The Main Cliff Rock Climbing
The Main Cliff is the premier attraction at Bone Mountain. It is a large, unbroken cliff band that houses several high-quality mixed routes. Most routes are 2 pitches in length, climbing corners, cracks, and weaknesses up obvious buttresses although in recent years the faces are starting to fill out as well.
Currently, there are about 40 routes on the Main Cliff...shocking (well, not really considering the approach to the cliff itself), as the cliff runs for over a 1/4 of a mile, wrapping around the large buttress facing Interstate 89.
Routes on the main cliff are guarded by a somewhat complex maze of talus. The further right you go, the easier the forested talus is. The right end of the main cliff has almost no talus. There is still a lot of untapped rock up on the Main Cliff. Dedication, perseverance, and patience are obligatory for route development. Great lines include; Eye in the Sky (5.10b)
, Family Picnic (5.7)
, Fuck Rumney (5.11a)
, and Lost in the Forest (5.8+)
(Chris Duca on Sep 26, 2011) Updated April 2016
Areas from left to right
Comprehensive directions can be found on the Bone Mountain
main page and directions to each wall can be found via the pages for those walls.
Peregrine Falcon Closure
With more climbers visiting Bone Mountain the state has taken a closer look at the Peregrine Falcon nesting. This is actually a benefit for climbers as the entire cliff used to close but we now have partial closures in effect.
The last few years nesting sites have been on the buttress to the right of Solstice Slab as well as atop the Moose Bones routes. Expect from Solstice Slab to Moose Bones to be closed. Anything left of Solstice Slab or right of Moose Bones seems to give the raptors enough room to be happy but as always use good judgement.
Climbing Season For the Bolton Area area.
Weather station 7.3 miles from here
35 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Main Cliff
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Main Cliff:
Featured Route For The Main Cliff
Family Picnic 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
: Bolton Area
: ... : B. Middle Cliff Routes
On par with any of the multi-pitch routes at the 82. Long, steep and thoughtful characterize this fun romp up a nice exposed buttress. start on the left side of a 70/80 foot buttress/pillar of rock in the center of the Main Cliff. The route is unmistakeable, as bolts mark the way. Pitch one is tricky little number with some balance and faith required at the crux. Finish on a nice ledge with a 2-bolt anchor.The 2nd pitch climbs steep rock up past an insecure block (step around it gingerly!!)...[more] Browse More Classics in Vermont
By Derek Doucet
Apr 22, 2016
Thanks for the update, Chris. Also thanks for the flurry of route development at Bone and elsewhere. I'm psyched to check out your new creations. Knowing first hand the amount of work involved, I sincerely appreciate your efforts.