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Upper Upper West Bolton Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Seth Maciejowski on Apr 28, 2012

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Upper Upper West Bolton Cliff is the largest cliff on Bolton Notch road, past Upper West and at the very top of the notch. The cliff is about .25 miles wide and up to 300' tall. The dominant angle of the face is around 70-80 degrees with the occasional overlap to spice things up. Routes are 1-3 pitches in length and from 5.7 - 5.12 in difficulty with most of the pitches falling in the 5.7 to 5.9 range. Some of the routes can be a bit on the chossy side so watch out especially on fragile edge features. Some of the best moderate pitches in Bolton are found at this cliff.

NOTE : This area is generally closed from April to August for peregrine nesting. Please abide by the signs and stay away from posted areas. CRAG-VT has established a good working relationship between climbers and the peregrine biologists, so let's please not jeopardize access.

Getting There 

Leave route 2 and head up Bolton Notch road for about 5 miles passing both lower west bolton cliff on the right and Upper West Bolton cliff on the left until you see the cliff on the left. You can't miss it. Park at the Preston ponds trailhead (up to 4 cars may comfortably park here). Take the Preston Ponds trail right between the beaver ponds and head up hill for a short distance until a side trail becomes visible on the right which will take you to the main wall of Double Upper.

Climbing Season

For the Bolton Area area.

Weather station 8.3 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Upper West Bolton

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Upper West Bolton:
Noises in the Night   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Wild West Wall
Captain's Crack (Erotic Nut Selection, E.N.S.)   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Main Face
Milk Train   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Wild West Wall
Plea Deal AKA Sling The Horn   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Main Face
Heavy Weather   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Face
Ladybug   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   Main Face
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Featured Route For Upper Upper West Bolton
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam Sherman starts up the FA of "Like A Hurr...

Like A Hurricane 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Vermont : Bolton Area : ... : Pond Wall
A good line straight up the highest section of the Pond Wall Amphitheater. When dry, this route features fun moves and a long pitch. The route is not super sustained and the crux moves are well protected by bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in Vermont

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By Seth Maciejowski
Apr 28, 2012
One of my favorite crags. It's a shame that most people don't really know what the routes are here for the most part. Hopefully that will change with the guidebook coming out. I put a few up here for people to check out, I'll leave the rest for your sense of adventure.

NOTE : This cliff is closed entirely through Aug 1 generally due to nesting peregrines. Please adhere to the climbing ban.
By Devin Krevetski
From: Northfield, VT
Aug 21, 2012
Some routes here seem to have traditionally spaced bolts. I wouldn't suggest using the bolted routes here to "break into the grade"

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