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Mindbender

WI5+, Ice, 200 ft,  Avg: 3.9 from 12 votes
FA: John Imbrie & Clint Cummins, February 13, 1977
Vermont > Vermont Ice &… > Lake Willoughby > Mt Pisgah

Description

Steep ice! The epitome of ice climbing at Lake Willoughby, in my honest opinion.... Some good stemming in places will offer a bit of a rest but this line is steep and unrelenting all the way to the top. This route is pretty much a plumb line but if climbed in two pitches, I'm sure you could find a decent stance midway.

This climb tends to seep so a cold day might be advantageous.

Location

The Mindbender Amphitheater at the north end of the cliffs at Lake Willoughby...to the right of Call of the Wild and to the left of Renormalization

Protection

Bring a whole bunch of screws (10 ish) depending on how many pitches you make it..

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Ben Kurdt, finding a way
[Hide Photo] Ben Kurdt, finding a way
Kevin Mahoney showing us how its done...
[Hide Photo] Kevin Mahoney showing us how its done...
Mark Moran leading the 1st pitch of Mindbender in 1993
[Hide Photo] Mark Moran leading the 1st pitch of Mindbender in 1993
Doug M.
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Plug n Chug, Mindbender & Renormalization
[Hide Photo] Plug n Chug, Mindbender & Renormalization
Myself on Mindbender, Feb. 11th
[Hide Photo] Myself on Mindbender, Feb. 11th
Gary Kuehn leading the 2nd pitch of Mindbender in 1993.
[Hide Photo] Gary Kuehn leading the 2nd pitch of Mindbender in 1993.
A party on the first pitch Mar 2015
[Hide Photo] A party on the first pitch Mar 2015
One pitch - Feb 2014
[Hide Photo] One pitch - Feb 2014
Brian stemming the high crux
[Hide Photo] Brian stemming the high crux
Can be climbed in one pitch with a 70 meter....
[Hide Photo] Can be climbed in one pitch with a 70 meter....
Larry Knapp at the (optional) midway belay
[Hide Photo] Larry Knapp at the (optional) midway belay

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[Hide Comment] The first ascent of this awesome route was in 1977 with wood-shaft axes and strap-on crampons. No-one can dispute that John Imbrie and Clint Cummins were total bad-asses. This route intimidates many leaders even now with modern gear. Nov 30, 2017