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Drool of the Beast, (formerly known as The Mini Black Dike) 

WI5 PG13

Type:  Trad, Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 160', Grade II
Original: WI5 PG13 [details]
FA: Members of the R.C.F. (Rattlesnake Climbing Friends) I think Bob Pike and Ron Renolds did the first ascent in the late 1970's
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: bradley white on Feb 4, 2012

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Joe Klementovich on the Drool


Past the last buttress with the big ice bulge (usually veraglass, super thick this year) is a hidden deep recess quite a ways south of it. At this recess is a large pillar (the crux). After the pillar enter the dike and continue up the steep chimney ice for another 130+ft. I never found it and that's good because there is no exit into the woods. No rope soloing this climb is a death wish.


Many go looking for this climb and don't find it the first time. Same approach as 'Veraglass or crash'.


ice screws and small cams should suffice. Google Drool of the Beast, there are several great photos of it on line.

Photos of Drool of the Beast, (formerly known as The Mini Black Dike) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rick Barrett starting up the Drool
Rick Barrett starting up the Drool
Rock Climbing Photo: "Drool" from Lower Pond Jan 29th, 2017
BETA PHOTO: "Drool" from Lower Pond Jan 29th, 2017
Rock Climbing Photo: "Supertelephoto" of "Drool" fr...
BETA PHOTO: "Supertelephoto" of "Drool" fr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe Klementovich on the Drool
Joe Klementovich on the Drool

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By Eric Bluemn
From: Worcester, MA
Jan 10, 2017

Approach via greeley pond trail, then at the sign for the Mt Osceola summit trail take a right and follow the bootpack trending uphill. The ice will be located up and to the right on the obvious crag. Some post-holing may be required to reach the base.
By Northeast Alpine Start
From: Conway, New Hampshire
Jan 10, 2017

This is in pretty great shape (1/10/17)!

I only followed it once about 12 years ago and it was definitely not in (no ice first 20-30 feet)...

Today I got to lead it. It got a little squirrelly in spots (when it gets tight don't face right) but otherwise was super fun. 5- is accurate as there are pretty good rests between the techy bits but you definitely notice the techy bits.

Get it while it is so good! Video from the day:

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