Spring 2013 Peregrine Closures
Updated April 24, 2013
- Deer Leap – closed and posted
- Bolton Notch – Upper Upper West – now posted, but we’re not yet sure if the birds are there
- Bolton Quarry – closed and posted
- Marshfield Mt – not yet posted, but we know the birds are there. It would be great if people could restrict their climbing there until we get the signs up
- Smuggler’s Notch – not yet posted, but we suspect the pair will nest on the Elephant Head side again this year
- Wheeler Mt – not yet posted, and no confirmation of pair there yet
- Mt Horrid – Great Cliff area is posted
- Rattlesnake Pt – top of cliff is posted
Other cliffs that are now posted:
- Snake Mt – southern cliff top closed
- Fairlee Palisades
- Barnet Roadcut – Rte 5 pullout is closed
The latest Crag Rag has arrived!
CRAG-VT Newsletter vol. 9 - no. 3 (Fall/Winter 2012-2013, PDF, 685 Kb)
IN THIS ISSUE: Vermont's First Rock Climbing Guidebook • Sinister Six Success • CRAG-VT repays Access Fund loan and completes Bolton Quarry Driveway Rebuilding Campaign • The Choss Pile • Ticks and Lyme Disease • Local Faces:
Kris Barrowman • Smuggs Ice Bash
Because of financial constraints and the high cost of keeping snow cleared
during heavy snow years, CRAG-VT
will not be plowing the access road to
the Bolton Quarry during the 2012- 2013 ice climbing season. The best
location for parking this winter is the Smilie School. Simply walk along
Route 2 and up Green Mountain Drive
to the Quarry - it’s a great warm-up!
Trail day workers at Bolton Quarry (Photo: Paul Hansen)
Trail Day a Success!
Volunteers turned out for a very productive trail day on Saturday, October 27th. Thank you to everyone who pitched in!
Many thanks to these generous event supporters: Green Mountain Coffee, Mammut, OGE, Climb High, Top of the World Books!
IN THE MEDIA
Vermont Climbing—On the Radio and In Print
October 9, 2012: Vermont Edition, a live call-in program on Vermont Public Radio, interviews guidebook author and board member Travis Peckham, about his guidebook and the sport of rock climbing in Vermont. Read more and listen...
October 7, 2012: Rutland Herald published an interview with Andrew Stephen, a CRAG-VT supporter and Vermont native who guides in Washington state. Read more...
THE GUIDEBOOK IS HERE!
Membership Special: Get the guidebook and help support local climbing
September 10, 2012
Vermont's first rock climbing guidebook is finally here! Tough Schist: Rock Climbing In Northern Vermont is now shipping to customers and available in climbing shops throughout the Northeast.
Tough Schist is the first guidebook to document decades of rock climbing exploration and route development in the Green Mountain State.
The book includes backcountry cliffs, roadside crags, alpine rock climbs, and gives detailed information for those interested in sport climbing, trad climbing and bouldering.
It includes all major climbing areas in northern Vermont on public or protected lands including Bolton, Marshfield Ledge, Wheeler Mountain, the Northeast Kingdom, Deer Leap, Smugglers' Notch, Prospect Rock, and more.
The author has generously offered to ship signed, first edition copies of the guidebook to everyone who joins or renews their CRAG-VT membership for $100. Show your support for our local crags and get this awesome, 318 page, 500-route guidebook!
Choose $100—Guidebook special on the membership form when you join or renew today. Thank you!
BOLTON QUARRY DRIVEWAY UPDATE
We Did It! Quarry Driveway Fundraising Completed
Updated: September 10, 2012
Heavy rains on the night of April 26, 2011 caused severe damage to the driveway providing access to the popular Bolton Quarry, 82 Crag and Carcass Crag areas. To quickly restore access and prevent further roadway damage, CRAG-VT incurred a $16,295 expense by hiring a professional contractor to fully repair the driveway. This reconstruction work was completed a year ago.
To get the job done, CRAG-VT dipped into its “rainy day fund” (and boy, did we have a rainy day!) and received an emergency stewardship loan from the Access Fund (now fully repaid). With many individual donations, the Sinister Six fundraiser, and generous grants from the American Alpine Club, Rivendell Foundation and the Access Fund, we've now covered the entire project cost.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this important stewardship campaign! Your help during this campaign has demonstrated community support for our access efforts. Thanks so much for your support of Vermont's climbing future!
