climber(s) name(s), route name, and the photographer’s name. You are also welcome to submit a brief summary to describe the picture if desired. 
  • Entries should be submitted via Instagram by tagging @crag_vt AND @vermontrock802 and using #vtfestphoto. 
  • Entries can also be submitted via email to lauren@cragvt.org AND travis@vermontrock.com with subject line “VTFESTPHOTO” if you do not have IG. 
  • Folks can submit multiple shots. 
  • Entries will be judged by a panel from the CRAG-VT board & Fest Volunteers, with final say by guidebook author Travis Peckham
  • By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by the CRAG-VT and Vermont Rock (Tough Schist) for advertising purposes.⁠
  • Photos must be submitted by September 30, 2021 at 8PM⁠
  • The winner will be contacted via the email address provided during entry. 
  • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.⁠

Clinics

Registration is required and spaces fill up quickly! Clinics will be offered Saturday and Sunday of the festival, and run from 9am – 3pm. Participants must have a weekend pass to register for a clinic and clinics cost between $80-$195 each (discounts for CRAG-VT Members!). Participants will meet at basecamp in the morning and head to their crags together (please carpool!). Bring your personal climbing gear, lunch, water, snacks, sunscreen, approach shoes, rain layer, and any additional equipment listed for your clinic with you! See below for specific clinic offerings!

Gym to Crag: Top Roping**  

So, you’re ready for taking your gym skills outside? This class will give you the skills to set up a top-rope anchor and review key communication steps to ensure you and your belayers can feel just as comfortable as you do at the gym. This will include hiking around a cliff to set up an anchor and hiking back down to start tying in to climb. 

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced indoor climbers.

Availability: This is a single day clinic that will be offered both Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:6 (guide : client) Price: $80 (CRAG member’s get $10 discount)

Intro to Trad Climbing**

Experience the purity of rock climbing: no bolts, but instead trad gear. Learn to climb cracks while placing removable traditional gear. You will learn how to lead belay, place gear, build traditional anchors, and plan and execute a trad route. You’ll take steps into this new realm with a mock lead that will allow you to practice these skills while minimizing risk. This class is designed for climbers wanting to gain the skills necessary to lead trad climbs. 

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced sport lead climbers who have earned their Lead Belay status at an indoor climbing gym and a significant amount of climbing experience. Climbers who are very experienced in top-rope (5.9 or higher) may also enroll even if they have not done a sport-lead. Additional pre-req classes in building anchors or other technique classes serve as an excellent primer for this trad leading clinic.

Availability: This is a single day clinic that will be offered both Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:4 (guide : client) Price: $90 (CRAG member’s get $10 discount)

Intro to Trad Climbing**

Experience the purity of rock climbing: no bolts, but instead trad gear. Learn to climb cracks while placing removable traditional gear. You will learn how to lead belay, place gear, build traditional anchors, and plan and execute a trad route. You’ll take steps into this new realm with a mock lead that will allow you to practice these skills while minimizing risk. This class is designed for climbers wanting to gain the skills necessary to lead trad climbs. 

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced sport lead climbers who have earned their Lead Belay status at an indoor climbing gym and a significant amount of climbing experience. Climbers who are very experienced in top-rope (5.9 or higher) may also enroll even if they have not done a sport-lead. Additional pre-req classes in building anchors or other technique classes serve as an excellent primer for this trad leading clinic.

Availability: This is a single day clinic that will be offered both Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:4 (guide : client) Price: $90 (CRAG member’s get $10 discount)

Intro to Sport
Take your climbing to the next level as you gain the skills necessary to lead sport climbs outside! You will learn best practices for managing sport climbing gear, reading the rock to plan your ascent, setting up a sport climb, cleaning and lowering through a sport anchor, and rappelling. You will also be exposed to climbing etiquette and ethics so you can be a part of preserving the climbs you enjoy for generations to come. This will include cleaning and rappelling. 

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced gym climbers or anyone interested in taking their climbing outside to the next level.

Availability: This is a single day clinic that will be offered both Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:6 (guide : client) Price: $80 (CRAG member’s get $10 discount)

Rock Rescue**

What if you need to rappel on a damaged rope? Or your rappel line gets stuck? Or you need to safely bail off a climb and don’t want to lose your whole rack? Worse yet, what if you need to descend with an incapacitated partner? Many climbers advance their climbing skills without considering the need to complement those skills with necessary problem-solving and rescue skills. Make sure you’re taking active steps to advance those skills together through participation in this clinic. Led by an IFMGA-certified guide with experience in rock, ice, and alpine environments, you’ll learn a variety of techniques for handling both common climbing problems and approaches for dealing with more advanced scenarios. The focus will be on building a solid set of rescue skills that you can then transfer across contexts. Climbing involves freedom—but with freedom comes responsibility —make sure you are taking active steps to become educated in self-rescue by participating in this clinic! 

