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A Major T,TR 
A Minor T 
A-Sharp T,TR 
Dead Babies T 
Dogzilla T,TR 
Hailstorm T 
Harvest Moon T,TR 
Hush, Mama Thrush T 
In the Pines T 
Slip, The T 
Snake Skin Slab T,TR 
Steel Feathers T 
Sticks and Stones T 
Tea in the Sahara T 
Wavey Good-Bye T 
What's up, doc? T 

Lower West Bolton Rock Climbing 

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  • Description 

    The most popular and most accessible climbing area in Bolton Valley. This area is busy on weekends and apres work during the summer and fall.

    Some great and very lead-able routes are located here. A-Minor, Tea in the Sahara, and Sticks and Stones are just a few examples of routes here that take great gear. If you plan to lead a route here during a busy time, make sure no one is setting up a TR above you--it's not pleasant to have a rope dropped on your head while above your gear.

    Most routes can be top-roped easily with one 60 meter rope and a 50 foot length of static line except for a few routes on the center of the cliff. Anchors at the top of the cliff are plentiful using either bolts or large trees.

    Visit this web address ( to obtain a rudementary topo that was featured in Climbing Magazine in the early '90's.

    Getting There 

    Exit 11 (Richmond Exit) off of Interstate 89. Head east on Route 2 for roughly 6 miles into Bolton. Make a left onto Notch Road, which is located along the long, flat section of Route 2. Head up the road for roughly a 1/4 mile until you see an obvious small parking lot on the right. There is enough room in this lot to fit 3 cars, but spots are also available along the right hand side of the road.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 7.7 miles from here

    16 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Lower West Bolton

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower West Bolton:
    Snake Skin Slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, TR, 60'   
    Wavey Good-Bye   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
    Harvest Moon   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Hush, Mama Thrush   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
    A Minor   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
    Hailstorm   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
    A Major   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 70'   
    Sticks and Stones   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
    Tea in the Sahara   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
    Steel Feathers   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Lower West Bolton

    Featured Route For Lower West Bolton
    Rock Climbing Photo: Bottom half of the route

    Hush, Mama Thrush 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  VT : Bolton Area : Lower West Bolton
    On the right side of the middle section of the cliff, is this diamond-in-the-rough. Locate the ramp-like feature roughly 20 feet off the ground with a blocky--usually wet--start. Gain the ramp and make some tedious, and slippery moves up to the small roof. Place some gear, move up over the small overhang using some finger holds to a stance that forces you move up through additional finger moves with slippery feet. This yields a surprisingly fun finger crack that takes you to the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in VT

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    By SarahKS
    Sep 16, 2008
    I was just up at Bolton this weekend and wanted to let everyone know that the road that Upper and Lower West Bolton climbs are off of is called Notch Rd NOT Bolton Access Rd or Bolton Mountain Rd. Happy climbing.

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