Sunday, May 12, 2019

Deer Leap - Rock Climbing


On Center Crack (5.7)
My first day out on the rock this season and I met up with Jackie and Noah for some Mother's Day climbing in Killington, VT! This was our first time climbing at this roadside crag and we had it all to ourselves, except for the hikers. We met up in the Long Trail trailhead parking lot just across the street from the Inn at Long Trail. Took the hiker's trail to the top of Deer Leap Mountain, and then hiked down a side trail to the base of the climbs of the Main Cliff - Left End. We set up top rope anchor on a set of anchors at the top of the Toot Route (5.7) and climbed the route-starts off The Monkey (5.8), Center Crack (5.7) and Turkeyland (5.8). The rock felt really good, sticky...even the quartz was sticky! Cool-to-cold temps kept the bugs away and on our way out, we hiked down the climber's trail passing the climbs of the Lower Tier. Enjoy some photos of our day climbing at Deer Leap crag. And thanks, Jackie & Noah for the photos and your help and support for my "Turning 60 and Climbing About It" project! 


Jackie on Turkeyland (5.8 PG13)
Noah starting up "The Monkey" and onto "Center Crack"



The Deer Leap Mountain Summit
End of maintained trail - from here we descended to the left

And hiked past this face which I think is the "Upper Tier"

Guidebook


At the base of the Main Cliff - Left End
Looking into "The Pit"
(not really a good photo of the pit)

Start of Off Width (5.6)
The Long Trail trailhead parking lot
from the base of the Main Cliff - Left End


Descending along the Climber's Trail
Yes, it is steep

I think this is the Lower Tier area which is
accessed via the Climber's Trail

The sign at the Deer Leap Overlook Trailhead