CRAG-VT Completes Purchase of Upper West Bolton Cliff

Date: 6/4/2009

The Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont (CRAG-VT) completed the subdivision and purchase of Upper West Bolton Cliff in Bolton, VT, establishing permanent protection of the area’s natural and recreational resources.

Upper West Bolton Cliff is one of Vermont’s most historic climbing areas with exceptional views, four-season hiking, and a treasure trove of botanical specimens. The 18-acre area’s rock faces, hilltop summit, and boulder field have been closed to recreational use in the past. Over the last 18 months, CRAG-VT worked with landowners, local officials, and sponsors to subdivide and acquire the cliff, keeping the area protected from development and open to outdoor enthusiasts forever.

“The success of this project could not have been achieved without the fantastic outpouring of support from our community,” said Travis Peckham, president of CRAG-VT. “We are very grateful to the local climbers, businesses, conservation groups, landowners, and outdoor enthusiasts who played a key role in protecting this very special place for future generations. Special thanks is due the Access Fund and The Conservation Alliance for their generous grants."

CRAG-VT is currently working with the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) to donate a conservation easement that will guarantee public access, climbing, and preservation of the cliff’s natural environment. This easement will ensure that the VLT will defend these rights on the land forever regardless of who owns it.

CRAG-VT is an Access Fund affiliate volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving access and promoting conservation of Vermont’s climbing areas. Over its 10-year history, the group has been a resource for climbing access, species and habitat protection, trail maintenance and more. CRAG-VT has permanently protected three other climbing destinations in Vermont – the popular Lower West Bolton Cliff, the 82 Crag, and Bolton Quarry. Please visit www.cragvt.org to learn more.