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Many out-of-state climbers ask: "Is there climbing in Vermont?" My first temptation is to say "no", or "yes, but it's all on private property, and can't be climbed anyway, so it's useless to even try."

But realistically, Vermont has a long and storied history of bold first ascents and adventure climbing, that includes such pioneers as Fritz Weissner, John Bouchard, and Russ Clune. The Green Mountain State houses a large variety of climbing and bouldering on state and private land. And much of the outlying access issues that remain have been, or are in the process of, being smoothed out thanks to the tireless work of our local grassroots access group, Crag-VT ( Still, rock climbing in our state has its fair share of sensitive issues, so care must always be taken if ever there is doubt.

Be it schist, granite, limestone, or ice--Vermont has it all. Climbing ranges from thuggishly-steep to thin and technical, and from short bolted lines in Bolton Valley, to multi-pitch adventure climbing in the Northeast Kingdom and Smugglers' Notch State Park.
The climate and topography of Vermont offers visiting climbers a chance to sample a bit of everything, so long as you have a broad sense of adventure, don't mind getting be-knighted from time-to-time, and regularly like climbing in the face of adversity (read: Scottish weather.) Once past those minor hurdles (and after you drink the Kool-Aid!), you will, no doubt, find great pleasure in all that Vermont climbing has to offer.

Getting There 

Because our climbing is quite spread out, please refer to the area index for the best directions to the location you want to visit.


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Classic Climbing Routes in Vermont

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Vermont:
Crazy Diamond   WI4+     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Twenty Below Zero gully   WI4+     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
The Tablets Left   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Ragnarock   WI4+ M4     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 08E - Elephant's Head Area
Last Gentleman   WI5     Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 500'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
The Fin   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, Alpine, 20'   Top of the Notch Boulders : B.F.B.
Biscuit   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine   Boulders Behind the Main Pa... : Biscuit and Gravy Boulders
Pac-Man   V3 6A     Boulder, Alpine   Boulders Behind the Main Pa... : Pac Man Boulder
Primate   V3 6A     Boulder, Alpine   Top of the Notch Boulders : Backyard Boulder
Little Cottonwood   V6 7A     Boulder, Alpine   Top of the Notch Boulders : B.F.B.
Boomerang   V6 7A     Boulder, Alpine   Top of the Notch Boulders : The Asteroid
The Impossible Problem   V8 7B     Boulder, Alpine   Top of the Notch Boulders : Backyard Boulder
Center Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Deer Leap
Harvest Moon   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Bolton Area : Lower West Bolton
Chockstone (aka:Captain's Crack)   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper West : Upper Tier - Right End
Hush, Mama Thrush   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Bolton Area : Lower West Bolton
The Monkey   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Deer Leap
Private Property   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper West : Upper Tier - Left End
The Rose   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper West : North End
The Thorn   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper West : North End
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Featured Route For Vermont
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Hush, Mama Thrush 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Vermont : Bolton Area : Lower West Bolton
On the right side of the middle section of the cliff, is this diamond-in-the-rough. Locate the ramp-like feature roughly 20 feet off the ground with a blocky--usually wet--start. Gain the ramp and make some tedious, and slippery moves up to the small roof. Place some gear, move up over the small overhang using some finger holds to a stance that forces you move up through additional finger moves with slippery feet. This yields a surprisingly fun finger crack that takes you to the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Vermont

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By Nick Goldsmith
From: Pomfret VT
Aug 28, 2011
The Deer leap webguide is back up. It is still badly out of date and needs corrections that neither Isa or I have time to do right now.. There are a bunch of new shorter spurt climbs down low and to the right as well as a few left of the lower tier mostly put up by Bob Gilito. Looks like Nick Hall freed Bag o tricks @ 10+ the Parking lot slab 5.5 is a good mixed beginner lead and just left of the approach trail right near the parking lot.
By Derek Doucet
Jul 26, 2012
Vermont's first rockclimbing guidebook is ready to ship in about a week. You can get them here:!
By TravisNE
Aug 4, 2012
Just got back from Creature Rock ( There are a lot of potential lines to be sent, let me know if anyone is up for cleaning some rock and putting up lines.
By balzano
From: Augusta, ME
Sep 18, 2012
Does anybody know if there are any lines up the chin at Camel's Hump. I hiked the Alpine trail up and there appeared to be an easy gully line and then some challenging possibilities on the steeper areas.
By balzano
From: Augusta, ME
Sep 18, 2012
I answered my Camel's Hump question already... sort of. I read the specific rules on the hand out sheet you get at the trailhead, also available online, and it says rock climbing is forbidden. My assumption is that they want the alpine zone undisturbed outside of the trail itself. My rebuttal is, the area with potential climbing is 100% exposed rock, and once topping out one can probably rock hop back over to the trail with minimal difficulty---if no rope is used, and one scrambles up the easy gully, is that the "rock climbing" they have in mind? I suppose my question is now this: "Are you required to stay on the trails at all times above the tree line at Camel's Hump?" I don't want to disturb anything I am not supposed to, but I don't want to miss out on an awesome little line either.
By Derek Doucet
Sep 19, 2012
Hey Balzano,

The summit area of Camel's Hump is one of only three areas of arctic / alpine tundra in the entire state. Please, please respect the guidelines the GMC and state naturalists have outlined and stay on the trail in these areas. Just because there is little obvious to you that might be impacted by scrambling doesn't mean it isn't there.


By Dylan B.
Feb 21, 2014
Has anyone explored the area around White Rocks for bouldering? I would expect there might be something off the Hartsboro Road or Ice Beds Road.
From: St. Paul, MN
Sep 25, 2015
FYI to any rock-starved Vermont climbers: while hiking on the Long Trail this summer I noticed some pretty good quality rock on Laraway Mountain (which is near Waterville and Belvidere). There were four separate tiers that you pass when walking along the trail, with the lowest tier being probably the best. It looked like it would be best for sport--most of it was about 10-20 degrees overhanging, not huge amounts of places for gear. Googling "Laraway cliffs" shows you a few photos, though I thought the crag looked better in real life than it does in any of the photos!
By emmanuel crevier
Mar 11, 2017
as anybody looked at the cliff band near Fairfax ?

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