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Rock Climbing in Northern Vermont

Long overlooked by New England climbers, northern 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 offers a wide variety of trad, sport, and bouldering opportunities. 

Tough Schist uncovers decades of rock climbing exploration and route development including sport crags, back-country cliffs, and alpine rock. The guide provides detailed information for over 500 climbs, covering all major Vermont climbing areas including Bolton, Marshfield Ledge, Wheeler Mountain, Deer Leap, Smugglers' Notch, Prospect Rock, and more.

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Tough Schist covers all major climbing areas in northern Vermont on public or protected lands including Bolton, Marshfield Ledge, Wheeler Mountain, the Northeast Kingdom, Deer Leap, Smugglers' Notch, Prospect Rock, and more.


  • Over 500 routes and variations
  • 23 climbing areas
  • 60+ boulder problems and an overview of 11 bouldering areas
  • 68 cliff topos
  • 8 approach maps
  • Full route descriptions in an easy-to-read format

The Book

  • Over 50 full-color photos
  • 312 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"
  • Printed on high-quality, 70#, paper
  • Printed in the USA!
  • Price: $27.95

New Mobile App!

The northwest chapter of Tough Schist is now available as a mobile app for your Apple or Android device on Rakkup. Click here to learn more.