Vermont Rock : A Rock Climber's Guide to the Green Mountain State

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About the book

Long overlooked by New England climbers, Vermont has quietly evolved into one of the best climbing regions in the Northeast. With amazing geological diversity that includes schist, granite, quartzite, and limestone, Vermont Rock showcases an outstanding variety of trad climbing and sport climbing at all levels.

This rebranded 2nd edition of Tough Schist : Rock Climbing in Northern Vermont is the state's definitive guidebook, providing detailed information of the best climbing areas and includes over 500 new routes developed or discovered since the publication of the first edition.

Over 1,000 routes and variations at 30 different crags—including 9 new and 7 significantly expanded areas.


Areas included


Northwest Vermont

  • Lower West
  • Upper West - Significantly expanded in 2nd edition
  • Upper Upper West - Significantly expanded in 2nd edition
  • Bolton Quarry
  • Carcass Crag
  • 82 Crag
  • Revolution Crag - New in 2nd edition
  • Bone Mountain - Significantly expanded in 2nd edition
  • Bolton Dome - New in 2nd edition
  • Terra Incognita - New in 2nd edition
  • Bog Wall
  • Pit Crag
  • Thieves' Wall - New in 2nd edition
  • Lone Rock Point - New in 2nd edition


North Central Vermont

  • Smuggler's Notch - Significantly expanded in 2nd edition
  • Prospect Rock
  • Butchers' Crags
  • Elmore Mountain - New in 2nd edition


Mid Vermont

  • Deeper Leap
  • Lake Dunmore
  • Brandon Gap
  • App Gap - New in 2nd edition


Central Vermont

  • Marshfield Ledge - Significantly expanded in 2nd edition
  • Owl's Head - Significantly expanded in 2nd edition
  • Spice Mountain
  • Eagle Hollow - New in 2nd edition


The Northeast Kingdom
  • Wheeler Mountain
  • Lake Willoughby - Significantly expanded in 2nd edition
  • Bald Hill
  • Black Mountain - New in 2nd edition



  • Vermont Rock : A Rock Climber's Guide to the Green Mountain State
  • Action photos, full-cliff photo topos, belay topos, and contour approach maps
  • Graphs of grade and sport / trad distribution for each area
  • QR codes provide Google Map driving directions to every crag
  • 624 full-color pages, 5.5" x 8.5", high-quality, 95 gsm gloss art paper