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Smugglers Notch 


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Location: 44.55625, -72.79428 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Home to dozens of amazing ice climbs. The area can either be very busy or totally empty - it's safe to count on a small crowd though.


Getting There 

Park on Rt. 108 where the road ends (seasonal road - don't try to drive up it, tickets are typically around $150 and the State Troopers love to hand em out).

Ski, snowshoe or hike up the road a mile or two to get to your climb - the climbs are obvious and located on both sides of the road.


77 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',7],['V2-3',40],['V4-5',13],['V6-7',10],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Smugglers Notch:
Runnin' for Cover   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 13'   Duck Soup Boulder
Top of the Notch   V2 5+     Boulder, 17'   Top of the Notch Boulders
The Problem Mantel 1   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Top of the Notch Boulders
Biscuit   V2-3 5+     Boulder   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
General Patton's Arete   V3 6A PG13     Boulder, 25'   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
The Workout Traverse   V3 6A     Boulder   Top of the Notch Boulders
Primate   V3 6A     Boulder   Top of the Notch Boulders
Pac-Man   V3 6A     Boulder   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
Fishman   V4 6B     Boulder, 8'   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
Dojo   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
Bejesus   V4-5 6B+     Boulder   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
Porn Star   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
The Roots   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   The Roots Boulder
Nemesis Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
The Green Egg (aka "Green Mountain Gringo")   V6- 7A PG13     Boulder, 16'   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
Boomerang   V6 7A     Boulder   Top of the Notch Boulders
The Masochist   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   Top of the Notch Boulders
While You Were Greening   V6+ 7A     Boulder, 15'   Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
The Impossible Problem   V7 7A+     Boulder   Top of the Notch Boulders
Pulled Pork   V7 7A+     Boulder   Top of the Notch Boulders
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Featured Route For Smugglers Notch
Lily heading up the fun arete

General Patton's Arete V3 6A PG13  VT : Smugglers Notch : Boulders Behind the Main Pa...
Start up the left angling arete on the nice right edge. After you're halfway there, you can reach around the corner and finish up on the the low angle face or continue working up the arete proper, gaining the obvious finishing horn and topping out.The down climb on the opposite, back corner of the boulder might be a little scary for some. It's down low angle face with crimps and left hand side pulls galore. I figure I'd mention it for anyone who may be nervous.If I screwed up the route name, ...[more]   Browse More Classics in VT

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By ri.
Oct 9, 2007

Also some of the best bouldering in the NE. See Kemples guide.

By Chris Silk
From: Hooksett
May 21, 2008

Lee we should come up here and boulder. Leah and I made it up last year and it was amazing!

By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Jan 4, 2009

Someone should post more route info... I would love to know more bout the bouldering here

By Pat McGinn
Sep 29, 2009

I'm going to try and put up a comprehensive guide with all the routes I know about.

By Arian
Apr 13, 2010

Check out Tim Kemple's guidebook for the area, New England Bouldering. It can be picked up at just about any outdoor shop for under $30 and it includes not only Smugglers Notch, but many other areas in New England as well such as Rumney, Lincoln Woods, Pawtuckaway, just to name a few. The new edition even has updated lines like the V11 Truth and Lies.

By Chris Duca
Administrator
From: Havertown, PA
Apr 14, 2010

I would air on the side of caution when using the aforementioned guidebook when visiting Smuggs. Though comprehensive, it does include some misleading information re: difficulty, names, location. Additionally, as dense and maze-like as Smuggs is, it is hard to use said guidebook when navigating around up there. Better to find a local for the tour.

By mikejohnson1
From: Essex Junction, VT
Jul 25, 2010

I hope to add a bunch of climbs including pictures and more descriptive approaches (See the listing on Thump for what not to do...). Please feel free to correct any mistakes in names/grades I may make.

By Colin R
From: Ottawa, ON
Jul 26, 2010

I agree with Chris. The NE Bouldering Guidebook was not compiled by locals (was added more as an after thought in my opinion) and so does contain some misleading information. That said, it's got most of the basics right though I think some grades are questionable in origin and a few of the names are wrong too. If I am correct I believe "The Green Egg" is called "Green Mountain Gringo" in the guidebook (is that where the surrogate name started?). In reality, there was never a "Green Mountain Gringo" problem on that boulder, it was always "The Green Egg" with the FA by John Sherman. Someone correct me if I am wrong....

By rogerk
Jun 25, 2012

Is there a way to organize this area by boulder?

I'd like to add some of the lines & variations that didn't make it into Kemple's guide. but organization by boulder would make it much easier to find the lines.

By MikeJ
Aug 7, 2012

I agree the grades in the Kemple book are all incredibly inconsistent, and directions to boulders are often misleading. Still, better than nothing.

Best part of climbing at Smuggs: pissing off passing drivers. Some woman in a mini van called us "very stupid" as we finished a roadside V0... definitely the highlight of my weekend! :)

By JamieRe
From: Providence, RI
Sep 21, 2012

Any idea on what the weather will be like up there this weekend, Sept 21st, Does the place dry out fast??

By boulderbum
From: NY
Mar 27, 2014

Colin you are wrong. Read stone crusade. VT gym gumbies called it green egg out of sheer ignorance.

By rogerk
Apr 3, 2014

Boulderbum,
It's not out of sheer ignorance. The Vermonter who was with Sherman on the day of the send has misremembered the name and told the story repeatedly with the "Green Egg" name. Simple misremembering of something that happened years ago.