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* Vermont Ice Climbing

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Smugglers Notch Ice climbing 
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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Sunny Hollow Loop
A pretty thorough visit to Sunny Hollow. Near Winooski, Vermont
Passing the Horizon
This classic, technical roller-coaster was redone by the Fellowship of the Wheel in 2015. Near Hinesburg, Vermont
Hinesburg Town Forest Ride
This is a nice 1-hour+ (fast) loop in the Hinesburg Town Forest ending with Passing the Horizon. Near Hinesburg, Vermont
Pinner
Combine with Slight Return for an easier loop in the Carse Hills. Near Hinesburg, Vermont
Blueberry Lake Loop
An IMBA Gateway trail network tucked into the Mad River Valley. Near Warren, Vermont
Noodle's Revenge
A long, but fluid uphill, that for the majority of the run, is a fun cruise through ferny glades. Near Pittsfield, Vermont
From MP's sister site: MTB Project

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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.0 miles from here

44 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in * Vermont Ice Climbing

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for * Vermont Ice Climbing:
Float like a butterfly(land like a tomato)   WI4+     Trad, Ice, 3 pitches   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Dave's Snotsicle   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 13E - The South Wall Area
Elephant's head gully   WI3-     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 170'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 08E - Elephant's Head Area
Blind Fate   WI4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 10W - The Blind Fate Area
Renormalization   WI4     Trad, Ice, 210'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Poster Child   WI4 M4+     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 125'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 05W - Easy Gully Area
Easy Gully   WI2-     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 400'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 05W - Easy Gully Area
Grand Confusion   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 05W - Easy Gully Area
Plug and Chug   WI5     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 210'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
The Promenade   WI5+     Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 400'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Twenty Below Zero gully   WI4+     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Hidden Gully   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 650'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 10W - The Blind Fate Area
Crazy Diamond   WI4+     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Ragnarock   WI4+ M4     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 08E - Elephant's Head Area
Blue Room   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 160'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 13E - The South Wall Area
Mindbender   WI5+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 225'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Jefferson Slide   WI2 M1-2 PG13     Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : 02W - Jeff Slide Area (aka ...
Glass Menagerie   WI5     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
The Tablets Left   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
Last Gentleman   WI5     Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 500'   Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah
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Rock Climbing Photo: Blue Room Smuggeler's Notch

Blue Room WI3-4  VT : * Vermont Ice Climbing : ... : 13E - The South Wall Area
THE classic route in Smuggs. (I'm surprised it hasn't made it in there before this.) It can be deceptively steep depending on how it forms. Usually has a cave in the middle. The left of the cave is usually steeper than the right. There is another pitch above but it isn't always in and most people do the first pitch only....[more]   Browse More Classics in VT

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