Vermont’s longest route on one of the shortest days of the year!
December 18, 2010 § 1 Comment
I was back in Smuggler’s Notch today to climb with Eben and Frank. We chose the classic Hidden Gully for its length, varied climbing and awesome ambiance. Today it offered some good ice, some funky ice, and some great steep snow. A bit of everything in the course of Vermont’s longest alpine route!
Frank and Eben moving in to the second belay.
Our reward for this long ascent was stunning alpenglow on the northern Green Mountains, seen from the south rim of the Notch. As gorgeous as the views were, with the solstice fast approaching on one of the shortest days of the year, we quickly headed down. This was prudent, as the descent from the south rim is rather notorious, having benighted many. It certainly involves some tricky route finding and very cool surprises!
Here, Frank makes his way through the key to the descent, an amazing cave with a well hidden entrance through which we traversed to reach our rappel anchor.