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Home to several of the best ice climbing venues in the lower 48. Smugglers' Notch, Lake Willoughby, and several other small, high-quality areas offer steep, continuously sustained, ice flows--and mixed climbing--from 50 to 500' in length. Approaches can vary from drive-up cragging (Bolton Quarry) to hour-long slogs (Smugglers' Notch and Snake Mountain) up steep, snowy slopes. Regardless, Vermont has it in abundance during the winter months.
Depending on where you want to visit, directions can be simple or quite complex. It is best to reference the specific area you want to visit, and/or buy one of the many guidebooks available.
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Browse More Classics in Vermont Ice Climbing
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Vermont Ice Climbing:
Jefferson Slide WI2 M1-2 Mod. Snow PG13 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 1 pitch, 60' Smugglers Notch Ice climbin...
Featured Route For Vermont Ice Climbing
Shaker Heights 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b WI5 VT : Vermont Ice Climbing : ... : Mount Pisgah
Two pitches of grade three ice not really thick enough for ice screws but good belays lead to to snow ramp and trees. above ramp on left side is steeper ice wall(WI4+) 100ft that ends abruptly below summit. Move horizontally right from ice here via hand jamming crack (5-6) to pillar and ascend pillar (WI5) to summit trees. ...[more] Browse More Classics in VT
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