VERMONT CLIMBING FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 23 - 25, 2022











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Join us this fall in Richmond, VT and on the cliffs of Bolton for the fourth annual Vermont Climbing Festival. We’re planning a weekend of camping, climbing, workshops, clinics, competitions, speakers, music & more! 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.

Schedule

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

Friday, September 23rd

  • 9 AM – 3 PM: Climbing Clinics
  • 3 – 6:30 PM Richmond Farmers’ Market
  • 5 – 8 PM: Festival Registration
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Climber Social with CRAG-VT, Presented by Lawson’s Finest & Halyard Brewing
  • 8:30 PM: Climber Story Hour & Campfire Hosted by Bill Patt0n

Saturday, September 24th

  • 7:30 - 9AM: Festival Check-In
  • 7:30 - 10AM: DEMO Gear
  • 8 - 9 AM: Yoga 
  • 7:30 - 9:00 AM: Coffee & Waffle BReakfast Hosted by Fjallraven
  • 9 AM - 3PM: Climbing Clinics
  • 9 AM - 4 PM: Black Barn Farm Bouldering Competition
  • 4 PM + Base Camp Workshops 
  • 4 PM + Vendor Village
  • 7 PM: Keynote Speaker CEDAR WRITGHT, Presented by the North Face
  • 8 PM: The Donny’ Wall Dyno Comp & Crack Wrestling Machine with DJ Kang AnAde
  • Raffle, Silent Auction, Games + More!

Sunday, September 25th

  • Coffee & Pastries Courtesy of Hacienda La Minita & Red Hen Bakery
  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM: Yoga 
  • 9 AM - 1 PM: CRAG-VT Stewardship Project
  • 9 AM - 3 PM: Climbing Clinics
Registration
  • Tickets on sale: July 1st, Space will be Limited limited
  • Pre-Sale Weekend Pass: $50 for Participants Until August 1st. 
  • Weekend Pass: $60 for participants ages 12+; children under 12 are free. This includes access to climbing competitions, workshops, The North Face Athelete Presentation, Music, revelry, story telling, & more! 10% off For CRAG-VT Members. Clinics sold separately. 
  • Camping at Cochran’s Basecamp is free! (donations encouraged)
  • Clinics are not included in the weekend pass; prices range from $80 – $195; CRAG-VT members Receive a 10% Discount. 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 100% off festival entrance for 4 hours during the fest! If you’re interested in helping out, FILL OUT THIS FORM !
  • COVID-19 Update: We are committed to a safe festival. Please do not attend if you are sick.  we reserve the right to change our COVID policy if the state of the pandemic changes as we approach the event. 
VOLUNTEER
Volunteers help bring the festival to life! If you’re interested in helping out during the festival, FILL OUT THIS FORM. Folks who give 4 hours of time during the festival get 100% off their registration, and folks who give 2 hours get 50% off. Registration costs will be reimbursed after volunteer shifts are complete. 
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 100% off of their festival pass after completing 4 hours of volunteer (or 50% off for 2 hours) — plus, it’s fun to be a part of the show! If you’re interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

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 1st. Clinic refunds are not available after September 1st. 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 festival@cragvt.org 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 leave 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. We retain the right to change our COVID policy if we deem it necessary per the state of the Pandemic.

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.

  • Please stay home if you’re feeling sick or if you may have been exposed.
  • Mask up outdoors depending on your own comfort levels.
  • Full refunds are available for those who test positive for COVID-19 (this is the only instance where a refund will be issued)
North Face Speaker: CEDAR WRIGHT

Climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright has traveled the world establishing adventurous first ascents and documenting his exploits through his writing and cinematography. A National Geographic Explorer and a contributing editor at Climbing magazine, Cedar founded the popular Sufferfest franchise, which he stars in alongside his good friend Alex Honnold. Known for his wacky (and often masochistic) sense of humor and infectious passion for adventure, Cedar continues to push what’s possible in climbing and filmmaking, all while never taking himself too seriously and caring for two miniature dogs, Gus and Bernie.

While studying English and creative writing at college in Northern California, Cedar fell in love with rock climbing, and soon after graduation, he moved into his truck. He split his time between Yosemite and Joshua Tree, making speed ascents on El Capitan and first ascents on the Sentinel. He remains one of the few people to have freed El Capitan in a day. For more than five years, Cedar served on the legendary Yosemite Search and Rescue Team. The climber has also pioneered new alpine rock routes in places like Pakistan, British Columbia and Alaska. More recently, the paragliding pilot took flight from 18,490-foot Pico de Orizaba, the third highest mountain in North America.

