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 · Updates
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.

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!

Parking/Directions

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

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5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 24
The Country Doctor's Ramble
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 42
Work Shoes
Sport 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 51
Jamathon
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 54
Mister Rogers
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 23
Radical Sabbatical
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
Lichenology
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 29
Senderista
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 24
Mount Crushmore
Sport 2 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
Interstate Crack
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 40
Release the Hens
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 33
The Awesomest
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 12
Before the Dawn
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Tripe Stripe
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
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
 24
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Work Shoes 3. Railroad Yard
 42
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 3 pitches
Jamathon 1. W Side
 51
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Mister Rogers 7. Neighborhood Ledge
 54
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Radical Sabbatical 3. Railroad Yard
 23
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Lichenology 7. Neighborhood Ledge
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Senderista 6. The Pirate's Cove
 29
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Mount Crushmore 6. The Pirate's Cove
 24
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Interstate Crack 5. Main Wall
 13
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Release the Hens 5. Main Wall
 40
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Awesomest 1. W Side
 33
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Before the Dawn 9. Dometop
 12
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tripe Stripe 9. Dometop
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Winston Churchill 9. Dometop
 4
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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