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Elevation: 520 ft
GPS: 44.37066, -72.85792
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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 denied to 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.)

Parking/Directions Suggest change

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!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bolton Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 45
The Country Doctor's Ramble
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 81
Work Shoes
Sport 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 77
Jamathon
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 83
Mister Rogers
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 45
Lichenology
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 44
Senderista
Sport 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 27
Interstate Crack
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 69
Release the Hens
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 45
The Awesomest
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
Before the Dawn
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Winston Churchill
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Two Times Infinity
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Mice and Zen
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 6
Tripe Stripe
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 8
Crimes of Omission
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Country Doctor's Ramble 01. W Side
 45
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Work Shoes 03. Railroad Yard
 81
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 3 pitches
Jamathon 01. W Side
 77
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Mister Rogers 10. Neighborhood Ledge
 83
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Lichenology 10. Neighborhood Ledge
 45
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Senderista 07. The Pirate's Cove
 44
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Interstate Crack 06. Main Wall
 27
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad
Release the Hens 06. Main Wall
 69
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Awesomest 01. W Side
 45
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Before the Dawn 09. Dometop
 16
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Winston Churchill 09. Dometop
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Two Times Infinity 09. Dometop
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Mice and Zen 06. Main Wall
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tripe Stripe 09. Dometop
 6
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Crimes of Omission 06. Main Wall
 8
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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