A self-taught photographer and cinematographer, Cedar first shot with his dad’s old DSLR camera for his school’s newspaper. Wright’s big break came after filming a unique, human-powered adventure with Honnold in which the pair climbed all of California’s 14,000-foot peaks, biked more than 700 miles, hiked at least 100 miles, and climbed over 100,000 vertical feet (often while free soloing). The film toured with Banff Mountain Film Fest and Mountainfilm and since then, he’s been capturing and logging entertaining adventures. Wright’s next release features a lifelong dream realized: a recent expedition with The North Face to Antarctica.

Accomplishments:

  • 5.13 First Ascents in Yosemite and Indian Creek
  • “Free in a Day” ascent of El Capitan
  • Big Wall First Ascents on all 7 continents
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Competitions

We will be hosting three competitions during the festival – the Black Barn Bouldering Comp will take place Saturday, September 24th from 9 AM – 5PM and is free for all attendees.
The Donny Wall Dyno Comp, presented by MetroRock Vermont and the Crack Wrestling Machine, will be rockin during the evening festivities on Saturday night. Prizes for winners and fun for all, more detailed info coming soon!

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!

Clinics

Separate Clinic registration is required and spaces fill up quickly! Clinics will be offered Friday, 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 from 9am – 3pm with Paul Brown

Size: 1:6 (guide : client) Price: $80 (CRAG member’s get a 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 on Saturday from 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:4 (guide : client) Price: $90 (CRAG member’s get a 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 a 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 Friday & Saturday from 9am – 3pm

Size: 1:4 (guide : client) Price: $100 (CRAG member’s get a 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 a 10% discount)

LGBTQ+ Intro to Outdoor Rock

In this clinic, participants will cover top-rope setups, top-rope belaying, building/cleaning anchors, tips for new leaders, and lead belay technique. Emphasis for the day will be on enjoying the sport of climbing in an atmosphere is welcoming to queer and trans climbers. 

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

Size: 1:4 (guide : client) Price: $80 (CRAG member’s get a 10% discount)

Multipitch Transitions

Already a rock climber, and maybe already climbing multi-pitch, but looking to hone in on those technical skills some more? Come learn ways to improve your efficiency in the multi-pitch setting both at the belay transitions and managing between a single and multi-rope system. From parallel to caterpillar and back to parallel, outside-inside-under at the belays, and stacking and flipping the pancake, or belaying two followers with two different devices are all ways to increase your efficiency while maintaining safety in multi-pitch terrain. Learn what these all mean during our day out on the rock!

Prerequisites: We recommend this course 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.

Availability: This clinic will be offered on Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 3pm

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

Multipitch Transitions

Details coming Soon!

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

Climbing Photography

Everybody loves a glamour shot! Learn how to set up and photograph climbs safely and efficiently from a fixed line. This clinic is for photographers who are familiar with their cameras and want to learn how to ascend ropes, set up for shots, manage equipment, and practice techniques for capturing the action on the wall.

Prerequisites: We recommend this clinic for photographers who are familiar with outdoor rock climbing and comfortable with ascending, hanging, and descending on ropes.

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

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

Advances Approaches & Unusual Belays

Details coming Soon!

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

Climb a Classic

Follow on a classic route with one of our experienced guides. This will be a personalized adventure based on your own skill set and your hopes for climbing a Vermont gem, whether it’s a multi-pitch route or classic single pitches.

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced climbers, top-rope or lead, who would like to experience climbing a long route with a guide. Must be able to follow or top-rope a 5.9 outside or cleanly top-rope a 5.10 at the gym. Must be able to tie a figure-eight knot and must be comfortable rappelling.

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

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

Mental Training for Climbing

Climbing involves both physical and mental strength, and requires skills to manage the stress placed on our bodies and minds. Honing these skills help climbers push through when the mind threatens to shut us down. This clinic is designed to explore fundamental mental training techniques such as managing fear, anxiety, frustration, how to appropriately assess risk, and practicing these techniques in real time on outdoor climbs.

Prerequisites: We recommend this clinic for climbers of all levels

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

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

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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.
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