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Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals

Don't miss this opportunity to save some money on your membership this winter. Not a climber? Then gift a membership to your crazy friend or relative who love to get vertical!

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Reel Rock Film Tour, November Vacation Camp, GIFT CARDS and more!

Reel Rock Film Tour: Friday, November 13, 7:30pm: BUY TICKETS HERE!

November Vacation Camp: No school, no problem! November 23, 24, 25, 27

Gift Cards for sale for the Holiday Season: give the experience of a lifetime-- indoor climbing day passes, memberships, birthday parties, ice climbing, Avalanche education courses, backcountry skiing, and much more!

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Register for the ABS Bouldering Competition + More Fall Events at Petra Cliffs!

The late Summer and Fall months are busy for us here at Petra. This October and November are no exception. With guided Fall climbing, Indoor private lessons, destination rock climbing trips throughout the U.S., annual ABS Boulder Comp, member appreciation night and Halloween climbing and the Reel Rock Film Tour we're not slowing down one bit.

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Join us for Fall Fest at Smuggler's Notch!

In its second year, the Smuggs Fall Fest has added rock climbing and bouldering! Guided climbs high above the Notch's main parking area with Petra Cliffs guides, bouldering, a Fiddlehead Can Release party, pig roast, mountain biking, disc golf, and tons of live music, this weekend is going to rock.

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Petra Cliffs Summer season wrapping up, Fall climbing season is just getting started!

As Petra Cliffs summer camps, group climbing, and family vacations all wind down this week, we are excited to be moving into our Fall climbing season. With events like the Smuggs Fall Fest and destination climbing like Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, Indian Creek, Utah, and right here in our backyard of Vermont, the best climbing season is just getting started.

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Independence Day / Special Hours

Petra Cliffs will be closing at 9:00pm on Friday, July 3.

We will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

Please feel free to park in our parking lot or along Briggs Street for fireworks parking and an easy walk to Oakledge Park!

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Still Room in Youth Overnight Expeditions!

Girls Rock! : July 14-17

Ultimate New England Expedition : July 19 -29

Vermont 4-Day Expedition : August 4-7

Adirondacks ROCK! : August 9-15

Ages 10 and up! Climbing, camping, hiking, caving, kayaking... join for the highlight of your summer!

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Time is running out for Summer Membership Specials!

Four month specials, free rental gear, Refer-a-Friend and EFT Initiation fees waived! Check out all of the options and please give us a call or stop in to find the best deal for you.

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Marathon & Memorial Day Hours

Opening late on Sunday, May 24; open regular hours on Monday, Memorial Day!

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Special Events

Go Outdoor Rock Climbing this Summer!

Whether you're thinking of climbing outdoors for the first time or you want to get your family together for a fun day, or you're looking to expand your skills on different type of rock, prepare for guiding exams, or learn to lead, we'll have a program for you! Our program locations range from Vermont (Bolton, Marshfield, Wheeler, Smuggler's Notch), the Adirondacks of New York, and New Hampshire (Cannon, Rumney, Cathedral & Whitehorse to name a few) to your ultimate dream destination

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We Love Our Community

We don't blog often enough. We also don't say "Thank You" enough to our community partners.

Last night, Petra Cliffs was invited to attend a film put together by St. Michael's College, "Extremely Limited: the right to access and afford extreme sports," put together by Seniors Lhanzi Lama-Giambrone and Elaine Ezerins.

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New Monthly Send Series

Each month, the Send Series features a new fun type of competition including April Add-On, May Mayhem, and more... Those who win each month's event will win 3 Day Passes, and those who participate in 12 months of the Send Series will win fame, glory, and more!

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Congrats to Betsy Manero!

Congratulations to Betsy Manero- Petra Cliffs staff member, St. Michael's College Student, Wilderness Program Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor-- and now Author! Betsy just finished a book for her Senior Seminar on Gender Identity and Empowerment in Female Mountain Guides.

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Current Artist at Petra Cliffs: Reception Thursday February 12

We see you looking at that photograph. And, as you get a little closer... you realize that it is NOT a photograph, but a colored pencil drawing! Please join us on Thursday, February 12 from 5-7pm to meet artist Corrina Thurston. Note cards, pendants, and prints will also be for sale. More about Corrina:

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Teton Gravity Research names the East as the best place to ski right now...

It's a GREAT time to think about a Backcountry Ski Program! Mid-week days still open for booking!

"I never thought I would say this but the East Coast might be the best place to ski in the lower 48. With major storms hammering the area, the skiing is all time. This video from Adam Wheeler shows a classic pow day at Mad River Glen."

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SumMAT Day Camps & Expeditions: Registration opens Feb 7, 10am

Rock climbing, caving, ropes courses, kayaking, sailing, hiking, and more... take full advantage of what Vermont and the Northeast has to offer during your time at SumMAT Camp: SUMmer Mountain Adventure Training Camp!

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Adult Climbing Clinics Begin January 13 & 15

There's no doubt that rock climbing trains both the mind and the body to overcome challenges, gain strength, and problem solve-- while getting a full body workout in a fun, social environment! Adult Level I Co-Ed and Women's Clinics teach the basics of climbing and build your foundation of good climbing skills and habits and introduce you to other climbers, and in Level II, take the skills you already have and build on them to increase strength, balance, and climbing capability.

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Holiday Hours: December 19 - January 1

Friday, December 19: Closing at 6:00pm for our Staff Holiday Party.

December 24: Closed / December 25: Closed / December 31: Open 10am-8pm / January 1: Closed

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Climbing Team & Mini Monkey Registration link

Registration opens Wednesday, December 17! Returning climbers and new climbers welcome. We look forward to another great season! More info and registration

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We're Featured in NY Times & Burlington Free Press!

We love when people think about winter, and we love when people recognize the programs that Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School offers! Check out the Burlington Free Press article, "Get Out: The Challenge of Ice Climbing," and the New York Times article "Getting into Backcountry Safely."

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