CRAG-VT Re-Pays AFLCC Loan
June 15, 2012
The Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont (CRAG-VT) made their final payment last week on their Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) loan. The loan, given in July of last year, was for emergency stewardship action to repair the access road to major local crags (including Bolton Quarry, 82 Crag, and the recently acquired Carcass Crag) after it was washed out in a flood last June, blocking climbing access. The Access Fund amended its AFLCC loan policy last summer to allow for emergency stewardship funding, and CRAG-VT was the first organization to benefit from this amendment. CRAG-VT is the fourth organization to fully pay back their AFLCC loan, returning funds to the revolving loan program where the Access Fund will loan the money out again to save another threatened climbing area.
Thank you, Access Fund!
Thanks to all participants, volunteers and sponsors for a fun event at Petra Cliffs!
The CRAG-VT "Sinister Six" Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 6:30-9 PM • Petra Cliffs Climbing Center in Burlington, VT • Food, Drink, Prizes • Silent Auction and Raffle • All proceeds benefit CRAG-VT • $25 entry fee • Download the full poster (PDF, 2Mb)
What is it?
A fun, challenging fundraising event for the Bolton Quarry Driveway Rebuilding Campaign. Enter today, get friends and family to pledge, then get psyched to tackle these challenges: Anchor Building • Aid Climb • Weighted Climb • Speed/Lap Climb • Rope Skills • Dry Tool
THANK YOU, EVENT SPONSORS!
Petra Cliffs • Mammut • Climb High • Eastern Mountain Sports • Julbo • La Sportiva • Sunrise Mountain Guides • Alpine Guides International • Green Mountain College
Welcome to New Board Members!
December 12, 2011
At its annual meeting held on December 6, three new members were elected to the board. Please welcome Dennis Delay, Matt Ernst and Nate Furman and thank them for becoming a bigger part of CRAG-VT's efforts protect Vermont's climbing future! They've all been very active in the Vermont climbing community and we thank them for stepping up.
Current president Seth Maciejowski will continue onward for a second year. Also re-elected were vice president Ross Perry and treasurer Maureen Beck. Dennis Delay will now serve as secretary.
Departing the board is Kevin Karn, who has served as resident design master and been vital to the success of many projects. Thanks Kevin for all the hard work you've done—it's been quite a ride!
Check out the complete list of 2012 Board Members.
Thanks for your Trail Day efforts!
Thank you again for your energy, positivity, and perseverance on October 1 at the Bolton Quarry. In the face of some fairly daunting weather odds together we managed to accomplish some amazing things—and have a fun time in the process!
Throughout the day Kel went around recording some of these amazing things on film. You can review some of the progress and positivity captured in these photos.
Also, many thanks to these awesome event sponsors:
Access Fund awards grant to CRAG-VT
September 12, 2011
CRAG-Vermont was awarded a $3,500 grant to help cover the cost of repairing the access road on their Bolton Quarry property after an unprecedented flood washed out the road in April and blocked off climbing access to the area. This grant follows an emergency stewardship loan by the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign to help raise $16,295 to cover the cost of repairs completed in June and re-establish their long-term stewardship funds. CRAG-Vermont has successfully protected climbing access to six different crags in the Bolton area and this road provides access to three of those crags. Read more at the Access Fund site.
At its September 6 board meeting, CRAG-VT decided to use the grant to pay down the principal of the loan from the Access Fund.
Access Fund Helps CRAG-VT Take Emergency Stewardship Action to Repair Access Road to Major Local Crags
July 18, 2011
The Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont (CRAG-VT) and the Access Fund are pleased to announce that road repairs are now complete at the Bolton Quarry after an unprecedented flood washed out the road on April 26, 2011. A loan through the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) will assist with the cost and jumpstart CRAG-VT fundraising efforts to rebuild their financial reserves for ongoing land management and stewardship. Read more at accessfund.org...
Thank you, Access Fund!
CRAG-VT Desktop Wallpaper
Visualize rock climbing season in Vermont with these desktop wallpaper images showing two classics of Upper West Bolton.
Monthly Meeting Schedule
CRAG-VT usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with some exceptions. Anyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings. Please email
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