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June 1 Reopening to Member Reservations!

Announced just hours ago, by Governor Phil Scott, Petra Cliffs will be allowed to reopen effective June 1st! ...

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Staff Spotlight: Pat Strobel

Originally from outside Philly, Pat moved to Vermont to go to school at UVM. He thinks the support that the community shows to one another is really special. On and off the wall it is clear that people care for one another. He's grateful to be a part of the community.

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Member Spotlight: Renee Hamblin

My name is Renee. I recently finished my Masters at UVM, [...]. I love to play outside, soak dried beans, engage in goofs, and start many projects -- sometimes even finish a few!

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Staff Spotlight: Demery Coppola

Meet Demery Coppola. She'll ask you questions for days! From Connecticut originally, she's going into her final year as St. Michaels College and has taken the initiative to be a large part of their Adventure Sports Center program! 

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Member Spotlight: Ricky Ortiz

Meet Ricky Ortiz. You may have seen him in the gym climbing 5.10+ with only his right arm after he dislocated his left elbow. Join him to climb his favorite overhung routes or have a nice conversation between climbs. 

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#GivingTuesdayNow for our Health Care Workers

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow day and we're encouraging our community to gift a membership at 50% off, and with our additional support, to a Health Care Worker you may know and as a way to say THANK YOU for all you do! Click here to support your community...

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Community Will Help Sustain Us :)

Recently we were interviewed by the Climbing Business Journal in their "Behind The Closures" series about some of the unique challenges Petra Cliffs (and climbing gyms in general) have faced with COVID-19. Take a second and read how Petra Cliffs ...

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Member and Community Feedback

We want to hear from you, our members and community. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about what Petra Cliffs can do for you when we reopen!

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Member Spotlight: Adam Ploof

This weeks Member Spotlight is Adam Ploof. Vermont native and Petra regular, Adam has been climbing at Petra since at least 2012. He's been hooked ever since. Check out this weeks spotlight and someone please take him up on the offer for a speed round of chess!

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Staff Spotlight: Andrea Charest

My name is Andrea Charest and I’m told I started climbing at 9 months, out of my crib! As a kid, I climbed anything I could. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I didn’t know anything about climbing. I knew people climbed Mt. Everest, but I had no idea there was a whole world of climbing beyond that. 

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Celebrate with 20% off 3-Month Memberships

We're celebrating Monday, April 20th with a code to give you 20% off your next 3-month membership! Use the code...

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Support Petra with a Sustaining Membership!

Community has always been a big component of who, what, and why Petra has done what it does and supported our community the best way we know how... be a part of that support now..

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Member Spotlight: Dylan Fant

My name is Dylan Fant (rhymes with ant) and I live in Burlington, Vermont. I’m from Virginia and have a graphic design degree from Virginia Tech. I’m an Illustrator and tend to spend my time either behind my computer or somewhere in the mountains of Vermont. 

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Staff Spotlight: Olivia Harris

Olivia started as a member, took climbing classes, and has now been working for Petra Cliffs for just under a year. Olivia has a great sense of humor, motivation and a no BS attitude that we admire. She is excited to teach new climbers and to continue furthering her own skills... and we love her "fun fact!" Olivia, we miss you!

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Member Spotlight: Liz Ward

Liz, a mom and teacher (and so much more) has been climbing for almost a year, but she has certainly been bitten by the climbing bug (too soon?)! Here's to Liz and the crew that she climbs with-- we look forward to seeing them back in action soon.

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Staff Spotlight: Gene O. Desideraggio

If you've been into Petra Cliffs in the past few years, chances are you've interacted with GeneO at the front desk, in summer camp, or around the gym. Gene O is always smiling, always hungry to learn more about climbing and the industry, and seeks out challenges.

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Women, Sport and Social Change

How have recreational and competitive sports impacted our lives, our communities, and our world? Join us Thursday evening, April 30 at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center in Burlington for a panel discussion with local leaders who are actively involved in promoting sports in Vermont and are engaged in uplifting the voices of all girls and women in sports...

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Special Events

3-Week Spring Season Anchor Prep and Assessment

The Spring rock climbing season is soon upon us!

Come join AMGA Certified Ice Guide, Apprentice Rock and Alpine Guide and Petra Cliffs Gym Manager for a 3-week session on anchor construction and assessment for the outdoor climber! ....

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Smuggs Ice Bash: Another Successful Year

The 2020 Smuggs Ice Bash saw many new faces, with a wild competition, warm temperatures, and engaging clinics all weekend. Thank you to our staff, guides, sponsors, vendors, competitors and participants! Great wrap up article by neice.com.

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Film: Pretty Strong March 6

From 5.13 big walls in Yosemite to 5.14 sport climbs in Mexico to V14 boulder problems in Colorado, Pretty Strong follows eight of the world’s strongest female climbers as they explore new climbing areas, send hard projects, and push the boundaries of the sport and themselves. Get your tickets ahead!

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