Elevation: 2,361 ft
GPS: 44.558, -72.795 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John Gassel on Aug 10, 2016 with updates from tfarr3
Admins: Luc-514, Kris Fiore

Description

If you enjoy being gawked at by tourists, this is the place to climb! The main parking lot in the notch offers a great view of this impressive section of rock. It's big, steep, and has huge roofs near the top.

Most of the routes (including the namesake Quartz Crack 5.9) on this wall come in at the sub 5.10 level, but shouldn't be underestimated. The protection is generally pretty good, but there can be mandatory run-outs on easier ground.

The wall faces southeast and gets sun from the morning through the greater part of the day. Storms can roll in even on a bluebird day in the notch.

Most of the popular routes on the wall will have new bolted rappel options to bail. However, once you top out on the cliff, you'll have to hike off [climber's right] a ways to find the rappel.

Getting There

Ideally, park in the large lot just off to the side of the stone hut near the top of the notch. Look up! You'll see the Quartz Crack area towering above you.

From the parking lot following the hiking trail for 100 yards until you see a sign indicating the end of the hiking trail. Scramble up one of a few easy gullies from here to the base. You'll want to trend a bit right early on. If you picked the right gully, it will deposit you on the left side of the face you want to climb. Otherwise you'll have to thrash right a bit. You won't be the first, don't worry. I'm sure you'll find the proper trail on the descent!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Quartz Crack Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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The Diagonal
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Quartz Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 4
The Diagonal: Right Finish
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
Flight of the Manatee
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Diagonal
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Quartz Crack
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
The Diagonal: Right Finish
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Flight of the Manatee
 10
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
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I climbed a short bolted line this weekend (July 7th 2018) to climber’s right of quartz crack — probably 5.8-5.9. Anybody know what this line is? Jul 9, 2018
Greg Kuchyt
Richmond, VT
Greg Kuchyt   Richmond, VT
Down from the ledge you launch off of for Diagnol? ~30 ft of scrambling then a step left onto a bench and some weaving around a couple overlaps? If so, sounds like Flight of the Manatee. Jul 9, 2018
There's a new route being developed slightly right of QC by Tim and Steve that only has one pitch at the moment and I believe it is 5.9.They were working on the upper pitches yesterday. Looks like it's going to be a great line! Jul 29, 2018