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Black Mountain North 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Main Cliff 15 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Elevation: 2,307 ft
GPS: 44.922, -71.743 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Rob Niles on May 19, 2017
Admins: Luc-514, Kris Fiore
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Black Mountain offers some great climbing in a very remote corner of Vermont. It has quality granite cracks of various sizes to keep you busy for a couple days. There is some potential for new stuff here and elsewhere in this region. The cliff itself falls into the track of land that is conserved by the Vermont Land Trust known as the Champion Lands, or Kingdom Heritage Lands. We have had no access issues or concerns climbing here for several years. Please be courteous of others and respectful of the land. Have fun and be cautious of loose rock.

Getting There

Travel VT Rt 114 north and go approximately 3 miles past the town of Norton. Turn right on Gaudette Rd and proceed down the access Rd for the powerline. Washouts are possible along this stretch of road so make sure you have some ground clearance. The main cliff is 6.4 miles down the power line rd. Look for a small clearing for parking on the east side of the road. From the far end of the parking area, a trail leads through some recent logging activity to the right side of the cliff and is marked with flagging. (Approx. 15 min, Soggy in Spring)

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I found some gear out at the cliff today that I don't think anyone intended to leave behind. If you can describe specifically what it is, I'll be happy to figure out how to return it to you. Sep 14, 2017
Was up there on Wednesday (July7). Moved the past winter's deadfall out of the approach trail and along the main cliff. Also did my best to mark the parking area with a large cairn, as well as the logging trail that circumvents the wetland area near the start. Watch out for log trucks on Gaudette Rd! Jul 7, 2017
Ira, Glad you made it there! I've never seen the gate closed, not sure who is in control of it. There are a couple other ways there from the south, Henshaw Rd and Stone Dam Rd, but are much longer on the dirt. We'll get the rest of the routes uploaded shortly. Glad you liked what you saw. May 27, 2017
Ira O
Hardwick, VT
Ira O   Hardwick, VT
I went out there today on a rainy day reconnoiter. It is, for lack of a better word, amazing. It is a trad climbers paradise. its like nothing else in VT. Tons of splitter cracks, corners, and overhanging ominous aretes. Definately more routes than are described here at this point. However, there is a gate on the road that was closed and locked about 5 miles away from the cliff. It took me a solid 2 hours to walk in to the main cliff, without a pack. A mountain bike would have made this better. or better yet, not having a gate at all. I also saw a mother bear with 2 cubs, and then a mile past them, a big male bear, so watch out for that. May 26, 2017
Kris Fiore
Burlington, Vermont
Kris Fiore   Burlington, Vermont  
Hey, Rob! Thanks for adding this to the MP database! A great addition for climbers who want to get out into the far reaches of VT and away from the crowds! May 22, 2017

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