The Main Cliff Rock Climbing
The Main Cliff is the premier attraction at Bone Mountain. It is a large, unbroken cliff band that houses several high-quality mixed routes. Most routes are 2 pitches in length, climbing corners, cracks, and weaknesses up obvious buttresses although in recent years the faces are starting to fill out as well.
Currently, there are about 40 routes on the Main Cliff...shocking (well, not really considering the approach to the cliff itself), as the cliff runs for over a 1/4 of a mile, wrapping around the large buttress facing Interstate 89.
Routes on the main cliff are guarded by a somewhat complex maze of talus. The further right you go, the easier the forested talus is. The right end of the main cliff has almost no talus. There is still a lot of untapped rock up on the Main Cliff. Dedication, perseverance, and patience are obligatory for route development. Great lines include; Eye in the Sky (5.10b)
, Family Picnic (5.7)
, Fuck Rumney (5.11a)
, and Lost in the Forest (5.8+)
(Chris Duca on Sep 26, 2011) Updated April 2016
Areas from left to right
Comprehensive directions can be found on the Bone Mountain
main page and directions to each wall can be found via the pages for those walls.
Peregrine Falcon Closure
With more climbers visiting Bone Mountain the state has taken a closer look at the Peregrine Falcon nesting. This is actually a benefit for climbers as the entire cliff used to close but we now have partial closures in effect.
The last few years nesting sites have been on the buttress to the right of Solstice Slab as well as atop the Moose Bones routes. Expect from Solstice Slab to Moose Bones to be closed. Anything left of Solstice Slab or right of Moose Bones seems to give the raptors enough room to be happy but as always use good judgement.
Weather station 7.3 miles from here
24 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Main Cliff
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Main Cliff:
Featured Route For The Main Cliff
Compound Fracture 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a VT
: Bolton Area
: ... : B. Middle Cliff Routes
A wild and exposed journey up the obvious seam/crack system. While there are hollow spots, the rock is generally much better than it looks from below. Begin as for Flippin' the Bird, breaking right into the seam at 20ft. Half way up the seam, move right over two foot ledges. Load up on small gear under the roof (fixed white tricam) and make a wild and committing move around the corner and into the wide, flaring crack. Continue up the crack with amazing exposure and good feet,...[more] Browse More Classics in VT
From: Burlington, Vermont
Apr 13, 2016
Peregrine Falcon Closure for 2016 starts just right of Ulna/Radius and continues for the East side of the cliff. There is an obvious sign at the base of the cliff right before you hit the Solstice Slab.
Working to get the far east side opened. Will post updates if any arise.
By Derek Doucet
Apr 22, 2016
Thanks for the update, Chris. Also thanks for the flurry of route development at Bone and elsewhere. I'm psyched to check out your new creations. Knowing first hand the amount of work involved, I sincerely appreciate your efforts.