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The large cliff band about 25 minute walk uphill from the Bolton Quarry (see map). This cliff is home to some of the hardest, most bad-ass sport climbing in the state of Vermont. The 82 crag has many climbs in the 5.11 to 5.12+ range. I would say it has some of the best 5.11's and 5.12's I have ever been on such as Arms Reduction (11b/c), Afro-Samurai (11d), the Doggfather (12b), Solarium (12b), Encryption (12c/d), Little Red Hen (12d). This crag has it all and the views are fantastic. A nice breeze tends to keep the 82 Crag a little cooler than others in the summer. It's about a 25 minute walk mostly uphill only if you don't get lost on the trails (otherwise could be quite a long hike). Try to check in here or with locals before you go to get some idea of where you are going.
Park in the Bolton Quarry Parking lot and follow the red line trail on the map provided (hopefully this will help). There is a specific network of trails/logging roads that must be followed and I suggest using a GPS device your first time so you don't get too lost. For the upper part of the crag (i.e. Doggfather, Little Red Hen, Afro Samurai, Encryption) you must climb up a 5.4 choss pile with a fixed rope for about 30 feet to get to the base of it.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 82 Crag:
Crimp Chimp 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Block Party 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
The Politics of Dancing 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 160'
War on Drugs 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Truffle Hog 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 160'
Year of the Dog 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Kid Charlemagne 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Arms Reduction 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport, 60'
The Doggfather 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Little Red Hen 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Featured Route For 82 Crag
The Doggfather 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b VT : Bolton Area : 82 Crag
This route is a true classic and is a must-do for any visiting climber capable of the grade. Begin with a long, pumpy, sequential 5.11+ face climbing section to a sloping rail where there is an awkward no-hands rest using your shoulder blade and smeared feet, use it well. Once you get uncomfortable in the no-hands "rest", best to move on to the crux which is a long V5 boulder problem through a bulge. There is a challenging clip right at the crux section. The final move involves a dyno off a smal...[more] Browse More Classics in VT
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