A Rock Climber's Guide to the Green Mountain State

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 is the state's definitive guidebook, providing detailed information of our 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

  • 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

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Vermont Rock Climbing Areas

Northwest Vermont

Lower West

Upper West **

Upper Upper West **

Bolton Quarry

Carcass Crag

82 Crag

Revolution Crag *

Bone Mountain **

Bolton Dome *

Terra Incognita *

Bog Wall

Pit Crag

Thieves' Wall *

Lone Rock Point *

North Central Vermont

Smugglers' Notch **

Prospect Rock

Butchers' Crags

Elmore Mountain *

Mid Vermont

Deer Leap

Lake Dunmore

Brandon Gap

App Gap *

Central Vermont

Marshfield Ledge **

Owl's Head **

Spice Mountain

Eagle Hollow *

The Northeast Kingdom

Wheeler Mountain

Lake Willoughby **

Bald Hill

Black Mountain *

* New in 2nd edition

** Significantly expanded in 2nd edition