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Quartz Crack Face Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,361'
Location: 44.55765, -72.79535 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: John Gassel on Aug 11, 2016  with updates from tfarr3


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BETA PHOTO: Green: Quartz Crack (5.9) Blue: The Diagonal (5.8...

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If you enjoy being gawked at by tourists, this is the place to climb! The main parking lot in the notch offers a great view of this impressive section of rock. It's big, steep, and has huge roofs near the top.

Most of the routes (including the namesake Quartz Crack 5.9) on this wall come in at the sub 5.10 level, but shouldn't be underestimated. The protection is generally pretty good, but there can be mandatory run-outs on easier ground.

The wall faces southeast and gets sun from the morning through the greater part of the day. Storms can roll in even on a bluebird day in the notch.

Most of the popular routes on the wall will have new bolted rappel options to bail. However, once you top out on the cliff, you'll have to hike off [climber's right] a ways to find the rappel.

Getting There 

Ideally, park in the large lot just off to the side of the stone hut near the top of the notch. Look up! You'll see the Quartz Crack area towering above you.

From the parking lot following the hiking trail for 100 yards until you see a sign indicating the end of the hiking trail. Scramble up one of a few easy gullies from here to the base. You'll want to trend a bit right early on. If you picked the right gully, it will deposit you on the left side of the face you want to climb. Otherwise you'll have to thrash right a bit. You won't be the first, don't worry. I'm sure you'll find the proper trail on the descent!

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Quartz Crack Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Quartz Crack Face:
The Diagonal   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
Quartz Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 360'   
The Diagonal: Right Finish   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
Flight of the Manatee   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Travis rapping off P1 of Flight of the Manatee.

Flight of the Manatee 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Vermont : Smuggler's Notch : Quartz Crack Face
A climb that many saw for years but nobody felt like drawing the stares enough to bolt it. Well, we did and it was worth it! Pitch 2 was previously toproped by Nate Vince and Hope Chipman.P1: Pad up the easy slab without gear for 30 or so feet to a grassy ledge. Step left and up on quartz to a bolt and good edges. Once under the small roof, traverse right and pull up on good holds. Make a wild move out left above the void and pull up to a stance below the second roof. Gain the edge under the roo...[more]   Browse More Classics in Vermont

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Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the face as seen from the parking area.
A view of the face as seen from the parking area.

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