About the Rock and Ice Climbing, Bouldering and Backcountry Ski Destinations
Lower West Bolton
Questionably Vermont's most popular cliff; Lower West is a great cliff to climb at with easy access, good rock, a good range of moderate grade climbs and easy access to Top-Rope. Lower West is a great cliff to learn on and we use it for multiple programs including:
- Intro to Rock Climbing, Advance Rock Climbing Technique, Women Rock, 2-day Top-Rope Set-Up and Belay Anchors & 2-day Intro to Traditional Climbing
- SumMAT Camp & SumMAT Expeditions
- Private Instruction
Lower West holds many of Vermont's classic routes including Harvest Moon 5.8, A Minor 5.10a, Sticks and Stones 5.10a, Tea in the Sahara 5.10c and Hush Mama Thrush 5.8 among countless others.
Location: This is the first pull-off off of the Bolton Notch Road on the right, approximately .4 miles up the road.
"Smuggs" or "The Notch" for short offers year round climbing and skiing endeavors to all with a passion for adventure. This area is a favorite among many of our guides for climbing both multi-pitch ice and mixed routes in winter or moderate trad and hard sport routes in the summer. The Notch also has a high concentration of quality boulders in case you wish to leave the rope's behind and bring the crash pad. If backcountry skiing more your style, we run some of our backcountry and avalanche programs in Smuggs too.
We often use Smuggs for the following programs:
Smuggs holds a slew of year-round classics including The Quartz Crack 5.9, The Diagonal 5.8+ (5.9+), Better Living Through Chemistry 5.9+, Elephants Head Crack 5.9+, Jeff's Slide WI3+, ENT Gully WI2+, Hidden Gully WI4, Ragnarock WI4+, Blindfate WI4 and many many others.
Location: Approximately and hours drive from Burlington, Smugglers' Notch is tucked between two vastly different resort towns on Rte. 108, Stowe and Jeffersonville. For directions please click here.
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Bolton Backcountry (Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Training)
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