Williamstown/Brookfield Ice Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Looking down on the easy part of the Commitment Sl...
Ainsworth State Park.
Three big slides on the town line between Williamstown and Brookfield on rte 14. Falling ice signs indicate that this is as roadside as it gets.
Two slides are in Brookfield on the west side of the road, one is in Williamstown on the east side. They are about 300 yards apart. If heading south on 14 you might miss the one on the east side because its tucked away.
From road to top-out, all three slides are about 350-400', but each slide has about 250' of NEI1 easy sidestepping and post holing to get to the base of the vertical ice. After the slog there is a large vertical section on each slide 75'+.
The two on west side of the road look steep, but I haven't been up there. I would guess they go at NEI3-4 up top.
The easterly slide is called the Commitment Slide, unless someone else has a name for it. It goes at NEI 3, but you can climb it at a 2 off to the sides. Its as steep as you make it.
VT rte 14, between Williamstown and Brookfield. The falling ice sign gives it away.
Climbing Season For the Vermont Ice Climbing area.
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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BETA PHOTO: The Commitment Slide looking up at the start of th...
By Russell F
Feb 17, 2015
I went to check this area out and the one flow on the east side of rte 14 is pretty disappointing: short and nothing really worth climbing. We did, however, climb the next flow down on the west side of the road which was a pretty good climb. its about two pitches of ice, WI2-3, with about 150 vertical feet of steep snow from the road to the base of the ice (see West Side Slide)
From: Augusta, ME
Oct 24, 2016
Yeah that one wasn't as good the following year. I guess they fluctuate. Theres also a good 20' section near the ball field in Williamstown.