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Deer Leap Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,482'
Location: 43.6652, -72.833 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Luc-514, Kris Fiore, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Mike Baetz on Mar 21, 2008  with updates from Max Forbes
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This cliff is home to about 25-30 climbs; some high quality trad climbs, mostly on the left side, and some mixed climbs (i.e. bolts and gear) of varying quality on the right. The cliff faces south and can be quite windy since it sits on the ridge upon which the long trail runs. Several climbs can be top roped and a 60m rope is sufficient for all the climbs.

I've included only the best climbs on the left side for now.

Getting There 

Dear Leap is located in Killington on Rte. 4 near Pico Ski resort. The cliff sits above The Inn on the Long Trail, and parking is across the road.

The approach takes about 15 minutes, and requires some scrambling. The quickest route is not easy to find, but ascends a short slab (below and to the left are a couple shorter climbs that need some more traffic to clean up), then finds a way through some boulders above.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Deer Leap

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Deer Leap:
Standard Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Off Width   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Center Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Monkey   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Pit and the Pendulum   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Celibacy   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Monkey Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Simple and Independent Minds

Simple and Independent Minds 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b C2- PG13  Vermont : Deer Leap
At the right side of the cave @ Deer Leap's Right End is a wildly overhanging crack with a fixed RURP (broken cable) at its bottom. The crack starts incipient and widens to off-hands, overhanging roughly 10-15' in 50 vertical feet. The first section climbs as two stout boulder problems without a rest between, while the wide crack in the second half taps different technique. FA: 5.12 C2- [8/17/2010]. It should go fully free: go get it!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Vermont

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By Matt Wilson
From: Vermont, USA
Jan 17, 2012
As Nick has mentioned on the main page for Vermont, the new website for this area can be found at
By Daniel Kuzio
From: Plainfield, VT
Jul 19, 2013
Does anyone know if any of the routes here can be accessed from above and top roped? Thanks!
By Matt Wilson
From: Vermont, USA
Apr 10, 2014
Daniel - Everything on the main face left side can be toproped - there are several sets of bolted anchors, where each anchor can be used for multiple climbs. The shortest path to get to the anchors is to take the direct trail up to the main cliff, and continue around the left side. Many of the lower climbs can also be toproped although if I recall there is often rope rubbing on rock for those (although nothing too serious).
By Ian Dibbs
Sep 11, 2014
The climbers trail to cliff is very rough, slippery, dangerous and can't be recommended. The established hiking trail is longer, slower, but a safe, less vegetation destructive, tranquil hike up. Takes a gentle 1/2 hour hike.
Once at the "top" of the hiking trail on the big rocky bulge, the climbs don't start there but down a level (looking down at 10:00) where there are some trees. Once at the correct spot (anchors unseen just over the edge of the cliff)... a trail to the climbs base is found on the right side (when looking over the cliff) which looks rough but actually isn't too bad.
By Travis Vicary
From: New Hampshire
May 19, 2016
Have there been problems with theft from the parking lot here? I'm thinking about heading that in the near future but I don't want my bike disappearing.
By Matt Wilson
From: Vermont, USA
Jul 15, 2016
Travis - the parking is right along route 4, and is also right across / right next to the Inn up there, so it's not a very secluded place, and is not really ideal for breaking in to cars. I have never heard of any issues with break ins, I personally would feel fine leaving my car parked there all day (windows up and doors locked, of course)
By Joseph Gorawt
Apr 27, 2017
The bolts on center crack are getting pretty loose. No surprise as that route is easily the most popular. If anyone has the tools / know-how to replace them I'd be happy to help pay for some new bolts / help install them - message me.
By Kris Fiore
From: Burlington, Vermont
Apr 28, 2017
Hi Joseph,

I notified Greg Kuchyt, he's the local go-to guy for bolt replacement in Vermont. I'm sure he will reach out to you and help you diagnose/develop a fix.

EDIT: Scratch that, look for Nick Goldsmith.
By Sara Stabley
May 12, 2017
Are there any designated bouldering routes in this area?
By Alexandra Reider
From: Lancaster, PA
May 26, 2017
I'm going to be staying here 6/7-6/13. Looking to do some climbing but none of the guide website links work. Looks like they're not active anymore. Does anyone have info on this? Also looking for partners as well while I'm there.

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