Bolton Dome Rock Climbing
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IF THE LOT IS FULL: Park on the SOUTH side of the road clear of any mailboxes and with all tires off the paved portion of the road.
Additionally, no dogs are allowed at Bolton Dome after a few incidents involving neighbors.
A historic, south facing cliff with a 5-minute approach, tall climbing, and one of the most impressive boulders in New England. This cliff was closed for more than 20 years until the work of CRAG-VT opened it back to the public in 2019. Many excellent new bolted routes have filled out the once blank faces that denied ascentionists of the 80s and 90s and more are still being developed. With the new routes that have gone up this cliff now has the highest concentration of 5.12- routes in Vermont! Probably a crag best suited for the spring and fall, by June this cliff bakes in the sun and is unbearably hot in summer save for early mornings or the occasional cool day.
NOTE ON RATINGS: Many of the older routes described here are given ratings from the original topo (1980s) without personal confirmation so please be understanding if they aren't spot on (translation: sandbagged.)
As for the quality, we've spent many hours cleaning these routes but, of course, 20 years of inactivity has taken its toll. Bring a wire brush and help out the effort and be understanding that an old 3-star route listed here may still need some work to be brought back to its deserving glory!
As of June, 2019, CRAG-VT has secured a parking lot at the Bolton Dome. Please understand that parking at the dome is tenuous and has been a source of strain between neighbors and climbers. Your due diligence is appreciated.
Between March 15 and November 15: To get to parking, turn off Route 2 onto Champ Lane. The lot is your first left (under the auto shop sign).
There are 12 designated spots and ONLY 12 designated spots. Please do not overload the parking lot, it is a lease and we could lose the lot with irresponsible parking. If these spots are taken please park on the south side of Route 2 (fully off the pavement and clear of mailboxes).
November 15 - March 15: If there is snow to worry about, park at the end of Bolton Valley Access Rd. and walk 20 minutes east on route 2 and up Champ Ln.
Dogs are not permitted due to the front country nature of the crag.
Finally, please know that CRAG-VT is still making payments on this cliff and paying for parking. Please consider becoming a CRAG-VT member or donating to support their efforts!
Classic Climbing Routes at Bolton Dome
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