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DescriptionBolton Valley contains more than just what's available at Lower West Bolton. In fact, there are plenty of climbing areas in Bolton Valley, which is located just 25 minutes from downtown Burlington. Some of these areas are located on private property and thus contain sensitive access issues. If you are new to the area, it is HIGHLY advisable to check with the locals and withcragvt.org before embarking on your own. Also, check out the guidebook Tough Schist.
Nevertheless, when you finally figure out how to get to where you want to go, (and where NOT to go) climbing in and around Bolton Valley can keep one busy for quite a while. The stone is green schist and runs the gamut of being extremely sound to being extremely scary. There are tremendous crack routes located here, as well as some amazing gear and mixed routes on the more remote buttresses scattered throughout the valley. There are also plenty of sport routes at Bolton Quarry and 82 crag and peppered throughout the hills of Bolton Valley.
If you are amped to climb here, get in touch with some of the locals at one of the local climbing spots in Burlington (Outdoor Gear Exchange, EMS, Petra Cliffs, or MetroRock) to the local beta. I've overheard climbers at the local gym say there is no reason to travel outside of Bolton Valley (or Vermont) to climb. This may be a little bit of hyperbole, but there certainly is plenty of stone and adventure to at least entertain the idea for quite a while.
Getting ThereIf coming from Interstate 89 (north or south), take the Richmond Exit (exit 11) and head east on Route 2. Bolton is roughly 6 miles from the exit. Lower and Upper West Bolton climbing areas are located on Bolton Access Rd while the Quarry, Carcass Crag, and 82 Crag are accessed from the top of Green Mountain Road. Bone Mountain is accessed via Bolton Valley Access Road.
Classic Climbing Routes at Bolton Area
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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