Elevation: 520 ft
GPS: 44.371, -72.858 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kris Fiore on Feb 1, 2018 with 6 Suggestions
Admins: Jason Hayden, Luc-514, Kris Fiore
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures for access issues: please review cragvt.org Details
Access Issue: Parking and Dogs Details

Description

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.

Early favorites are starting to emerge:

The Awesomest 5.11d
Wet Dream 5.10c
Two Thumbs Down 5.12a
Interstate 5.11b/c
Crimes of Omission 5.12b
Release the Hens 5.11c
Mount Crushmore 5.12a
Mister Rogers 5.7
Casual Collusion 5.10c
Lichenology 5.10a
Fire in the Hole 5.12a
Before the Dawn 5.12a

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 a 3-star route listed here may still need some work to be brought back to its deserving glory!

Parking/Directions

As of June, 2019, CRAG-VT has secured a parking lot at the Bolton Dome.

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.

If these spots are taken please park on the south side of Route 2 (fully off the pavement and clear of mailboxes). 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
 20
The Country Doctor's Ramble
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Work Shoes
Sport 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 32
Jamathon
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 39
Mister Rogers
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 15
Radical Sabbatical
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 16
Lichenology
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 21
Senderista
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Mount Crushmore
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 8
Interstate Crack
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 28
Release the Hens
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 24
The Awesomest
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Before the Dawn
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Tripe Stripe
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Winston Churchill
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Crimes of Omission
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Country Doctor's Ramble 1. W Side
 20
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Work Shoes 2. Railroad Yard
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 3 pitches
Jamathon 1. W Side
 32
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Mister Rogers 8. Neighborhood Ledge
 39
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Radical Sabbatical 2. Railroad Yard
 15
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Lichenology 8. Neighborhood Ledge
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Senderista 7. The Pirate's Cove
 21
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Mount Crushmore 7. The Pirate's Cove
 18
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Interstate Crack 5. Main Wall
 8
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Release the Hens 5. Main Wall
 28
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Awesomest 1. W Side
 24
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Before the Dawn X. Dometop
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tripe Stripe X. Dometop
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Winston Churchill X. Dometop
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Crimes of Omission 5. Main Wall
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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