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Great Falls

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About Great Falls:

Great Falls, in Bellows Falls, VT, is certainly unique in Vermont climbing. It is the only climbing area in Vermont that requires techniques like those used in sea cliff climbing! This is because the cliffs and boulders are located on both sides of the Connecticut river, with a deep gorge (containing the Connecticut River itself) splitting the two sides. Most of the climbing is bouldering (including a 400+ foot traverse!), but there are several nice roped climbs, with potential for a whole lot more. These climbs would tend to be on the high cliffs directly above the river, and care would be needed for the belays. The rock is exceptionally solid, smooth, river-worn schist, and nobody has EVER broken a hold at Great Falls.

Nearest town or city: Bellows Falls
Directions: From the center of Bellows Falls, head just a little ways South, past the Sam's Store and the clock tower, then turn left and head towards the Vilas Bridge. Just before the bridge, turn right onto what looks like an old dirt road. Drive down this a ways, and park, out of sight of the road (theft has been a problem). Walk back up towards the road a bit, and take the obvious trail on your right. All of the cliffs should be easily visible.

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With Replies this area bulldog5654 5 May 21 2012, 5:51 AM