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Home to several of the best ice climbing venues in the lower 48. Smugglers' Notch, Lake Willoughby, and several other small, high-quality areas offer steep, continuously sustained, ice flows--and mixed climbing--from 50 to 500' in length. Approaches can vary from drive-up cragging (Bolton Quarry) to hour-long slogs (Smugglers' Notch and Snake Mountain) up steep, snowy slopes. Regardless, Vermont has it in abundance during the winter months.
Depending on where you want to visit, directions can be simple or quite complex. It is best to reference the specific area you want to visit, and/or buy one of the many guidebooks available.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Vermont Ice Climbing:
Jefferson Slide WI2 M1-2 Mod. Snow PG13 Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 1 pitch, 60' Smugglers Notch Ice climbin...
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Ragnarock WI4+ M4 VT : Vermont Ice Climbing : Smugglers Notch Ice climbin...
An amazing classic climb!First pitch is just OK, pitch 2 spices it up, and the top pitch is superb exposed steep ice!P1. Angles up and left to the obvious corner with a short mixed section to bolted anchors.P2. (generally NO ice on this pitch!) Climb straight up to bolted anchors approx 100ft. or continue out right onto ice.P3. Angle out right to finish on the main flow or, if the ice is in continue straight up the steep curtain straight to the top! ...[more] Browse More Classics in VT
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