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Lots of ice climbing in the Notch. Multiple pitch ice walls begin as you enter the notch from either side on the notch's road closed for winter. I know south or town of Stowe approach. After a brisk, however you choose (I walked) to do the long stretch of road. On the right, east side is thick blue ice wall (WI3-4) and beyond it (WI4-) gully like wall. Higher uphill on the road there are gullies on the left, then wide multiple pitch flows higher up (WI3-4). Uphill on the road, east side from Stowe is the Elephant Head with little moderate and its various extreme ways up around it. Opposite here on left side are large buttresses also with a couple of routes. Here at the top of notch is some of the easiest (WI-2)and hardest climbing. The climbing can be extremely committing free soloing at the top of the notch on both sides. Better to trail along rope for rappelling. Lastly there is on the right side parking area just past the crest of the notch a going north a single pitch 50-80 feet steep slab (WI3-4) that is easily top-roped.
From Stowe Vermont head north to Smuggler's Notch. Park and walk into notch. Road is closed for the winter. About one mile to crest of the notch.
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Hidden Gully WI3-4 VT : Vermont Ice Climbing : Smugglers Notch Ice climbin...
The route can be done in 2-3 pitches, but you could do as many as 5 I would think.There are 2 definite pitches of easy ice/snow that lead to the upper snow field. From here there are 3 distinct separate variations that could be taken. I suppose you could do each one and rap back to the snowfield and then do the next. The left is the hardest, right is the easiest....[more] Browse More Classics in VT
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