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Lots of ice climbing in the Notch. Multiple pitch ice walls begin as you enter the notch from either side on the notch's road closed for winter. I know south or town of Stowe approach. After a brisk, however you choose (I walked) to do the long stretch of road. On the right, east side is thick blue ice wall (WI3-4) and beyond it (WI4-) gully like wall. Higher uphill on the road there are gullies on the left, then wide multiple pitch flows higher up (WI3-4). Uphill on the road, east side from Stowe is the Elephant Head with little moderate and its various extreme ways up around it. Opposite here on left side are large buttresses also with a couple of routes. Here at the top of notch is some of the easiest (WI-2)and hardest climbing. The climbing can be extremely committing free soloing at the top of the notch on both sides. Better to trail along rope for rappelling. Lastly there is on the right side parking area just past the crest of the notch a going north a single pitch 50-80 feet steep slab (WI3-4) that is easily top-roped.
From Stowe Vermont head north to Smuggler's Notch. Park and walk into notch. Road is closed for the winter. About one mile to crest of the notch.
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Hidden Gully WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 650'
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Ragnarock WI4+ M4 VT : Vermont Ice Climbing : Smugglers Notch Ice climbin...
An amazing classic climb!First pitch is just OK, pitch 2 spices it up, and the top pitch is superb exposed steep ice!P1. Angles up and left to the obvious corner with a short mixed section to bolted anchors.P2. (generally NO ice on this pitch!) Climb straight up to bolted anchors approx 100ft. or continue out right onto ice.P3. Angle out right to finish on the main flow or, if the ice is in continue straight up the steep curtain straight to the top! ...[more] Browse More Classics in VT
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