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for climbers with a solid base of climbing experience. Must be able to cleanly follow or top-rope a 5.8 outside and a 5.9 at the gym. Experience with belaying is required, as is comfort with rappelling. Basic knowledge of the clove hitch, munter mule overhand, and friction hitches will be useful in maximizing your learning.

Availability: This is a single day clinic that will be offered both Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:4 (guide : client) Price: $90 (CRAG member’s get $10 discount)

Women’s Intro to Outdoor Rock

This clinic is for those who identify as a woman! If you’ve only climbed inside or you’re looking to explore rock climbing for the first time, this is your opportunity to practice with a professional female identifying rock climbing instructor.  Learn tips and techniques that will work for a female body; open to all women of all abilities.

Purposes: To introduce basic safety concepts and the role of the individual climber within the climbing system. How to climb for personal enjoyment and as a potential lifelong pursuit. Provide participants with an awareness of how to become a safe and responsible climber. 

Availability: This is a single day clinic that will be offered on Saturday 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:6 (guide : client) Price: $80 (CRAG member’s get $10 discount)

Women’s Multi-pitch

Calling all ladies! Spend a day rock climbing with Andrea Charest, (co owner of Petra Cliffs and Certified BA) on a multi-pitch route. More details coming soon! 

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Availability: This is a single day clinic that will be offered on Sunday 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:2 (guide : client) Price: $195 (CRAG member’s get $10 discount)

North Face Speaker: Anna Pfaff

In 2017, Anna Pfaff,  alpinist, expedition climber, and nurse who has climbed in some of the most remote alpine terrain in the world, led an all-star crew of female climbers on a month-long expedition to a remote valley deep in India’s Zanskar Range. Despite some unfavorable conditions, Anna and the team managed three new routes, including a first ascent of Peak 5400, which included 400 meters of unknown terrain up to 5.10. It marked her third trip to the region of Kashmir she finds challenging and fascinating.

Anna’s happiest when she’s in remote parts of the largest ranges in the world, setting new routes, climbing first ascents and learning about the people and culture surrounding the peaks she’s climbing. She’s completed multiple expeditions to the Karakorum Range of Pakistan, Tibetan Himalaya, Nepal and India, the Tian Shan of Kyrgyzstan, the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy in Colombia, and the Peruvian, Bolivian and Patagonian Andes. In 2017, she was one of two women on TNF’s Expedition Antarctica and in 2018, Anna, along with TNF teammate Andres Marin and David Allfrey, climbed The Eternal Flame on The Nameless Tower and The American Route on the Great Trango Tower.

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Workshops

After your day out climbing, come back to our basecamp to enjoy some Saturday afternoon workshops before the evening party. Schedule TBD! If you’re interested in hosting a workshop, please contact director@cragvt.org.
Injury Prevention Workshop (Saturday Afternoon)
Learn about climber health and injury prevention with Burlington Physical Therapy.
Acroyoga Workshop! (Saturday Afternoon)
Rest day at camp? Bored between attempts on your project? We know you’ve already got a slack line, don’t be shy, come level up with acroyoga! Imagine slacklining or breakdancing on your friends! It’s a challenge of balance and communication with a huge side of laughter. In this workshop we’ll teach you some basic poses and a few transitions between them. Come as you are, solo or with friends. Please bring a yoga mat and beach size towel or blanket for you or your group. We will provide mats/blankets for a few people who may not have them. $10-$20 suggesting sliding scale donation, kid friendly, no experience necessary.
VMBA Group Rides (Timing TBD)
Our festival basecamp, Cochran’s Ski Area, has some of the best trails in the area. Give your forearms a rest and get your heart pumping on a group ride with the Vermont Mountain Biking Association!
The Petra Naturalist: Climbers & Leave No Trace (Saturday Afternoon)
Learn about Leave No Trace principles and how they relate to climbing as well as how climbers fit into the crag ecosystem.

SPONSORS

A huge thank you to our incredible sponsors. If you’re interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to us at director@cragvt.org